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Seven Essentials for Buying a Safe Home

By PJ Wade In dazzling summer sunshine, everything in a home looks great. But... and it's a big but! Buyers can be distracted by strategic staging, clever decor, and time pressures. They benefit from stepping back to determine whether the home they're considering will require expensive additions or overhauls to keep everyone safe—not just this summer, but every day of the year. The more buyers ask from sell ...

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The Critical First Two Weeks of Marketing Your Home For Sale

Brokers share their listings with other brokers in the multiple listing service (MLS) under certain rules of cooperation and compensation. One of the rules of cooperation is that each broker and agent make a new listings available to other MLS members within 24 or 48 hours of signing the listing agreement with the seller. This is to give you, the seller, the greatest chance of selling your home during the f ...

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Prepare for Major Life Expenses with Tax-Advantage Accounts

By Nathaniel Sillin College tuition, a new pair of glasses and retirement may seem unrelated, but the tax law says otherwise. By knowing how and where to save your money, you could pay for each of these expenses with tax-advantaged – or in some cases income-tax-free – money. Individual Retirement Agreements (IRAs) and 401(k)s are perhaps the two most well-known examples of these types of accounts. But they' ...

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The Keys to Outfitting Your First Apartment on a Budget

By Nathaniel Sillin Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to decorate an entire living area and turn a blank slate into a home.  Here's some advice for finding ...

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