Monthly Archives: August 2018

Should Listing Photos Be Removed After the Sale?

Some home buyers express concern that photos of their properties continue to live on real estate websites after they’ve closed on the purchase, and they’re asking real estate professionals to help take them down, citing privacy and security issues. Per … Continue reading

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Does Central Ohio Score an A or F?

ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its 2018 Neighborhood Housing Index, which uses new neighborhood boundary data to rank more than 10,000 neighborhood housing markets nationwide based on six factors impacting the hyperlocal housing … Continue reading

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When Your Mortgage Lender Wants to be Pen Pals

When an insurance company’s underwriting department has questions about a borrower’s background, it’s becoming common to ask the borrower to write a letter of explanation to their lender, dubbed a “comfort letter.” The lender may request a letter to gain … Continue reading

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4 Tips to Help Choose the Right Remodeler

Calling in the professionals may help ensure the job is done right and satisfactorily to help boost a home value. For homeowners looking to spruce up their digs, Rae Duncan of Rae Duncan Interior Design in Chicago offers some of … Continue reading

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Buyers Consider Pet Needs

Home buyers are increasingly being swayed by their pets when choosing which property to purchase. Three-quarters of home buyers say they would even pass up an otherwise perfect home—their dream home—if it did not meet their pets’ needs, according to … Continue reading

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Renter Scams

More than 43 percent of renters say they’ve found online rental listings that seemed fraudulent, and more than 5 million say they’ve actually been scammed—sometimes to the tune of thousands of dollars—according to a new report released by rental website … Continue reading

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Cigarette Smoke Reduces Home Resale Value

Smoking in a home can reduce that property’s resale value by up to 29 percent, according to realtor.com®. And home buyers who fall for a home that reeks of smoke shouldn’t assume the odor will go away as soon as … Continue reading

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4 Financial Lessons Boomers Can Teach Millenials

“Young adults deserve more credit—from others and themselves—for the way they are handling their finances,” says Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America. “They’re on par with or even better than older generations, which … Continue reading

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How Homeowners are Saving for the Next House

Many would-be move-up buyers are staying put in their current homes, unable to afford the increasing prices of larger properties. But they’re learning a strategy to save for their next home—by becoming “accidental investors.“ More investment property owners today are … Continue reading

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‘Fair’ vs. ‘Very Good’ Credit

Consumers who make efforts to raise their credit scores from “fair” to “very good” may see big payoffs. LendingTree researchers analyzed loan request and average loan balance data to see how a lower credit score can increase borrowing costs for the … Continue reading

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