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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

October 01, 2014

How to 'Edit' Your Possessions for a Better Sale

A couple in their mid-60s were excited to sell their house and move to a condo they'd carefully chosen. But these empty-nesters also realized the necessity and the enormity of sorting through the things stored in the place where they'd lived for more than two decades and raised five children. So as part of a... continue

September 24, 2014

Tips for the Serial Mover

Michael Connerly had a happy childhood, except for one thing. Every two to three years, his parents got an itch to move. And every time the family changed houses, he and his three siblings endured the discomfort of being the "new kids" at school. "For my folks, it was almost like a magnetic... continue

September 17, 2014

Leaving the Empty Nest Behind

With her children just off to college, a widow in her early 50s tackled a tough question. Should she keep the big family house with high mortgage payments that symbolized security and comfort for her kids? Or should she sell to cut expenses and pursue the dream of leaving her corporate job for interior design school? ... continue

September 10, 2014

Keeping It Clean for the Long-Term

Every real estate agent has stories about late-night calls from clients who "just can't take it anymore." They're stressed out by the constant need to keep their property in showcase condition until it sells. That means not a single toy on the floor, dish in the sink or wrinkle on a bedroom comforter. ... continue

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