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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

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

September 03, 2014

Selling on Lots Big and Small

James Hughes is one of a cohort of Americans who still loves owning a large plot of land, no matter how long a commute it imposes. He lives on a 13-acre parcel a full hour's drive from his office. "Some people just like the sanctuary feel of lots of land," says Hughes, a real estate expert and... continue

August 27, 2014

Selecting a More Functional House

Fewer Americans now seek a "show-off" house than a few years ago, real estate market observers say. That means oversized houses are less popular than in the past, in large measure due to cost. "Middle-class people are far more price-aware, and that's led to a strong pushback against... continue

August 20, 2014

How to Make Sure the Price Is Right

If you offer your home for sale this fall, would you be doing so in a market that favors sellers or buyers? That will depend heavily on the neighborhood where you live, the timing of your sale and intangible factors that even the most seasoned observers can't predict -- like buyers' moods. "The... continue

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