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In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the bes...
Data released Tuesday morning by Standard & Poor’s show that home prices are continuing to trend downwards. The 10-city and 20-city composites of the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index fell 0.9 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively, in January 2011 when compared to the previous month. The 10-city...
Adding planters, lighting and a cute mailbox will only go so far in amping up a home's curb appeal. Owners who need to sell quickly should choose their colors wisely, because there are certain exterior paint colors that sell. Just as some colors are more appealing for home staging inside the home...
Federally funded foreclosure relief will likely be less available to distressed homeowners as the Obama administration reduces the number of homeowners entitled to such aid, according to a story published today by Shahien Nasiripour of The Huffington Post. Facing pressure from major mortgage lend...
Putting your house on the market this spring? You'll need to polish it up. Some homeowners consider expensive improvements like new bathrooms, siding and more, but something as easy as painting can give you the best return on investment. "A fresh coat of paint is one of the first things buyers no...
Existing-home sales fell in February following three straight monthly increases, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Monday. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, dropped 9.6 per...
February home sales in Illinois increased from last month while year-over-year comparisons still reflect an impact from the homebuyer tax credit incentive. According to data from the Illinois Association of Realtors, statewide total home sales, including single family and condo sales, in February...
Based on scary specimens spotted in refrigerators and deserted lunch bags, you may think of mold as soggy, dirty, disgusting and, above all, obvious. However, that element of the obvious isn't always present in household mold mysteries. The most pristine, well-kept home can have serious mold issu...
March 2011  Market Update Gradual progress in the housing market continues at a steady pace without government support. The market has shown remarkable improvement from the initial drop after the expiration of the home buyer tax credit this past July. Although higher-than-normal distressed sales...

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