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Author: Jeff Rohde

The #1 DIY Project To Make Your Home Worth More

Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive DIY project that can increase the value of your home almost overnight? Painting is not only one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects there is, but it’s also the number one DIY project that can make a tremendous impact on the value of your home. That’s because a new coat of paint goes a long way toward making that positive first impression if you’re going to put your house on the market for sale. But . . . there’s a right way and a wrong way to paint your home. Let’s take...

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Five Ways To Buy A Home With $0 Down

Why keep spending money on rent month after month after month, putting money in your landlord’s pocket instead of building equity in your own home? Far too often in today’s real estate market, with homes prices going higher by the day, people are renting their home when they’d really like to buy it. That’s because they can’t put together the money needed for a down payment. The rule of thumb is that a home buyer should put 20% down. But if the average sales price of a house is running $300,000 that’s a whopping down payment of $60,000. Who...

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Is Bigger Really Better?

Is it better to buy a bigger home in an area that you don’t really like, or is it better to buy a smaller home in a neighborhood that you really, really love? That’s the eternal question that many buyers face when looking for a home to buy in today’s real estate market. Unfortunately, way too many people purchasing a home make the tragic mistake of believing that size really matters, especially when it comes to the house they’re going to live in. Their friends, their parents, even total strangers will say to them, “Buy as much house as...

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How To Get The Most From A Home Inspection

For both first-time and experienced home buyers, nothing will mess up a deal faster than fear of the unknown. That’s why home inspections make so much sense. If you’re selling, consider doing a pre-listing home inspection. In a competitive buyer’s market, this will give you a leg up on the competition and will also help to avoid any unpleasant surprises when your buyer does their own inspection. For buyers, quite frankly you’d be foolish not to do a thorough inspection. After all, buying a home is probably the largest investment you’re going to make, so you should know what...

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Five Things That Turn First-Time Home Buyers On

The first-time home buyer is going to be extremely nervous about making what is likely going to be the most expensive purchase in their entire lives. Plus, they’re very likely going to be “cash poor” after making their down payment and paying for their closing costs, and will not have a lot of extra money to make any cosmetic improvements or do any updating. From the previous article you already know that your job when selling to the first-time owner is to ease their fears, to present them with an attractive home that has been updated and is ready...

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