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17 Brands Born and Loved in the U.S.A.
In honor of the Fourth of July, we decided to recognize some popular made-in-America brands. From garage doors to blankets to exterior paints, these companies are...
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The New Homeowner's Survival Guide
So you’ve bought your first house—congratulations! You’ve searched for and found a place that you love. You've secure...
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7 Real Estate Deal Breakers to Avoid
The house is yours—almost. Make sure you don't fall victim to these common pitfalls that might break the deal.
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Don't "Fall" Down: Surviving Autumn's New Real Estate Rules
Well, that didn’t last long. The buoyant housing market of this past spring has already sputtered out, and mounting e...
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Quick Tip: House Hunting
If you're house hunting, here are some things to keep in mind on your walk-through. Check for structural integrity. E...
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3 Steps to an Easy Mortgage Approval
Risky practices consigned to the past, mortgage lenders are now returning to applying the same standards that your pa...
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5 Pro Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Fixer-Upper
As founder and president of The Rural Connection, a real estate company based in Upstate New York, Randy Florke has p...
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A Good School District Is Worth How Much?
You don't need children to understand that good public schools support the value of homes in their district. And whil...
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Don't Let Emotions Cloud Your Real Estate Judgment
Real estate agents like to say that house hunters make offers based not on price, but emotions. Recently, Duke Univer...
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10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Foreclosed Home
With almost a third of the home sales in this country consisting of properties in some stage of foreclosure last quar...
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House-Choosing Checklist
Buying a new home can be exciting, and it’s tempting to grab the first house you fall in love with. But exercising a ...
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How To: Find Affordable Housing
In most areas of the U. S. , housing costs are rising faster than wages. To meet the federal government’s definition ...
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Historic Home Buying 101
Perhaps you have been searching for several months or even years, and now you have found the perfect home. Your dream...
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Consider a Condo for Your Second Home
Bob Vila’s Home Again opened its fifteenth season with a bay-front condo remodel along the Venetian Island stretch of...
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Evaluate the Home Systems
So you like the way the house looks and believe the footprint will accommodate your family’s needs. But how does it f...
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Evaluate the Home Interior
The Floor PlanFind out how many rooms the house has and whether or not the number will meet your family’s needs. In p...
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Evaluate the Home Exterior
Before you buy a home, you should hire a professional inspector to conduct a thorough analysis of the true state of t...
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Don’t Waive That Inspection Contingency!
With home sales running a solid 12% ahead of last spring, some house hunters are waiving the inspection contingency. ...
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What’s Up with Down Payments?
For the past several years, 20% has been the minimum down payment for standard loans, but as the market recovers and ...
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Has the Recovery Hit Your Block?
The residential housing market is finally experiencing an upswing across most markets. Even relatively stable regions...
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Want to Build Wealth? Pick the Right Mortgage
Owning a home is the best way to build family wealth—that's been the prevailing wisdom, at least, for the last severa...
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Walkable Locations Step Up Value
Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher val...
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Quick Flip: Is Now the Moment to Buy, Improve, and Sell?
All of a sudden there are not enough houses for sale to meet homebuyers' rising level of demand.  Could you pull off ...
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How To: Sleuth an Open House
Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
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Buy for Your Buyer
The smart way to buy today is with resale in mind. Here are four long-term trends that will likely shape the marketab...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Short Sales
Lots of home-buyers look for “short sales”, because on the surface, they can seem like a bargain. CM_BVILANOTES-6 Buy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Foreclosures
In the current real estate market, it’s not hard to find foreclosed properties to buy. But a home that looks like a g...
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Gen 'Why' Ponders Homeownership
Though they've seen their parents lose equity, today's 20-somethings have home-buying on their minds. A just-released...
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How To: (Really) Win a Bidding War
It's a realty agent's dream: bidding wars are back! At least, that's the hyperventilation du jour. From Boston to Los...
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Checklist: A Safe and Insurable House
Following some simple guidelines can safeguard your property, keep your family protected, and lower your insurance pr...
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Quick Tip: Hire a Home Inspector Before You Buy
Search for Hidden Problems Now, more than ever, buyer beware. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repa...
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Getting a Loan
Loaning money is at the heart of a bank's business. But to stay in business, the bank must do it carefully, lending i...
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Should Your First Home Be a Fixer-Upper?
Mark Brock is a fan of fixer-uppers. He bought his first in the midseventies, a circa-1935 house in Columbia, SC, tha...
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