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Found 30 blog entries tagged as "Home buying".

193642_15_1280realtor.com - Spa-like bathrooms are a hot amenity among home buyers, and whether you’re looking to buy or sell, you might be thinking about putting some money into a bathroom upgrade.

But you don’t need to install a Jacuzzi tub to indulge in a home spa. A few simple steps involving lighting, color and some fun add-ons can transform the room into a luxurious retreat.

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houserainbow_anthonycz_450zillow.com - From the moment a first-time home buyer begins searching until the final closing papers are signed could be as short as three months or as long as three years.

Along the way, the journey is filled with twists, turns and probably some bumps in the road. So how do you navigate the journey? Once you get “in the game,” you should start setting the top criteria for your home early on. Establishing your most important factors upfront will help you stay on track as you move through the home buying process. It also will help you know when to compromise and when to stick to your original list.

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moneyhouse_oleg-doroshin_450zillow.com - Buyers and sellers in real estate are always so focused on the bottom line, the big number, the listing price and the offer price. But the truth of the matter is, it’s not always about price. Sure, a buyer can’t expect a 10 percent discount for writing a sappy letter to the seller. But when you are in the market, be open to being creative, take the sole focus off the price and consider the seller’s entire sale situation.

If competition is fierce in your market and you want a leg up, or you just want to try to pay a little less than full price, think outside the box. Here are three ways you can be creative in your offer and increase your odds of getting the home you want.

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menhouse_sellingpix_450Whether you’re a smoker and you’re trying to sell your house, or you’ve just purchased a place that reeks of cigarettes or marijuana, there are steps you can take to get rid of the smell.

For starters, understand that spraying room fresheners or burning scented candles will only mask the odor temporarily. Opening windows to provide some ventilation will help dilute the smell, but it won’t remove it permanently.

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zillow.com - Real estate agents often hear from clients who are interested in home buying because they “need more space” or they want more “modern” kitchens. There may be other reasons their current homes don’t fully meet their needs: a new job, a new relationship, a new baby and so on.

But buying a new home is never the only solution. In fact, in some cases it may be better to remodel or renovate the home you have. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to remodel, renovate or buy:

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houseinfingers_lehui_450When you buy a home, you probably assume that you own everything in and around it within the property lines. But in some parts of the country, homeowners are discovering the property they’re buying does not fully include the land beneath it.

For example, in Tampa Bay, FL a family realized at closing that their home builder had already signed away the rights to the land underneath their home to its own energy company. The “mineral rights” grant gave the energy company the freedom to drill, mine or explore for precious minerals beneath the home.

How is this even possible, and how can it be avoided? Who really owns the land beneath your home? Here’s what you need to know.

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housegreenkeys__anthonycz_450realtor.com - The U.S. housing market is in a completely different position than this time last year, with solid price increases, steady inventory and strong demand continuing well into the fall season, according to realtor.com’s National Housing Trend Report for October 2013.

Median U.S. home prices in October were relatively unaffected by the usual seasonal patterns, with a 7.57 percent increase year over year. National inventory is stabilizing after the dramatic declines seen earlier this year, although the nation still is experiencing significant supply shortages. Most notably, median age of inventory – a leading indicator of demand – is down 11.32 percent from last year, demonstrating resilience to seasonal changes and stabilized inventory.

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realtor.com - When people buy a home, a plethora of factors influence their decision. The look of the home, as well as its size, layout, age, and proximity to amenities are all important to varying degrees, depending on the individual buyer.

The local school district is one factor with significant influence. We’ve always known that good schools attract families with school-age children, but recent statistics add concrete numbers and surprising trends to the storyline.

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finance.yahoo.com - If you tried to buy a home in Phoenix a year ago, you probably would have been able to land it for well under the asking price.

Those days are gone. In a city that was hit hard after the housing bubble burst in 2007, you're now more likely to encounter a bidding war for that split-level ranch on the cul-de-sac you had your eye on.

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realtor.com - At the end of June, mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 4.5 percent, up from 3.9 percent on June 1 — and a notable jump from the historically low 3.35 percent monthly average rate toward the end of 2012. However, while higher rates do mean an increase in monthly mortgage payments, experts are urging potential home buyers not to resign themselves to renting for the next few years just yet — it’s still a good time to buy a home.

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