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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

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

August 13, 2014

How to Buy With Appreciation in Mind

As a homebuyer, how can you pinpoint a property that will gain value in the future rather than decline? Instead of relying on hunches, Allan Weiss suggests you take an analytical approach. Weiss is founder and CEO of a new company he contends can help buyers (and sellers) avert costly timing errors. Called... continue

August 06, 2014

Tips for Young Home-Buyers

Real estate economists who project into the future don't always like what they see. That's because many younger people are less likely to buy a home than were their parents at a similar age. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (, says the homeownership... continue

July 30, 2014

Condos and 'Condont's'

They were a married couple of attorneys fresh out of law school. They'd landed a pair of well-paid positions in a prestigious downtown law firm. Still in their early 30s, both were driven by professional ambition. Having a family could wait. Though skillful in law, they were novices at buying real estate.... continue

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