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livingroom__karammiri_450_01realtor.com - You want your home to look its best, and maybe you’ve been inspired by the interior design trends you’ve seen in magazines, on TV or on design websites.

But following some of the hottest home remodeling and interior design trends can backfire when it comes time to sell your home.

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menhouse_sellingpix_450realtor.com - A quick search on realtor.com will bring up thousands of homes for sale.  Educating yourself on your local market and working with an experienced Realtor can help you narrow your priorities and make an informed decision about which home to choose.

1.  Start With Your Budget  2.  Find the Right Neighborhood  3.  Start Searching

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new_construction_buchachon_450money.cnn.com - As construction and homebuyer activity in communities across the country demonstrate, the housing market continues to recover. Home prices nationwide were up as much as 13% in the past year, which helped lift four million homeowners from being underwater.

And while the collapse of the housing market was a major cause of the Great Recession, stronger residential investment has helped boost economic growth over the last few years by spurring construction activity and helping American families build back their hard-earned wealth.

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sale_chris_boswell_450Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. But as a buyer, are you making the most of your open house visits?

Here are some best practices for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum.

1.  Use the open house to learn the market without committing

2.  You don’t have to sign in (but don’t be rude)

3.  Watch the other buyers

4.  Ask the agent questions

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kitchen_primoz_jenko_450realtor.com - One of the most exciting days during the home buying process is your walk-through, usually scheduled on the day before your settlement. Just like it sounds, a “walk-through” takes place when you and your buyer’s agent explore your home-to-be and check to make sure it’s in the condition specified in your contract.

You should take your time on the walk-through and carefully check on every room.

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blockhouse_denis-yulia-pogostins__450zillow.com - If you plan to sell your home in 2014, be aware that buyers have changed since the economic downturn. They’re savvier than ever, and they’re not desperate. Many of today’s buyers are Millennials (also known as Generation Y) who’ve come of age with access to endless information via the Internet. It’s in their DNA to search, and they love photographs and sharing.

Here are three bits of advice that will make you a smart seller in 2014:

Take your photo shoot seriously

Have your home inspected before listing

Throw buyers a bone

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menhouse_sellingpix_450money.cnn.com - The good news for housing is that price gains next year are expected to be only about half as strong as in 2013, when sellers stayed on the sidelines. Yes, that's good news. "For a sustainable recovery you want to see more balance between buyers and sellers," says David Stiff, chief economist at CoreLogic Case-Shiller, which is forecasting a 6.8% rise in the median home value for 2014.

Inventory is already improving. Nationwide, the number of homes for sale in September rose 1.8% vs. a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's the first increase since late 2011. In Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Orlando, inventory was 10% or higher than a year earlier. To read more of this article, click the link…
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menhouse_sellingpix_450Home buyers unable to find a home earlier this year are taking to the market this winter despite the colder weather and limited inventory, according to realtor.com’s Winter Home Buyer Report.

More than 1,300 people looking to buy a home during the winter months told realtor.com that lingering conditions from the past home-buying season, including inventory challenges and all-cash offers, continue to set the tone for them as they enter the winter season.

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househill_sellingpix_450homes.yahoo.com - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently enacted a rule change allowing borrowers who have fallen into foreclosure, bankruptcy, or a short sale to become eligible for a brand new mortgage backed by the FHA in as little as one year from the date of their previous foreclosure auction, the date of closing on a short sale, or the discharge date on a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Considering the previous waiting period for a government-backed mortgage was three years, the new rule that shortens the wait to one year is a shiny new present to buyers who had all but accepted the reality of becoming renters for the foreseeable future. The new rule is in effect till Sept. 30, 2016.

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houserainbow_anthonycz_450homes.yahoo.com - From the beginning of your home search through closing escrow, there’s an awful lot to think about and do. It’s not unusual to make a mistake along the way. But with the financial stakes so high, a false move can end up costing you a lot of money.

Here are five common home buyer mistakes, with tips on how to avoid them.

1.  You expect to get the price down after making an offer  2.  You wait until the eleventh hour to ask for credits 3.  You chase a deal at all costs  4.  You think you can do it all yourself  5.  You don’t think like a seller

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