H.R. 3221, the “Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008,” passed the House on July 23rd by a vote of 272-152. The Senate must now approve the language adopted by the House. The Senate is expected to approve the bill on Friday, July 25th or Saturday, July 26th.   The President has said he will sign the bill. It includes:…

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Most of us dread the thought of packing and moving.  Here are some tips to make it a bit easier:   Decide which items you will be packing yourself and which items you will have the movers pack.  Let the movers pack your fragile and expensive items.  The advantages are they know what they are doing,…

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The natural focal point of a real estate purchase contract is the selling price of the home, but the price is not the only factor that determines the net bottom line for both the buyer and seller.  Here are five other points to consider: 1.  What are the estimated transaction costs and who will pay for…

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Summer brings out the do-it-your-selfers.  Some of the things we want to do involve concrete (boy, is it expensive!)….. and whether it is reparing a wall, sidewalk or some ambitious project.  For my summer project, I want to have extra driveway space. On the right side of my driveway I have a bit of space I…

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Most homebuyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal…. the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing.  You can help make sure they come inside your home by spending some time to freshen up its exterior appearance.  In today’s market, it is especially…

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There is always a small percentage of homes for sale at any given time that can present a profit opportunity for anyone looking for a bargain and willing to do some work.  Today’s market has many short sales, foreclosed properties and REO’s that may fit into this category.  Each will have its own challenges for…

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