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Selling Your Home: How It Affects Your Taxes
Posted on 01/12/2020
Selling Your Home: How It Affects Your Taxes
Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels In a nutshell, if you have owned a home for five years and lived in it for at least two out of five years, or if you’ve owned the house for two years and lived in it the entire time, a single person has a $250,000 tax exemption. If you are married,...
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How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market
Posted on 01/05/2020
How to Negotiate in a Seller's Market
Post Photo by Mohamed Hassan via PixabayIt's easy to believe you don't have much leverage if you're getting ready to buy in a seller's market. Unfortunately, that sense of frustration can result in desperation, which can ultimately lead to overpaying on a home. Before you accept your fate, consider how you may have more power than you think. Start...
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Home Selling Tips: How to Handle High-Pressure Situations
Posted on 12/29/2019
Home Selling Tips: How to Handle High-Pressure Situations
You might want to believe that the home selling journey will be fast and simple, but high-pressure situations may arise that cause you to panic. However, there is no need to let high-pressure home selling situations get the best of you. Because if you know how to handle these situations, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a quick,...
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How to Avoid a House Selling Dilemma
Posted on 12/22/2019
How to Avoid a House Selling Dilemma
A home seller may face a variety of dilemmas as he or she tries to get the best price for a residence. However, a seller who prepares for potential problems may be better equipped than others to enjoy a fast, profitable property selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready for potential...
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Hiring a Home Inspector
Posted on 12/15/2019
Hiring a Home Inspector
A home inspection is a vital part of every real estate transaction. Its importance is usually solidified in a purchase contract in the form of a contingency clause. Whenever you buy or sell a home, the transaction is typically contingent upon a few things being fulfilled. Inspections help protect the buyer from purchasing a home that they believed didn’t...
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Do You Have to Join the HOA?
Posted on 12/08/2019
Do You Have to Join the HOA?
Photo by RawPixel.com via Shutterstock When it comes to homeowner’s associations, you need to know what type yours is before you determine whether to “join” it. There are two types of associations, covenant-based and voluntary. When homeowners ask about requirements to join a homeowner’s association, they may believe it is optional, but if our association is covenant-based, you...
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How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Posted on 12/01/2019
How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get...
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3 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
Posted on 11/24/2019
3 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
Paying off a mortgage early is a dream of many homeowners. By making larger payments on your home loan, you can cut years off of your loan term and save thousands of dollars in interest payments that you can use toward savings or investments. But in an economy that has seen decades of wage stagnation and increasing costs of...
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Tips for Handling Emergencies in the Home
Posted on 11/17/2019
Tips for Handling Emergencies in the Home
Photo by Jan Mallander via Pixabay When you’re a new homeowner in a new community, you don’t always know how to handle unforeseen emergencies. Before that day arrives, take the time to learn your community so that a minor issue doesn’t become a major catastrophe. Handling Household Emergencies Whether it’s a burst pipe or a broken window, household...
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Have You Set Realistic Expectations for the Home Selling Journey?
Posted on 11/10/2019
Have You Set Realistic Expectations for the Home Selling Journey?
The home selling journey may include many ups and downs, particularly for a seller who fails to plan ahead. Fortunately, we're here to help you set realistic expectations for the home selling journey so you can achieve the optimal results. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you establish realistic expectations for the home selling journey....
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1333 Monroe Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630 is now new to the market!
Posted on 11/07/2019
1333 Monroe Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630 is now new to the market!
Seller giving $2000.00 toward New Carpet. Great location, convenient to stores. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths on main level, Basement walkout private entrance, kitchenette and full bath with large bedroom. Laundry room in basement. (Inlaw...
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