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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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,...

MARCH 25, 2013 | MONDAY
3 Ways to Polish Your Online Real Estate Listing

“Curb appeal” is real estate jargon referring to the first impression your home makes on prospective buyers.  With about 90% of house hunters sifting through online listings to narrow the...

MARCH 18, 2013 | MONDAY
Reading Between the Lines on Customer Review Sites

Unhappy with the job your contractor did? Peeved at your local hardware store's churlish service? Annoyed with the runaround you got from a real estate agent? Just use an online review si...

MARCH 11, 2013 | MONDAY
Tax Tips for Home Sellers

Selling a house can yield some unexpected tax benefits. Few of us buy or sell often enough to stay abreast of the latest turns of the tax screw, so here’s an update on a few policies that...

MARCH 5, 2013 | TUESDAY
2 Professionals Who Can Save You Thousands

"Satisfaction goes up when you have concrete expectations," says CA-based contractor Dan Fritschen.  The unglamorous truth is that planning ahead saves money. In order to plan e...

FEBRUARY 25, 2013 | MONDAY
Cost and Competition: Remodeling Heats Up

If you are thinking that this is the year to tackle a bigger renovation project that you’ve been postponing, you’re not the only one. After several years of maintenance mode, homeowners a...

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 | MONDAY
What Your Contractor Won't Tell You

Licenses, bonding, and insurance: Every contractor is required by law to have these essential documents in order, but not all do. And the harsh reality is that, if your contractor flouts ...

FEBRUARY 11, 2013 | MONDAY
Energize Savings with a "Green" Tax Credit

In the midst of the budget crisis in Washington, home energy tax credits were retained for the 2012 tax year. That means you can claim a 10% credit for up to $5,000 worth of qualified ene...

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 | MONDAY
Is Housing Really Back?

Hyperventilation over the housing market recovery is reaching gale force. National news outlets are quoting some experts as saying that housing will lead economic growth this year. Pass t...