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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AUGUST 13, 2012 | MONDAY
Leap Over the Top 3 Market Obstacles

Whether you are selling or buying a house, your plans are likely to be derailed by one of three factors that are tripping up thousands of real estate deals this year, according to a recen...

Biggest Bang for Your Buck? The Bath

If you only have so much time and money to spend on a remodeling project, you'll stay more on trend by investing in the bath. A recent survey from Better Homes & Gardens found tha...

JULY 30, 2012 | MONDAY
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 marketability of your house if you, like most homeowners, sell in seven to ten...

JULY 23, 2012 | MONDAY
FHA Financing for Renovations? Yes, But...

It's not a snap, but the Federal Housing Agency's 203k program enables homeowners to finance home improvements as part of their FHA-insured purchase or refinance loan. How much? It depend...

JULY 16, 2012 | MONDAY
Capture High Marks for Below-Grade Improvements

Photo: shutterstock. comBasements are a common target for the supposedly easy and fast addition of livable space. After all, the space is there; it can't be that hard to finish and heat, ...

JULY 9, 2012 | MONDAY
Put an Appraiser on Your Remodeling Team

Home values continue to vacillate in most markets, which means that it's difficult to estimate exactly how much equity you might be adding with a renovation or remodeling project. If you ...

JULY 2, 2012 | MONDAY
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 study of millennials by Western Union found that nearly half expect t...

JUNE 25, 2012 | MONDAY
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 Angeles, the news from the front lines is that house-hungry buyers ca...

JUNE 18, 2012 | MONDAY
Senior Moment: Boost Home Value by Enabling Independent Living

Not much has been guaranteed in the housing industry in the past seven years, but there's one trend that is sure to reinforce the market value: the aging population. Baby boomers will liv...

JUNE 11, 2012 | MONDAY
Every Home's a Stage

You stripped the woodwork, replaced the windows, and brought the kitchen from the dark ages into the light. You poured your heart into your house. And now it's time to sell it. Rehabbers ...