Joanne Y Cleaver

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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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NOVEMBER 12, 2012 | MONDAY
Remodeling Heats Up

Brace for a remodeling revival in 2013.  The Harvard Joint Center on Housing is predicting double-digit growth for home remodeling next  year, citing stabilizing home values and continued...

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 | MONDAY
The Case for Flood Insurance

Nothing underlines the importance of flood insurance like a Major Weather Event. The damage inflicted by Sandy—the hurricane turned "post-tropical cyclone"—has thrust flood insu...

OCTOBER 29, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Calculate the True Cost of Homeownership

Homeownership is widely considered to be a bedrock of family financial stability, but as aftershocks continue to reverberate through the real estate market, it's important to know exactly...

OCTOBER 22, 2012 | MONDAY
Estimating Home Value: Whose Price Is Right?

Hooray! The housing market is bouncing back from the depths! No, wait, prices are going sideways—in some markets. Who to believe? We'll sort it out right here. Here's how to filter housin...

OCTOBER 15, 2012 | MONDAY
Contain the Commission to 3%

You saw its potential. You designed, bought, plumbed, wired and painted it. Now that you are thinking of selling your house, why not do it on your own?Selling 'by owner' is much loathed b...

OCTOBER 8, 2012 | MONDAY
Scrapbooking for Fun and Profit

Documenting your project makes for great before-and-after photos to impress friends. A scrapbook can also validate your financial records. So while you're busy taking photos for fun, take...

OCTOBER 1, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Sleuth an Open House

Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential return on your improvement projects by ensuring that your house is one...

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 | MONDAY
See Your House Through Appraisal Goggles

Good news! Real estate prices are firming up, and sales are on an upswing. You may soon be able to cash in on your home improvements. But before you try to impress buyers, you have to imp...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 | MONDAY
Heat Up Kitchen Resale Value

Kitchens sell houses. That's still true. But if you are remodeling your kitchen with an eye towards recapturing your investment, you'll want to concentrate money on the elements that deli...

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 | MONDAY
3 Ways Your Neighbors Affect Your Home's Value

Here's some context for the old adage that home values are based on location, location, location: We identify three ways in which your neighborhood affects your home's value, and how you ...