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10 Simple Ways to Avoid Real Estate Regret
Buying a home is the single largest investment most people will ever make, but if you’re not familiar with the process and you don’t take steps to protect yoursel...
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10 Telltale Signs That a Home Will Be Going on the Market
If you’ve been house-hunting for a while, you know how frustrating it is to comb through the listings every week only to discover that the best houses are already...
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12 Exterior Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House
Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your ...
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10 Things Real Homeowners Regret About Buying a House
Buying your first home is an exciting experience, but it can also trigger uncertainty and trepidation. With so much to do and so many decisions to make, it's not ...
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18 Hidden Costs of Moving
Packing up and moving is expensive, costing an average of $1,200 to $6,000, depending on the distance to your new home and whether you move your own possessions o...
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14 Mansions You Can Rent Right Now—for Less Than You Think!
Mansions usually carry sky-high price tags that keep them out of reach for most of us. But believe it or not, a small selection of these elegant edifices can be y...
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The Most Expensive Trailer Parks in America
If you think mobile homes are low cost—and also low on style, space, and amenities—it's time to think again. In cities across the United States, these mobile home...
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18 Times a House Listing Drove the Internet Crazy
It is always fascinating to peek inside other people's lives, and there is no better way to do it than by seeing the inside of their home. That is why real estate...
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11 Things Not to Do If You Ever Want to Sell Your House
If you’re planning on selling your property, don’t let your house sit on the market any longer than necessary. Take a page from our book and avoid these 11 common...
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Just Moved In? 11 Things to Do Right Away
You just moved into a new home—congratulations! Now that the moving truck is unloaded, you probably have a million things to do before getting settled. Prioritize...
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10 Real Estate Negotiation Tactics That Can Really Backfire
On the lookout for a new home? First, peruse our list of negotiation dos and don’ts, culled from the advice of industry professionals. The bottom line? As you emb...
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10 Things You Should Never Do in a Rental Home
Most lease agreements spell out exactly what a tenant can and cannot do, but some renters neglect to read the fine print. Avoid hefty fines and tedious legal issu...
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9 Reasons You Might Not Get a Mortgage
Applying for a home mortgage can be a time-consuming, costly, and frustrating process. When the housing crisis hit in 2008, banks and other mortgage lenders drama...
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9 Things Not to Say in Your Real Estate Listing
If you're putting your house on the market, you're probably anxious to sell it quickly and move on—but you also want to get the best possible price. Today’s real ...
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The Easiest Way to Get More Money for Your Home
Hoping to sell your home this season? Undoubtedly, you want the very best offer. So, before you put your home on the ...
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Where to Get the Most Bang for Your Real Estate Buck
While homeownership is an exciting prospect, potential buyers face a number of perils, including the possible devaluing of a newly acquired property. The secret t...
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11 Lies You Can't Tell When Selling Your Home
Selling your house can be a high-stress undertaking. You want potential buyers to see your home at its best, so you might wonder whether you really need to disclo...
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These 9 Websites Make Buying or Selling Your Home Easier
Whether you’re selling a property or looking to buy, real estate transactions often seem daunting. At the very least, they require spending countless hours resear...
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The Most Popular House Styles in America Right Now
Today’s home buyers encounter a melting pot of architectural styles across the United States, ranging from sprawling Queen Annes to clean-lined contemporaries. Bu...
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10 Signs You're Paying Too Much for Your Mortgage
Taking out a home mortgage is a rite of passage for many Americans. According to real estate authority Zillow, fewer than a quarter of buyers pay with cash; the r...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Buying Land
If you hope to build your dream house or even a getaway cabin, you’ve probably been thinking about finding the perfec...
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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Bought a Foreclosure
Anyone with an interest in real estate may be tempted to buy a foreclosed home, a property on which the owner stopped making mortgage payments. The low prices lur...
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12 Things You Don't Realize Are Annoying Your Neighbors
Living in a neighborhood is generally a delight that's marked by lasting friendships and a shared sense of community and civic responsibility, but there are times...
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12 Reasons a Realtor Might Not Want to Work with You
Most homeowners are under the impression that real estate agents are dying to list their houses and that they’ll do virtually anything to get a listing. Yet, whil...
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America’s Lowest Property Taxes Are in These 12 States
How much are you paying in property taxes? Depending on where you live, your property taxes may be modest, or they may actually be higher than your mortgage payme...
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The 7 Most Annoying Things About Buying a Home
Buying a home is a major milestone. By the time someone puts in an offer on that dream home, there have already been months of careful budgeting, scouring listing...
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12 Outdoor Upgrades That Make Your Home More Valuable
Exterior upgrades enhance the look of your property and can offer recreational benefits. Not every renovation, however, produces a return on investment, and some ...
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10 Signs Your House Isn’t Ready to Go on the Market
Think you’re ready to sell your house? Not so fast. First, you probably need to take care of a few straightforward cleaning and maintenance tasks. To give your ho...
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11 Selfish Reasons to Make Friends with Your Neighbors
Creating a desirable neighborhood requires commitment and participation from the people who reside there. When you get to know your neighbors, you’ll not only fee...
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Don't Quit Your Day Job: 10 Tips for Wannabe House Flippers
You’ve heard the story: Someone purchases a run-down house below market value, fixes its flaws, and sells the remodeled property for a hefty profit. But while thi...
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Paint Your Home One of These Colors to Make It Sell for More
Selling your home? If so, never underestimate the value of curb appeal. Buyers will often pay a premium for the prettiest house on the block, and paint color play...
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8 Homeowners Admit to Their All-Time Biggest Screw-Ups
Everyone makes mistakes—especially in the course of owning and maintaining a home: One wrong turn and a seeming straightforward job can turn into a money pit proj...
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10 Reasons Why I Should Have Never Bought That Fixer-Upper!
Who doesn’t harbor fantasies of transforming a seen-better-days abode into a showplace? Whether hoping to live in the resulting residence, use it as a rental prop...
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7 Signs Starter Homes May Be a Thing of the Past
If you’re a millennial, which puts you anywhere from about 20 through 36, you’re in the age range where young people in generations past would have purchased thei...
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How To: Sell Your Home This Winter
Even the real estate market is susceptible to the winter blues. Once temperatures begin to dip and the holidays arrive, both home buyers and inventory drop off sh...
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Bob Vila Radio: The 1 Thing You Shouldn't Pay for When Moving
Moving to new digs? Make sure your belongings are well packed, so they make the trip safely. Of course to do that, yo...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Does a Home Inspection Cover?
Home inspections are not cheap. But if you’re looking to purchase a home, having it thoroughly inspected before you c...
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The Cost of 2,000 Square Feet in America’s Cheapest Cities
While real estate prices soar in some markets around the country, there are still a number of cities where you can find a real steal. Click through to see what a ...
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The Best Things You Can Do for the Value of Your Home
Your home isn't just a house—it's where you unwind, work, play, and spend time with those you love. So, every remodel or renovation you tackle should take into ac...
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7 Things You Need to Know About Your Home
You can probably recite your home’s square footage, your property's acreage, and your community's school district—but do you know your neighborhood's noise policy...
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8 Times to Accept a Lowball Offer
When the time comes to sell, homeowners always want to get the best possible price so they can recoup their significant financial—and emotional—investment. It is ...
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How Much!? You Won't Believe the Price of These Teeny Tiny Apartments
Downsizing your digs won't always spare your wallet. For proof, look no further than this selection of amenity-rich (and richly priced) tiny apartments scattered ...
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11 Incredible Mansions That No One Wants to Buy
Have you ever passed by a wow-worthy residence that's had a "For Sale" sign on display for what seems like an eternity and wondered why no one has scooped up the ...
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8 Things Every Home Inspection Checklist Should Include
Buying a new home can be a thrilling and terrifying adventure. During the process, you’ll need to address dozens of d...
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10 Things to Leave Behind the Next Time You Move
As homeowners pack moving boxes and wrap furniture in blankets, one question inevitably runs through their minds: How did I accumulate so many things? Moving is a...
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Endless Acres: 14 of the Biggest Properties in America
While the average lot size of a home in the United States is about one-fifth of an acre, some super-size abodes boast ginormous backyards that span 50 acres or mo...
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Buyers Pay More for Homes with These 12 Features
Remodeling is a big investment—and whether you’re doing it for your own benefit or with an eye towards selling your house, it’s nice to know which redos are going...
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11 Signs It's Time to Move
The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you won’t know for sure if you never move. According to data analysis site FiveThirtyEight, the avera...
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America's 50 Most Exclusive Neighborhoods
Sure, property seekers have been going nuts over prices in Hollywood, South Beach, and Greenwich Village for years, but it might surprise you to know that these a...
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Solved! How Much to Tip Movers
Q: My wife and I are moving to our first house next week and were told that the move would take a full day. Will the ...
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9 Ways to Pay Less for Home Insurance
Many consumers don’t pay much attention to the cost of homeowner’s insurance, simply accepting the fact that they have to pay steep prices to protect their bigges...
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10 Reasons to Buy an “Ugly” Home
Homes with great floor plans and awesome curb appeal generate loads of interest from buyers, making these properties easy sellers. By contrast, the ugly house on ...
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9 Things Home Makeover Shows Never Tell You
It was recently disclosed that some of the homeowners on the popular HGTV series "Fixer Upper" had already purchased their home before the show started filming—sh...
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11 Myths Homebuyers Should Never Believe
From the open house to securing a mortgage to closing day, purchasing a home is a complex and daunting process. Here are 11 myths that home buyers should abandon ...
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No Place Like Dome: 14 Homes That Are Anything But Square
Boasting a compact yet durable construction and an energy-efficient curved shape, dome homes have made a memorable entrance into towns across America and beyond—a...
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11 Awful Real Estate Photos—And How to Make Yours Great
An Internet real estate listing can be crucial in attracting buyers, and the photos that accompany that listing are incredibly important. They are the first impre...
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12 Surprising Truths About Millennial Homebuyers
Many millennials may still live with their parents but that doesn’t mean people born between 1981 and 1997 don’t have their eyes on the prize: a home of their own...
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10 Decisions Homeowners Never Regret
When it comes to shelling out for renovations and fixes, homeowners have no shortage of options. So when is it smart to splurge and when is it foolish? From wirin...
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9 Towns That'll Pay You to Move There
If you're looking to relocate, there are several cities in the United States that offer big incentives to new residents. Check out these cities that will pay you,...
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Straight and Narrow: 22 Shotgun Houses We Love
Shotgun houses, traditionally no wider than 12 feet, feature a cascaded floor plan, wherein each room is arranged behind the other. These popular residential arch...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pinpointing Property Lines
If you’re thinking of building out toward the edges of your lot, you first need to determine the exact location of yo...
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20 Beautiful Homes Hiding in America's Most Affordable Cities
From Pittsburgh to Kansas City, the most economical cities in America are also home to some of the most extravagant abodes standing today. For proof, take a grand...
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14 Surprising Small Towns the Stars Call Home
For camera-shy celebrities, the best way to dodge paparazzi is often to get out of Dodge. These 14 notable names have done just that, temporarily—or even permanen...
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18 Castles You Can Buy (for Less Than You Think)
Who said you had to be a royal to live like one? Everyday house hunters looking for a new place to call home can snag any one of these on-the-market castles and c...
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What 11 Ordinary People Paid to Live in Your Favorite Movie Homes
Ever wished you could live in the home of Harry Potter, Royal Tenenbaum, or Kevin McCallister? For 11 buyers, movie magic became a reality when they scooped up th...
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The 20 Best Towns for Trick-or-Treating
Where are the best haunts for sweet treats and family-friendly frights on Halloween night? The results are in! A team of researchers at real estate site <a href="...
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10 Small Towns with Big Home Bargains
The housing market has definitely rebounded since the Great Recession, but if you know where to look, you can still get a home for well under $100,000—especially ...
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8 Red Flags to Look For in a Real Estate Listing
Real estate listings are written to sell houses, period. While most agents maintain an honesty-is-best policy when writing house listings, that won't keep them fr...
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9 Ways Your Neighbors Can Screw Up Your Home Sale
If you’ve ever been on the hunt for that perfect piece of real estate, you know that decisions aren’t made by checklists alone. Sure, factors like location, squar...
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12 Things Realtors Look For in Homes of Their Own
The property professionals who show and sell houses for a living have to live somewhere too! So what’s on their “must" list for homes of their own? Real estate ag...
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Buyer Beware: 9 Real Estate Scams to Watch Out For
A competitive housing market may require fast action, but buyers, sellers, and renters still need to proceed with extreme caution. Home-purchase and rental transa...
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10 Surprising Reasons to Start House Hunting in Fall
It’s a well-established pattern: Home sales heat up every spring and summer, and then, as the leaves begin to change, the market begins to cool. By November, with...
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How To: Find Property Lines
Good fences may make good neighbors, but accidentally erecting one on a neighbor&#39;s property can lead to hard feelings...
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9 Quick Fixes for a Faster Home Sale
So, you think you're ready to put your house on the market? Not so fast! First, find an experienced selling agent and start looking at other neighborhood properti...
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10 Simple Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Dream Home
In almost every city in the United States, certain neighborhoods are in hot demand, and real estate dealings in those areas can become alarmingly cutthroat. Don’t...
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10 Spots It's Okay to Snoop at Every Open House
Attending open houses can feel a bit awkward at first—after all, you’re basically invading the private space of a perfect stranger. But buying a home is a time to...
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21 Brilliant Money-Saving Hacks for Your Next Move
Whether you move during peak season or in the depths of winter, you'll probably have to deal with stress and a dwindling supply of energy and funds. When it's tim...
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Selling Your Home? 7 Things to Know Right Off the Bat
Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? If so, you probably want the sale to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Well then, get ready to put in ...
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9 Unexpected Turnoffs for Home Buyers
When you put your home up for sale, you need to put in quite a bit of work to make it an attractive competitor on the real estate market. Location, price, and a h...
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10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Realtor
The best listing agents serve as coaches and copilots, helping home sellers navigate a market that can be lucrative and treacherous in equal amounts. It’s wise to...
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9 Ways to Get the Best Price on Your Dream Home
Purchasing a house is a major undertaking--and, even for folks who’ve been through it before, the process can be a bit terrifying. The sums are usually huge, the ...
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12 Secrets Every Savvy Home Seller Needs to Know
Whether a town’s market is hot or not, certain homes seem to effortlessly attract packed open houses and multiple bids. What’s the secret behind these brisk and b...
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12 Reasons Your Home Isn't Worth as Much as You Think
Before putting your home on the market, try to see it from the buyer's point of view. Everything from the exterior landscaping to the interior paint palette could...
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The Best (and Worst) Things You Can Do Before an Open House
Selling a home can be an emotional process, but in order to get the place ready for sale, you’ll need to set your emotions aside. With a ruthlessly objective eye,...
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10 Signs That Fixer-Upper Might Be a Money Pit
Purchasing a house that needs some TLC can be a good investment—if the needed repairs aren’t too costly. While some fixer-uppers can come together with a coat of ...
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11 Home Staging Tricks That Don’t Cost a Penny
To maximize a home’s potential market value, many real estate agents recommend hiring a professional stager or investing in fairly major fix-ups. But what if your...
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10 Simple Tricks to Make Buyers Love Your Home
It is possible to wow and delight potential purchasers without investing crazy amounts of time and money. Read on for 10 minor changes that can inspire real esta...
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11 Common Problems Home Sellers Try to Hide
While laws vary from state to state, generally speaking, sellers are responsible for disclosing only information within their personal knowledge that could affect...
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10 Things to Know About Being Your Own Real Estate Agent
Before you decide to go the "For Sale by Owner" route, it's a good idea to figure out what you're getting yourself into. You might find that the time commitment, ...
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Ready to Sell? 17 Things to Do First
To increase your chances of a quick sale, there's a long list of tasks you should complete before you post a "For Sale" sign in your front yard. If you're getting...
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9 Age-Old Real Estate Tips to Ignore Completely
Not all advice is good advice. When it comes to the real estate market, friends and family may offer their unsolicited opinions based on common beliefs, but it’s ...
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The Top 10 Costly Mistakes Home Buyers Make
Homeownership is on the rise again. With mortgage applications surging and homeownership experiencing its first uptick since 2013, now seems like a good time to b...
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13 Mistakes Not to Make If You Ever Want to Sell Your Home
If you plan to sell your home someday (and most people do), it's important to always consider the long-term consequences of short-term design decisions. Remember,...
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9 Things You Won't Believe Home Insurance Doesn't Cover
Most homeowners insurance policies get squared away in the early stages of home buying and aren't much looked at agai...
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8 Home Costs That Take New Buyers by Surprise

While renting has the advantage of being affordable and carefree, purchasing your own home can be a great investment opportunity—if you’re prepared. Unlike with ...
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6 Tempting Upgrades That Smart Homeowners Avoid
Not all home improvements are created equal. In fact, some so-called “upgrades” actually can decrease the value of your home, especially if you are planning on se...
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9 Things First-Time Homeowners Don't Know to Do
Congratulations, you’re officially a homeowner! But along with the new address comes a new set of responsibilities, including some you may not even know about. Th...
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Quick Tip: How to Snag Packing Supplies for Free
Once the excitement of closing on a new house or locking down a great apartment wears off, reality sets in: Time to p...
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8 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On
Even the most experienced homeowners can get sucked into spending a lot of money on maintenance costs or home improvements that just don’t deliver. For those who ...
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11 Packing Tips & Tricks for a Smooth Move
<p>You’ll be amazed at how a little prep work before moving will make for a smoother transition between homes. There are some tried-and-true packing tips you can ...
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Find the Right Realtor: 9 Tips from Happy Homeowners
It's quite the challenge to find the qualified candidate to lead you into the world of real estate, no matter whether you're looking to sell or looking to buy. He...
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Flood Insurance
If you think your home insurance policy will protect you in the event of a flood, you may be in for a shock. Because standard homeowner’s policies do not cover fl...
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Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back
Conventional wisdom holds that upgrades and improvements will enhance a home’s value. But some improvements are better—and more cost-effective—investments than ot...
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7 "Money Pit" Home Improvements You Might Regret
Being a new homeowner comes with the freedom of making renovations to personalize your space. Many of these adjustments may be minor, but even minimal changes can...
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The Cheapest Ways to Boost Your Home's Value
Let's face it: For homeowners in most cities, the real estate boom is far, far behind us. Most folks need to squeeze every last penny out of their investment when...
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12 Reasons Why Your House Isn't Selling
Throughout the years you live in a house, you pour your heart and soul into maintaining it and making it comfortable and attractive. When it comes time to sell, y...
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9 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Fixer-Upper
So the new house isn't perfect—it needs a little fixing up. A house that needs some TLC might seem like a bargain, especially if it's your first home, but are you...
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How To: Get Your Security Deposit Back
Oh, wait. . . you WANTED your security deposit back?!Well, buckle your seat belt, responsible former tenant: You are ...
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Brokers Reveal 7 "Works Every Time" Ways to Boost Home Resale Value
Whether you're looking to relocate, retire, downsize, or upsize, the process of selling your home can create a long and wild to-do list. But putting your place on...
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9 Little Things You Can Do to Help Sell Your House
<p>Preparing to sell your house? You should have two separate to-do lists. In one, itemize the issues a good home inspector is likely to find. Those are matters y...
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The New Homeowner's Survival Guide
So you’ve bought your first house—congratulations! You’ve searched for and found a place that you love. You've secure...
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5 Things Your Homeowner's Insurance May Not Cover
Before disaster strikes, make sure to check for potential potholes in your property insurance policy. Doing so now could save you money—and heartache—later.
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Hire a Photographer If You Want to Sell Your House
You don't think twice about commissioning professional photos of your children, right? Even if you don't have any imm...
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The Right 5 Questions to Ask a Prospective Selling Agent
Groomed and energetic, the real estate agent seated on your sofa seems like a perfect fit for the job of helping you ...
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7 Real Estate Deal Breakers to Avoid
The house is yours—almost. Make sure you don't fall victim to these common pitfalls that might break the deal.
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Selling to Seniors: How to Win Over Older Home Buyers
In the past, retirees have fled south, eschewing the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest in favor of sunnier, more b...
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Don't "Fall" Down: Surviving Autumn's New Real Estate Rules
Well, that didn’t last long. The buoyant housing market of this past spring has already sputtered out, and mounting e...
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Quick Tip: House Hunting
 If you&#39;re house hunting, here are some things to keep in mind on your walk-through. Check for structural integrity. ...
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Selling This Fall? Court Millennials and Empty-Nesters
If you're planning on putting your house on the market this fall, be aware that folks at different stages of life ent...
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Moving? 5 Ways to Minimize Surprise Costs
In the weeks before you close on a new house, it's tempting to think you've overcome the most challenging financial h...
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3 Steps to an Easy Mortgage Approval
Risky practices consigned to the past, mortgage lenders are now returning to applying the same standards that your pa...
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5 Pro Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Fixer-Upper
As founder and president of The Rural Connection, a real estate company based in Upstate New York, Randy Florke has p...
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A Good School District Is Worth How Much?
You don't need children to understand that good public schools support the value of homes in their district. And whil...
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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, ...
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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 neighbo...
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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 y...
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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 Univer...
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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 renova...
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What to Consider Before You Buy a Foreclosed Home
With almost a third of the home sales in this country consisting of properties in some stage of foreclosure last quar...
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What’s My House Worth?
Housing used to be a fairly safe investment — you put your money in and, in a few years when it was time to sell, you...
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How To: Hold a Successful Yard Sale
Even if you’ve had numerous yard sales in the past, here are a few pointers to make yours more successful. Start Earl...
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House-Choosing Checklist
Buying a new home can be exciting, and it’s tempting to grab the first house you fall in love with. But exercising a ...
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Flipping: Remodeling for Resale
With a glut of distressed properties on the market now, people are eager to make deals. But there’s little room for e...
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Can't Sell It? Rent It Out
It was an unsuccessful attempt to downsize for a smaller house payment that led Joseph Cortez, a realtor in Corpus Ch...
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How To: Stage a Home
Much like detailing a used car prior to sale, staging a home allows it to put on its best face. Not to be confused wi...
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How To: Find Affordable Housing
In most areas of the U. S. , housing costs are rising faster than wages. To meet the federal government’s definition ...
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Creating Affordable Housing
Since World War II, the federal government has had its hand in promoting and supporting affordable housing through GI...
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Historic Home Buying 101
Perhaps you have been searching for several months or even years, and now you have found the perfect home. Your dream...
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Consider a Condo for Your Second Home
Bob Vila’s Home Again opened its fifteenth season with a bay-front condo remodel along the Venetian Island stretch of...
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Evaluate the Home Systems
So you like the way the house looks and believe the footprint will accommodate your family’s needs. But how does it f...
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Evaluate the Home Interior
The Floor PlanFind out how many rooms the house has and whether or not the number will meet your family’s needs. In p...
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Evaluate the Home Exterior
Before you buy a home, you should hire a professional inspector to conduct a thorough analysis of the true state of t...
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Maximize Your Remodeling Dollar
The average American is said to move every five to seven years. As that statistic suggests, you would be wise to thin...
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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. ...
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Would You Live in a Tiny House Village?
When is a trailer park not a trailer park? When it’s being designed and developed by nationally recognized small-spac...
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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 ...
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Has the Recovery Hit Your Block?
The residential housing market is finally experiencing an upswing across most markets. Even relatively stable regions...
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Moving 101: Easy Ways to Make the Most of Any Move
Dreading the big move? Here are ten tips to help you pack smarter, load better, and get your stuff from where you are to where you want to be—without the stress.
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Want to Build Wealth? Pick the Right Mortgage
Owning a home is the best way to build family wealth—that's been the prevailing wisdom, at least, for the last severa...
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Walkable Locations Step Up Value
Common sense dictates that homes in walkable neighborhoods, with easy access to public transit, would pull higher val...
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Bob Vila Radio: Built-In Mistakes
One of the joys of homeownership is having the freedom to do exactly what you want with your house or apartment—as lo...
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How Stuck Is Your Market? Two Key Metrics to Track
All real estate is local, but it’s national real estate statistics that dominate headlines. If you wish to identify e...
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Quick Flip: Is Now the Moment to Buy, Improve, and Sell?
All of a sudden there are not enough houses for sale to meet homebuyers' rising level of demand.  Could you pull off ...
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Remodeling for Resale: 3 Tarnished Trends to Avoid
At times it's necessary to walk a fine line when remodeling. On the one hand, you want to give your house distinct ap...
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Beyond Stainless: What Buyers Want This Spring
House hunters today aren’t necessarily fixated on luxury finishes like stainless steel. They are practical and focuse...
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5 Savvy Upgrades That Add Home Value
Will your project pay off? For a trustworthy estimate, consult Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report to ...
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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 ho...
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10 Simple Home Staging Tips Every Seller Should Know
Putting into action a few simple home staging tips will help your house stand out from the pack in today's improving market.
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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 ab...
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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 lat...
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Taylor Swift Sells Her Cape Cod Abode
What do Bob Vila and Taylor Swift have in common, you ask? Apparently, a love for Cape Cod-style architecture! Taylor...
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7 Renovation Tips to Boost Resale Value
Making the right renovation decisions can help you sell your house quicker, and for more money.
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Is Housing Really Back?
Hyperventilation over the housing market recovery is reaching gale force. National news outlets are quoting some expe...
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5 Market Trends to Cash In On This Year
The unexpected has become the norm for the US real estate market. As evidenced by the annual Profile of Home Buyers a...
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A Little Income Adds a Lot of Value
If you’ve inherited or converted even a small slice of space to a standalone living unit that could be rented, you’ve...
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3 Top Ways to Capture Value in 2013
While analysts argue whether 2012 was in fact the turnaround year for home sales, it’s clear that home remodeling is ...
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Two Regulatory Trends That Could Trim Your Cash Flow
That sacred cow, the home mortgage deduction, is likely headed for the slaughterhouse. As Congress explores ways to r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Neighborhoods
Savvy homebuyers these days know that a home is worth more based on its location than on its square footage. Listen t...
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Home Buyers Seek Low Carrying Costs
Price is the number one factor for home buyers, according to the annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers recently r...
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What "By Owner" Services Won't Tell You
For the DIY-minded, it makes perfect sense. If you've fixed up the house on your own, why shouldn't you sell it on yo...
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Remodeling Heats Up
Brace for a remodeling revival in 2013.  The Harvard Joint Center on Housing is predicting double-digit growth for ho...
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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 reve...
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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...
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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...
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Scrapbooking for Fun and Profit
Documenting your project makes for great before-and-after photos to impress friends. A scrapbook can also validate yo...
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How To: Sleuth an Open House
Traditional real estate wisdom dictates that you should never buy the nicest house on the block. Calibrate potential ...
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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 ho...
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Bob Vila Radio: Return on Investment
Keeping up with the Joneses can actually be a good rule of thumb if you’re planning to sell your house within the nex...
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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 ...
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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 w...
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Kitchen Trends to Bank On
Baked-in obsolescence is the last thing you want in your kitchen remodel. Classic  layouts, finishes, and styles are ...
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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 trip...
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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 marketab...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Short Sales
Lots of home-buyers look for “short sales”, because on the surface, they can seem like a bargain. CM_BVILANOTES-6 Buy...
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Bob Vila Radio: Buying Foreclosures
In the current real estate market, it’s not hard to find foreclosed properties to buy. But a home that looks like a g...
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Capture High Marks for Below-Grade Improvements
Photo: shutterstock. comBasements are a common target for the supposedly easy and fast addition of livable space. Aft...
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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 equit...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Living Adds Value
Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to expand your living space—and your home’s value—by making the most of the grea...
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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...
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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 r...
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Bob Vila Radio: Staging to Sell
Did you know that making your home look like a stage set can actually add 10 or 15% to the selling price? You can hir...
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Every Home's a Stage
You stripped the woodwork, replaced the windows, and brought the kitchen from the dark ages into the light. You poure...
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5 Tips for Moving: One Veteran's Advice
Five years ago today, I moved into my condo. It was the first home that I purchased. Not only did I have a new home, ...
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Rehabbing a Foreclosure? Spend This Much
Quality home renovation got a shout-out from Wall St. recently with Morgan Stanley analyst Oliver Chang recommending ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Paint and Resale
Ask any realtor how to maximize your home’s value; they’ll tell you to grab a paintbrush. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON...
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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. T...
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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 new...
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Checklist: A Safe and Insurable House
Following some simple guidelines can safeguard your property, keep your family protected, and lower your insurance pr...
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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 moderat...
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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...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Inspection
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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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 unf...
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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 s...
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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 h...
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Quick Tip: Hire a Home Inspector Before You Buy
Search for Hidden Problems Now, more than ever, buyer beware. Most sellers just aren’t motivated to do expensive repa...
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Getting a Loan
Loaning money is at the heart of a bank's business. But to stay in business, the bank must do it carefully, lending i...
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Quick Tip: Boost Your Home’s Resale Value with Paint
New Coat of Paint, Better Home PriceHow do you ensure you’ll get the selling price you want for your home in a buyer’...
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Quick Tip: Why Home Staging Pays
Inviting Spaces SellStaging your home or creating a clean, well-presented space that draws positive attention can add...
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Should Your First Home Be a Fixer-Upper?
Mark Brock is a fan of fixer-uppers. He bought his first in the midseventies, a circa-1935 house in Columbia, SC, tha...
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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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New York Harbor Water Taxi Tour
Tom Fox, founder and former president of New York Water Taxi, takes Bob on a tour of the Brooklyn waterfront, highlighting various points of interest.
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Preparing the Site for Modular Home Delivery
Bob reviews the site preparation process with the on-site contractor, Michael Sheils.
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New York Brownstone Development & Design
Bob introduces an 1890s Brownstone on New York City's Upper West Side.
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Discussing Community Planning at Mashpee Commons and Affordable Housing Problems on Cape Cod
Bob visits with Jim Vaccaro and Tom Ferontie of Mashpee Commons, in Mashpee, Massachusetts and talks with Pat Fiero of the Housing Assistance Corporation about th...
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Discussing the Plot Plan for Affordable Housing on Cape Cod
Bob meets with Joe Valle, the developer and general contractor for the River Hill development in Mashpee, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
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Loft Living Discussed
Realtor Lynn Zekis leads Bob on a tour of her own loft conversion in the Boston Leather District.
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Tour of Roxbury, Massachusetts
In touring the neighborhood, Bob introduces the nine-unit Roxbury affordable housing project.
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Tour of Nuestro Communidad Community Redevelopment Project
Bob talks with Evelyn Friedman Vargas and Robert Vargas (from Nuestra Comunidad) to learn more about rebuilding efforts in this low-income area.
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House Eight: Side Porch Renovation, Landscaping, and Home Inspection
The home's side entry will be restored using the original columns, which homeowner Jim Verity found in the basement. On the front porch, new support beams and rai...
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Home Foundation Inspection
Bob meets with the contractor to inspect the poured footings and discuss the pouring process. Next, Bob helps install the sill plate and explains the various type...
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Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles
Bob goes on a helicopter ride over the Los Angeles area, passing such famous landmarks as the Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the perpetually p...
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Touring Los Angeles Real Estate
Real estate agent Lois Bostic shows Bob some interesting properties in the area representing a variety of styles-- cottage, Spanish, contemporary, and ranch.
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Malibu Beachfront Property
In Malibu, Bob tours a house that was built in the mid-50s and really looks that way, from the tile to the windows. Bob decides to undertake an ambitious overhaul...
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The Search Ends for a Home on Martha's Vineyard
The search for Bob's next project house ends, when he finds a small 19th-century home on a large plot of land in East Chop, a laid-back, picturesque part of the i...
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House Hunting in Plymouth, MA
Bob goes house hunting in Plymouth, MA, talking with the realtor while he tours the area homes for sale.
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Home Inspection
After house hunting with a realtor, Bob inspects one home in particular to check for structural and cosmetic problems before buying.
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Contractor's Tour of the Interior
Bob accompanies carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley on a "contractor's tour" of the home with the aim of assessing any needed modifications to the interior.
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Neighborhood Tour of Naples, FL
In search of the perfect "cracker" cottage to remodel, Bob goes on a neighborhood tour of Naples, FL, both by car and by boat.
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Chicago Neighborhood Tour
Bob takes a driving tour with realtor Catherine Caravette of two Chicago suburbs, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.
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