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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

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

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

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