Have you had a chance to delve deeply into the database of foreclosed properties on If you sign up for a free seven-day trial membership, you have access to detailed information about any property in which you're interested. This includes: Property Details - Square footage, number of b...
First, foreclosed properties are not all the same. When homeowners default on mortgage payments, there are three possible outcomes involving the sale of the home. (A fourth possibility is that the homeowner pays off the default amount of the loan, thereby keeping the house.) As a buyer, you can b...
2 Comments now includes information on properties at each stage of foreclosure: pre-foreclosure, auction and bank-owned. You can search by several criteria, including city, county and ZIP code and type of property (default, auction or bank-owned). You can receive more detailed information on any p...
Knowing how to maintain your home is an essiential part of protecting your investment.  Regular maintenance now can prevent huge expenditures in the future. Here is a quick rundown of the most common home maintenance misconceptions. Noisy pipes are just house settling, nothing to worry about. FAL...
Poor air quality in the home can cause respiratory damage and aggrevate allergies and asthma.  Preventive action and vigilance are the keys to keeping your air safe and clean. Common appliances and home furnishing can negatively impact air quality.  Today, more buyers are requesting air quality s...
Drafty windows and poor insulation can significantly drive up the price of homeownership. DON'T BURN A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET Pay attention to the heating and cooling capacity of a prospective property to avoid getting burned by high energy bills.  Call the utility company for an estimate of typical...
Keep the holidays safe.  Electrical or fire hazards lurking in your holiday lights can turn celebration to tragedy. Safe holiday decorating will prevent you from being one of the 12,500 people in the emergency room each holiday season from falls, shocks and burns stemming from holiday decorating....
Carefully consider the type of flooring you select for each room in your home.  Make choices based on room size, health concerns, traffic, and value.  Certain flooring choices can increase allergens, require expensive cleanings, or costly remodeling to implement.  Consider these flooring tips whe...
74% of homebuyers who used the web to search for homes drove by or viewed a home they saw online.  Listings lacking a photo, or using low quality photos, run the risk of being passed over.  Incorporating new venues, like virtual tours, give buyers a view of the property right from their desk.  He...
Ask yourself these questions to decide if you're ready to take the homeownership plunge. Have you researched the market?  Knowing what homes are selling for in the area can help you determine how much you should plan to spend. Do you have sufficient savings to cover down payment and closing costs...

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