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Open Houses: Worthwhile or Worthless?

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They say, “Time is money”. On the surface it means time is a valuable commodity, so it’s best to do things as quickly as possible. When it comes to real estate and house-hunting, I would like to suggest that this expression means that one should spend the necessary time on things that get the best results while...

How to Prep Your Bank Account to Buy a Home in 2017

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This is it: 2017 is the year you will finally buy a home! But even once you’ve made the ultimate decision to make the leap into homeownership, your hard work is far from complete. Buying a home is a big commitment and costs a lot of money — and getting the mortgage you want at the best interest rate possible is enough to stress anyone out. Organizing your financial house, so to speak, can help reduce that stress and set you up for home-buying success. If your goal is to nab the keys to a brand-new place, these six steps will help you get organized, stay on track, and fund your dreams.

1. Set a Specific Goal

It’s hard to make a plan of action if you don’t know where you want to...

Ask the Broker: What Is a Home Warranty? Should I Purchase It?

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In the course of buying a home, sellers may offer buyers home warranties as a means of inducing or sweetening a sale. Depending upon what is specifically covered in the warranty contract, buyers of older homes may find reassurance in the promise that, should the home’s named appliances and systems fail to function, the homeowner will be saved from costly repair or replacement bills. Generally speaking, the homeowner pays a yearly fee, perhaps $350-$600, and pays perhaps $60-$75 for each service call. The warranty company sends a repair person to the home to evaluate and fix the problem and/or to determine whether or not the non-functioning appliance or system can be repaired or will...

Challenge for Overseas Buyers: Apartment Registration

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My relatives recently sold their apartment, and the contract signing was delayed by over a month because their identification numbers on the apartment registration were from expired passports, which had since been replaced by new passports with new passport numbers.

Soon after this incident, I was talking with attorney Yaacov Epstein, an up-and-coming lawyer based in Jerusalem. This article is a summation of our conversation, and offers suggestions for overseas purchasers to protect themselves from having property registration issues.

In Israel, ownership of homes is registered in the land registry called TABU, or through other similar registration offices, depending on the type of...

Three Tips to Protect Your Home This Winter

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(BPT) Cold temperatures, snow, sleet and ice can all wreak havoc on your home’s gutters, windows and gardens, but it can have even more harmful effects on exterior wooden surfaces, such as decks, siding or roof shingles. Residing in Rhode Island, Pete Flood, whose family founded the Flood wood care brand 175 years ago, knows this all too well.

“The coastal climate is tough on wood,” Flood says. “The salt and humidity in the air sticks around all year.” Maintaining your home’s exterior wood surfaces, and of course using the right products, can help protect your home from harsh climates year round, but particularly harsh winter weather.”

While the Flood wood care brand is...

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