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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

November 19, 2014

Tips for Trading Up or Down

After turning 60, a senior-level engineer and his teacher wife sat down to map their next decade. They knew for sure they wanted to sell the dated-looking property where they'd raised their kids. But the tougher decision was about their next house. Should they downsize like so many of their 60-something... continue

November 12, 2014

Tips for Cash-Strapped First-Time Buyers

Landlords are now commanding premium rents in an increasing number of popular neighborhoods. That makes it all the more difficult for long-time renters to save sufficient funds to afford the transition to homeownership. Tom Early, a past president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents... continue

November 05, 2014

The Delicate Art of Counteroffers

A machinist and his homemaker wife, both in their early 40s, had long been planning to sell their fully renovated Craftsman-style house to build a bigger, custom place on a rustic country lot. But they held off until autumn, waiting for perfect selling conditions in their area. Their timing was just right. ... continue

October 29, 2014

Pointers for Downsizing Retirees

After a long foreign-service career and early retirement, a couple in their late 50s decided to leave their sprawling 5,000-square-foot suburban home for a 3,500-square-foot place in a resort town an hour's drive away. The couple envisioned the resort house, with its five bedrooms, as a mecca for their... continue

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