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How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

Before you start scheduling showings or visiting open houses, make sure you have an accurate idea of your budget and how much mortgage you can afford. Before you plan to spend the maximum amount you’ve been approved for, consider whether you can really afford the mortgage your lender offers. According to the latest data from…
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How to Make an Offer on a House

1. Do your research To come up with a reasonable price, you need to know about two things: the local market and the seller. You can get information on both from Trulia (by looking up the ZIP code’s Stats & Trends, and by searching the home’s address) and from your real estate agent. Start by researching…
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5 Reasons Your Home’s Staging Isn’t Working For You

It’s time to face the facts: Your DIY staging could be holding you back from a home sale. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially in real estate. One person’s dream home might be a Mad Men–styled contemporary, while another’s includes all the gingerbread charm of a classic Victorian. But when it comes to prepping a…
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Vacation Planning for Summer Getaways

U.S. citizens may be notoriously bad at using up our vacation days, but even if you're just taking off a few days this summer, make the most of it with these 10 vacation tips. Save Money with a Staycation Times are tough, but just because things aren't looking so hot in the finance department doesn't…
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