The top 10 things you need to know when buying a home.

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1. Don't buy if you can't stay put. If you can't commit to remaining in one place for at least a few years, then owning is probably not for you, at least not yet. With the transaction costs of buying and selling a home, you may end up losing money if you sell any sooner – even in a rising market. When prices are falling, it's an even worse proposit...
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Preparing Your Home to Sell

We at Avatar Realty can't stress enough how important it is to get your property in its best possible condition prior to offering it for sale. Everyone wants to sell their home in the least amount of time at the best possible price, right? The simple truth is that homes with great curb appeal and homes that are super clean, well maintained, and hav...
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10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You'll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they'll bid up the price over what it's worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don't want to risk it, but it's the single best strategy to se...
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Low Mortgage Rates Are Going, Going, Gone—Here’s What to Do

Interest rates on 30-year conforming mortgages have moved up by more than 50 basis points (A single basis point is 0.01%.) That means that within just a few weeks, mortgage rates have moved to levels we haven't seen in more than two years. So what does that rate shift mean? Well, it indicates an economy with very low inflation moving to one with mo...
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