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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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MAY 29, 2012 | TUESDAY
No Vacation: Tax Rules Tighten on Getaway Homes

Ah, a secluded, peaceful vacation home, far from the madding crowd. . . But not far enough to be away from the IRS. Tax rules applying to rental income from a vacation home that you use f...

MAY 21, 2012 | MONDAY
Today's Rents for Yesterday's Houses

Renting is suddenly cool: these days, renting is about lifestyle and flexibility, says Jane Hodges, author of the newly published Rent vs Own (Chronicle).  And because renters just want t...

MAY 14, 2012 | MONDAY
The Rising Cost of Low-Rate FHA Loans

In the wake of the housing bust, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), once a lender of "near-last resort" for moderate-income buyers, has become a lender of "first resort&q...

MAY 7, 2012 | MONDAY
Top Terms to Employ in Your Listing for a Faster Sale

Talk isn't cheap, not when it comes to picking the right words to describe the house you are selling. Paul Anglin, an economics professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, analyzed ...

APRIL 30, 2012 | MONDAY
Words to Sell By: Perfect the Language in Your Listing

You're proud of your work. But the ultimate validation comes from househunters and real estate agents. In today's unforgiving market, they won't put up with amateur work. And they sure do...

APRIL 23, 2012 | MONDAY
Fee for All: How to Keep More Equity

Realty agents have clung to their traditional 6% fee structure through boom and bust, insisting that 6% of the home seller's price is fair, since agents share the risk. They don't get pai...

APRIL 16, 2012 | MONDAY
Why Is The Home Depot So Crowded?

If you're tackling a home improvement project this spring, you're not the only one reinvesting sweat equity in your house. This is the DIY comeback year, according to an American Express ...

APRIL 9, 2012 | MONDAY
Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

As April 15 bears down, you might be able to save a little "scratch" if your 2011 home improvements fell within the narrow parameters outlined by the Internal Revenue Service. H...