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Top Remodeling Projects

Thinking of remodeling before you sell? Check out this article from Realty Times on the Top Remodeling Projects from the last year to see which may be the best cost-to-value ratio for you.

 

Home Fire Prevention

Home Fire Prevention

“Each year, thousands of homeowners are devastated by fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die and another 18,000 are injured in fires.

Some of these fires are started in the home while others come in the form of wildfires, which run rampant when conditions are right. Many of these fires could have been prevented.”

Read More from Realty Times for information on the main causes of home fires and ways to protect your property.

Homebuyers Make Lifestyle Options Priority

Planning or trying to sell your home? Check out this article Homebuyers Make Lifestyle Options Priority from Realty Times about the what¬†potential buyers may be looking for so you can highlight your home’s special selling points.

“The adage when it comes to real estate has been “location, location, location.” A recent survey, though, shows that lifestyle options are a priority. These include health and safety, access to cultural activities, and family-friendly neighborhoods.”

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As housing prices drop, closing costs are rising

As housing prices drop, closing costs are rising

Nationwide, the average origination and title fees on a $200,000 purchase mortgage totaled $4,070, according to Bankrate’s annual survey of closing costs. That’s an 8.8 percent jump compared to 2010 when the average closing costs totaled $3,741.

Most of the jump in closing costs is tied to fees charged directly by lenders.

Read More on MSNBC.com

Check out our section on Closing Costs to learn more about closing costs and escrow.

New home sales fall even as prices start to rise

New home sales fall even as prices start to rise

New single-family home sales unexpectedly fell in June, but a sharp rise in prices and declining supply suggested the market for new houses was starting to stabilize, a government report showed on Tuesday.

Other data showed consumers grew more confident about the future this month, even though there were still concerns about lack of jobs.

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