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How much should you spend on fix-up before a sale?

If you're planning to sell your home, chances are you've already done the math and decided it's the right time. But how much should you spend on home renovations and fix-up before you put your house on the market?

Do you really need a real estate agent to buy a home?

In a tight economy, the jury is out on whether a real estate agent is really necessary when you're selling a house. So how do you know whether it's worth it to hire one?

10 Benefits of Using a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Home

It's true that anyone can shop for a house, and even get a peek inside, without formally signing on with a real estate agent. But what are some of the benefits of using an agent to buy your new home?

How to Choose a Listing Agent

In a slow real estate market, you can't just put a for sale sign in the yard and expect eager buyers to come knocking down your door with offers. Instead it's best to hire a listing agent to bring buyers and get you the best price possible. But how do you choose the right agent?

10 Tech Tools to Use When Buying a House

Buying a house is a bit easier these days thanks to technology. There are now so many tools to aid us in the process that we can do much of the work from home. These are 10 tools that harness the power of modern technology and make the home buying process as painless as possible.

How much of your home search should you do online?

The Internet has changed the home-buying process. We no longer have to call up a real estate agent, wait for a list of prospective houses and check them out in person to begin the home buying process. We can do that online first.

10 Things You Should Never Tell the Listing Agent

A professional and successful listing agent can be a huge asset for you when you're putting your house on the market. But did you know that there are actually things you should never tell your agent while they're selling your house? Read on to find out what they are.

Who owns an abandoned house?

When the economy sours, home vacancies dramatically increase. But who is responsible for abandoned properties, and what can you do about it? We have the answers.

Moving Checklist

Moving can be stressful -- maybe even a bit frightening for first-timers. But it doesn't have to be. Having a timeline and a checklist can help.

Home Downsizing 101

Downsizing your home could mean saving some serious cash, but it isn't just about money. Before you consider sizing down, you may want to ask yourself these 10 questions.

Should I rent or buy a home?

The volatile housing market, money woes and uncertainty at work can make the idea of home ownership downright scary for many first-time home buyers. You want to make the right decision about whether to rent or buy a house, but lacking a crystal ball, what should you do?

Navigating Your First Home Inspection

Buying your first home is super exciting, a little nerve-wracking and a huge decision. For some, the emotional roller coaster may be enough to keep you renting forever. But don't fret; a home inspection can help quell some of those fears.

Tips for First Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuying doesn't need to be as daunting as you might think. Check out these tips and find out what to know before buying your first home.

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Home

Buying your very first house can seem like a daunting task. While thoughts of white picket fences and granite countertops might be dancing in your head, you don't want to be carried off by a dream and left holding a serious bill. But if you go into it with some research and a little help from others, you can make the right choices as a first-time home buyer.

What Your Credit Score Means

Unless you only operate with cold, hard cash, credit is a way of life. And managing that credit to keep you in the money is extremely important. Where does you credit score come into the equation, and what does it mean?

Should you buy a foreclosed home?

That stately brick home with the foreclosure sign out front looks like a great deal, but investing in a foreclosed property is a risky venture. What you see isn't always what you get, and you could lose your shirt.

Top 10 Cities for Families

Home is where the heart is for sure, but in these uncertain economic times, home might turn out to be where the jobs are, too. These 10 cities boast low unemployment rates and reasonable living costs. Did your city make the list?

10 Things First-time Homebuyers Want, but Don't Need

So, you're in the car rolling along and you see it, your dream house. While you may not be able to afford everything on your wish list, you will want a few amenities you've been yearning for. But do you really need them?

Can you buy your first home with bad credit?

Whereas a few years ago you could get a subprime loan without much trouble, the mortgage mess has led to a lot more caution in the way home loans are approved these days. If you're credit needs work, owning a home may be a distant dream.

First-time Homebuying 101

The upside of a housing-market crash? Prices fall, making it a great time to buy. Buying your first home isn't a simple process, but it's entirely doable with a little preparation. Where should you start?

10 Tips for Hiring a Professional Mover

You're standing at your new house and all of your things are locked inside a truck out front. The movers piled a bunch of extra charges onto your bill, and they're holding your stuff hostage until you pay up. What could you have done to prevent this?

5 Difficult Things to Move

Moving hurts. A long day of schlepping boxes from one home to another will definitely make your muscles ache. But certain items are especially difficult to move.

5 Tips for Moving Plants

Moving your plants from one house to another should be pretty simple, right? However, it's not that straightforward. What kinds of things should you consider when moving plants?

5 Moving Day Tips

Moving day is exciting, but it can also be stressful. There's a lot to do, and you want it all to run smoothly. What can you do to make moving day a breeze?

5 Tips for Moving Pets

A move is rough on pets, especially if it involves flying. But your pet's comfort isn't the only thing to consider. Does the county, state or country to which you're moving have special laws related to pets? Will you have to quarantine your pet?