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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AUGUST 19, 2013 | MONDAY
Keep Your Contractor Happy: 3 Major Missteps to Avoid

Is the roofer or tile setter not returning your phone calls? Don't take it personally.  Economists agree that home improvement has strengthened this year. In other words, contractors are ...

AUGUST 12, 2013 | MONDAY
How To: Attract First-Time Home Buyers

Millennials can’t seem to catch a break. Saddled with student loan debt and facing some tough employment challenges, 20-somethings today are finding it more difficult than previous genera...

AUGUST 5, 2013 | MONDAY
Selling Your House? Help Your Neighbors Help You

We've all heard the real estate maxim, "location, location, location," but not everyone fully appreciates how neighbors can affect the perception—and indirectly, the value—of a ...

JULY 29, 2013 | MONDAY
How To: Figure Out What Your House Is Worth

If you're refinancing or selling your home and wish to find its estimated value, a handful of online tools can help you. While it's true that a lender will only accept the valuation of a ...

JULY 22, 2013 | MONDAY
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 University published scientific research that supports the reality of such a...

JULY 15, 2013 | MONDAY
Clean Credit Wins Home Loans

Mortgage interest rates continue at record lows, but if you're hoping to snag a home equity loan for a planned renovation, you'll soon discover that banks consider a different number to b...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
5 Smart Home Improvements? Think Again!

Built-in aquariums: the amenity that quickly becomes an eyesore. Of all the misfired home improvements that Daniel Fries has observed in his 30 years as a home appraiser, aquariums top hi...

JULY 8, 2013 | MONDAY
So, You Want to... Add an In-Law Suite

No matter what you call it, an in-law suite or an intergeneration living unit, it's the same thing in the end: one address, two dwellings. Post-recession, these additions are back in vogu...

JULY 1, 2013 | MONDAY
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. So worried about landing a desirable property, The Boston Globe report...

JUNE 24, 2013 | MONDAY
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 lenders relax (a little), there’s talk of 10% down becoming more widel...