Joanne Y Cleaver


Joanne Cleaver is a strategic communication consultant, media trainer, media readiness coach, editor, writer, and real estate guru. Check her out on Google+!

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JUNE 10, 2013 | MONDAY
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 several decades. And despite the 30% drop in home equity that hammered milli...

JUNE 3, 2013 | MONDAY
3 Budget Busters and How to Sidestep Them

Interior designer Patricia Brown has counseled hundreds of clients through renovation projects large and small. She even offers an online workshop that helps homeowners sidestep the bigge...

MAY 27, 2013 | MONDAY
Walkable Locations Step Up Value

Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher values than houses in areas only accessible via car. How much higher? Acc...

MAY 13, 2013 | MONDAY
How Stuck Is Your Market? Two Key Metrics to Track

All real estate is local, but it’s national real estate statistics that dominate headlines. If you wish to identify emerging trends relevant to your market, ignore such perennially popula...

MAY 6, 2013 | MONDAY
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 a fast-and-dirty flip—buying low, fixing quick, and selling in a rebou...

APRIL 29, 2013 | MONDAY
Remodeling for Resale: 3 Tarnished Trends to Avoid

At times it's necessary to walk a fine line when remodeling. On the one hand, you want to give your house distinct appeal, but on the other hand, you should avoid making your residence so...

APRIL 22, 2013 | MONDAY
Beyond Stainless: What Buyers Want This Spring

House hunters today aren’t necessarily fixated on luxury finishes like stainless steel. They are practical and focused on function, willing to pay more for a house whose features align wi...

APRIL 15, 2013 | MONDAY
5 Savvy Upgrades That Add Home Value

Will your project pay off? For a trustworthy estimate, consult Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report to find comprehensive data you can use to gauge whether a given upgrade i...

APRIL 8, 2013 | MONDAY
Measure Twice, Borrow Once: Home Equity Loan Success

Home values are bouncing back—is the trend strong enough to support your bid for a home equity loan?According to the S&P Case Shiller index, sale prices are up 8. 1% for the 20 me...

APRIL 1, 2013 | MONDAY
Suddenly, a Seller’s Market?

That choking sound you hear is the echo of real estate deals not getting done, because suddenly, buyers can’t find houses they want.  In markets where buyers are clamoring for properties,...