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Are Closing Costs Deductible?

The answer to whether closing costs are tax deductible — or mortgage interest and property taxes for that matter — is often maddeningly, “It depends.” Basically, you’ll want to itemize if you have deductions totaling more than the standard deduction, … Continue reading

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3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling Less Miserable

If you’re a homeowner in a snowy climate, chances are good you rue the winter: All that snow has to go somewhere, and it’s not getting there itself. Cue the snow shovel. Barring a move to a snow-free state or … Continue reading

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Why Staging Matters, Even in a Seller’s Market

Many homes are going under contract the first weekend they’re listed—and sometimes without any preparation for the market. Still, real estate professionals can’t promise sellers their property will stand out and receive the highest offers unless buyers fall in love … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About Buyer Love Letters to Home Sellers

Did you hear the one about the dog who wrote a love letter? Not to his owner, but to a home seller. Well, actually the dog’s owner wrote the letter in Buddy’s voice, describing how wag-worthy the house was and … Continue reading

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Protect your Home From Severe Weather

Brown lawns. Flooded basements. Piles of snow dumped on your doorstep. Topsy-turvy weather can test your patience, and even put your home at risk. If a freak storm drops in your area, will your home be up to the challenge? … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Home Buyer’s Remorse

When you’re house hunting, the pressure of competition can move you from “Hmm, I like that, but it’s too pricey,” to “I have to have that!” You think, so what if paying for this house will put me way over … Continue reading

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Selecting a Mortgage Loan

Whether you’re shopping for new bed sheets or a new car, the drill is usually the same. Hit the reviews, check with friends, and scope out the best deal. After all, who wants to buy a car that racks up … Continue reading

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Home Appraisals Step by Step

Most people have deeply personal reasons for wanting to buy a home. Maybe it’s the bathroom that feels like a dreamy, modern spa. Or that two-tiered deck just made for parties. Your lender doesn’t care about the freestanding tub. Or … Continue reading

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Wind Resistant Trees

Don’t spend your time during a storm side-eyeing the towering elm beside your driveway, worried it might fall. These five arborist-approved trees stand sturdy through the strongest winds and drenching rains — and give your curb appeal extra oomph. Tulip … Continue reading

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