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HOW TO BATTLE AND WIN IN A SELLER'S MARKET

It is and has, for some time now, been a seller’s market. Not enough homes have signs up on their front lawns these days, and not enough people are moving. Instead, they are staying put and even improving what they have. So how do you maneuver in a market like this?

INCOME TAX TIME MEANS SCAMMERS ARE EVERYWHERE

It's that time of year when we either look forward to a tax refund or shake in our shoes over what we owe in income taxes. As a homeowner, you may even count on that refund to do a bit of remodeling this spring or summer. That means this is also the time of year to watch out for scammers — people calling, emailing, or even sending you fake paperwork with "official" looking logos at the top of the page, claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW WHEN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME

Believe it or not, many a homebuyer who may have saved up meticulously for years for the down payment on a house can end up flat-footed after the close of escrow. Why? Because often they have not thought about the expenses of homeownership that have nothing to do with their monthly mortgage payment.

TRUSTING YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR HEART WHEN HOUSE-DATING

For most of us, looking for the “perfect” home can be an emotional roller coaster. Like hunting online for the perfect partner in life, it’s hard to know what you’re getting even after studying the dozens of photos in any particular listing and reading all the copy contained there.