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Avoiding Moving Scams Avoiding Moving Scams

Too many horror stories have been told about moving companies doubling, tripling, or otherwise increasing their rates to exorbitant prices - only after loading the owner's belongings onto the truck.

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Difference Between a Home Appraisal and a CMA Difference Between a Home Appraisal and a CMA

Appraisals and CMAs are familiar reports for prospective homebuyers and sellers. Both are researched in similar ways and contain much of the same information. But only one of them is trusted as the official word on your home's value.

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What is Loan Assumption? What is Loan Assumption?

In recent years, the level of available credit has decreased, making it difficult for buyers to secure a mortgage and enter the market. Loan assumption removes that hurdle for the buyer.

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How to Bargain for Rent How to Bargain for Rent

If you are looking for a property to rent, it is a good thing to know that landlords often allow for some wiggle room to negotiate, and lower your rent.

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Importance Of A Home Inspection Importance Of A Home Inspection

By Christina Kelley

You've found the house of your dreams and negotiated the seller down to a price you can manage. There is one more important thing you need to do to make sure you don't end up paying thousands of dollars in hidden costs.

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Agent's Protocol Agent's Protocol

By Edmund Gallese

You are ready to start the home search and you want to secure a buyer's agent to represent you. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your agent.

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What is the role of an Appraiser? What is the role of an Appraiser?

By Christina Kelley

Real estate is expensive and changes hands much less frequently than most commodities. For this reason, the market value of any particular property is often difficult to determine. The role of a real estate appraiser is to help their clients to systematically determine the market value of a property, which is one of the first steps in a real estate transactions whether you are a buyer or a seller.

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