Month: May 2015

Buying a home? Look past the staging

Buying a home? Then you’ve likely come across a staged home. Home sellers rearrange furniture to make rooms look bigger and bake cookies to fill the air with a homey aroma. But you, smart homebuyer, should look beyond the stagecraft. “While not all staging is trickery, because the basic premise of staging is to make

What to Do If Your Home Purchase Appraisal Comes Up Short

Since a home is collateral for your mortgage, your mortgage can’t be approved without an appraisal report on the home’s value. Appraisals aren’t guaranteed to come in at your contract price, and your loan options change if your appraisal comes in short. Here’s what to do if this happens. How a low appraisal changes your loan options When

7 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money

  You know a fresh coat of paint can give any room a quick and inexpensive facelift. But did you know that a little paint can also perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors? Basically, if it doesn’t move, you can paint it. But only after you’ve paid special attention to prep — cleaning,

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