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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

October 15, 2014

Trading Up Without Crapping Out

While the real estate market traditionally slows in the fall and winter, that doesn't stop diehard buyers who aspire to a property that's newer, larger or simply more to their liking. Take the true story of a couple in their early 60s, a travel agent married to a government consultant, who sold their... continue

October 08, 2014

Tips for Home-Buying Families on a Budget

A couple in their early 30s -- an elevator company salesman married to a nurse -- had for five years relished life in a up-and-coming city neighborhood with lots of good restaurants and bars nearby. But after their first child was born, their priorities shifted. "Like a lot of young homebuyers, their... continue

October 01, 2014

How to 'Edit' Your Possessions for a Better Sale

A couple in their mid-60s were excited to sell their house and move to a condo they'd carefully chosen. But these empty-nesters also realized the necessity and the enormity of sorting through the things stored in the place where they'd lived for more than two decades and raised five children. So as part of a... continue

September 24, 2014

Tips for the Serial Mover

Michael Connerly had a happy childhood, except for one thing. Every two to three years, his parents got an itch to move. And every time the family changed houses, he and his three siblings endured the discomfort of being the "new kids" at school. "For my folks, it was almost like a magnetic... continue

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