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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

November 26, 2014

Carve Out Needed Time When Prepping to Sell

Does your life involve a demanding boss, kids who must be pressed on homework and a spouse who travels a lot on business? Beyond all that, are you also planning to sell your house in the near future? If so, Neen James, a time management expert and author of "Folding Time: How to Achieve Twice as Much in... continue

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

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