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Narrowing Home Search When looking at potential homes, homebuyers can be overwhelmed with all of the choices out there. Hundreds of homes are on the market in any given city throughout the year.

Without evaluating every single listing, how can new homebuyers narrow the search down?

Start With the Basics

When presented with a myriad of choices, it is best to put first things first. The buyer’s budget, type of home, the number of beds and baths, and location are the cornerstones of any property search.

Budget

Every potential buyer would love to have a multi-million dollar budget when looking for their dream home. However, for most buyers, this is not the case. Having a realistic budget in mind will be an important factor in narrowing the initial home search.

Type

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Kitchen Return on Investment There's no room in the house more subject to remodeling fantasies than the kitchen. It's natural to want a place where you spend so much time to function well and look great — especially since it's the room where people often gather.

Interestingly, data gathered about the return on investment for home improvement projects shows that a minor kitchen remodel will give you way more bang for the buck when it comes to adding value to your home than a full gut job will. 

To get the most out of your home improvement money and try these quick and easy kitchen makeover projects. 

Replace Cabinet Hardware

Purchasing new knobs and drawer pulls for your kitchen cabinets can get pricey, but it's much less expensive than replacing your cabinets outright.

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Selling a Home While Buying Not everyone is a first time homebuyer. Many current home owners are considering scaling up for more room, or down for less maintenance and utility costs. 

If you already own a home, but are looking for another one, there are certain aspects of the purchasing process that may be a bit more challenging. Questions like "Can I sell my home while looking for another? Or, can I make an offer on a new home if my home has not sold yet? spring to mind. 

The good news is that you are not the first home buyer and seller to face this issue. There are many other prospective home buyers just like you, along with options on how to handle the situation. Here are four viable options for buying a new home when you still have one to sell - and the pros and cons of

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Selling a Fixer Upper House There are hundreds of articles about curb appeal to make your home attractive to potential buyers, and many more about quick fixes you can do prior to or after a home inspection to impress buyers and help seal the deal. But do you have to invest in changing your house before you sell?

Is it possible just to put up that "for sale" sign and let the chips fall where they may?

Possible? Yes. Smart? It depends. Take a look at the pros and cons of selling your home as a fixer upper to see if it's a good choice for your situation.

Selling "As Is" Pros

Fewer Upfront Costs

Often times, the biggest reason people look at selling a house "as is" is that they don't have the funds to make any further investments in the property. When sellers are short on

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Renovated Backyard When trying to sell your home, the best way to go about gaining the interest of buyers is to have an edge or an advantage of some sort that makes your home stand out above the others in your area. It should be memorable enough to have people picturing themselves living there.

One way to achieve this is to create an irresistible outdoor living space.

What is an Outdoor Living Space?

An outdoor living space is essentially transforming your backyard into a functional space where people can entertain, socialize, provide their kids or friends with activities, or simply be a place for spending time together. Creating an outdoor living space helps the buyer envision memories that will last a lifetime.

The Perks of Having an Outdoor Living Space

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How to Stage Home During Holidays Depending on your situation, fall and winter can be a great time to sell your house! Shoppers are motivated and the competition at this time of year is often low. With a little effort and some ingenuity, you can sell your home for a very good price. Knowing how to stage your home, what buyers want to see and how to avoid holiday or seasonal problems can help.

Keep Decorations Conservative

Loud, brash, bright decorations can be off-putting to some buyers. To help your home sell for a fair price, keep your holiday decorations conservative. This will allow buyers to focus on the appearance of your home and get a real sense of what your house looks like at all times of the year.

It can be tempting to go all-out during the stretch of holidays from

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Promoting Homes With Pets Pets are part of a growing number of American families today. Statistics show the number of households in American that include one or more dogs is approximately 37-47% and the approximate number of households with one or more cats is slightly less at 30-37%. Even though we love our pets, most pet owners will confess to having concerns about how their pet-friendly home will compete on the real estate market when the time comes to sell.

If you are a pet owner preparing to put your home on the market, the following information can help you ensure that your home is fully prepped and ready for marketing and able to impress even those buyers who haven't yet acquired a four-legged family member of their very own. 

Preparing the Pet-Friendly Home

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Historic Homes That Victorian mansion and old farmhouse seem so appealing from the street. Inside, everything could be quite a bit more complicated. Older homes may be a wonderful investment of your time and money, but you must be prepared to care for the home more than you would a newer home.

This checklist will help you determine what you need to know about any older home before you make an offer.

1. Structural Condition

No home was intended to last forever, but some can certainly last for hundreds of years. The condition of the home depends largely on the original construction and upkeep.

A home that was built well using quality materials will typically last longer than one built cheaply. How the previous owners have cared for the home also affects its

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Popular Home Styles As anyone who's done even a bit of casual house hunting can tell you, real estate has a language all its own. As you begin looking for a home, it's helpful to know your way around some of the terms used to describe a home's style. 

As you become more fluent in the language of real estate, you'll be better at scanning a listing to see if it's a house you're interested in, or if it's one you can skip.

To get started, here’s a list of common house styles and descriptors, along with their definitions.

Typical American Home Styles

Bungalow:

A bungalow usually refers to a smaller home with a large front porch. Most of the rooms are on the first floor as in a ranch home, but there is often a bedroom or two tucked away under the low roof as well.

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Inherited House Selling Guide Inheriting a home is an event often tinged with the sadness of losing someone close to you. This can make it difficult to make necessary decisions, such as emptying out the home and listing it for sale.

To complicate this, many homes that are handed down as inheritances by family elders have issues that must be addressed, such as the need for serious repairs or renovations before it will compete well against other local real estate for sale.

If you have recently inherited a home and are wondering how to go about getting it ready for market without incurring hefty expenses or additional stress, the following ideas can help. 

Verify Property Records

The first step in preparing to sell an inherited home is to verify that current records are

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