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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


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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What to Do After the Home Inspection Homebuyers often dread the home inspection, because finding out what's wrong with the home of your dreams can make purchasing that home a bit daunting. If your home-to-be has just been the subject of an inspection with scary results, the following tips will help you understand the report and react accordingly.

Put it in Perspective

When the inspection is over, it's important to keep a healthy perspective. You can expect that any home that isn't new construction will not be perfect. Pipes deteriorate, walls crack, and gutters age and over many years; older homes change in strange and unexpected ways. Once you start digging for problems in an older home, you're sure to come up with a handful of issues, some of which might be quite expensive if you

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Real Estate Agent Benefits Anyone can sell anything - from homemade crafts to your grandma's old mini-van on the Internet these days with the help of seller-ready websites.  But just because something can be done, doesn't always make it a wise decision.

In theory at least, the internet might seem to make selling your home as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) easier, but working with your own real estate agent to sell your home brings several tangible benefits that a FSBO cannot. Before you try and sell your home yourself, consider the following benefits when you work with a real estate agent to sell your home.

Get Market Guidance from a Real Estate Agent

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 89 percent of all home sellers received assistance from a real estate

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Realtor Designation Acronyms Ever wondered just what all those acronyms stand for on your real estate agent's business card? Then you may be interested in knowing that real estate agents are required to complete continuing education classes on a regular basis.

Many agents and brokers also earn specialty designations in a variety of related topics: Real estate law, property management, relocation service, appraisals and finance. These continuing education courses contribute to the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that a broker calls upon to transact daily business, which can directly benefit their clients.

The initials may be impressive, but the training and the time involved in earning REALTOR® designations is even more valuable. For the best help you can get when

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Bad Home Inspection Report

Selling your home involves several steps, from selecting the right real estate professional to preparing for showings and dealing with various obstacles. A common obstacle many home sellers face is dealing with the buyer's bad home inspection report.

What can and should you do as a home seller when a home inspection report comes back loaded with negative items? You have options -- bad home inspection should never be a cause for panic.

Defining a Home Inspection

The American society of Home Inspectors defines a home inspection as "a documented, professional opinion of a home-based on a visual evaluation and operational testing of the home’s systems and components to determine their current condition."

Both sellers and buyers should have a

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Preparing Your Home to Sell

Getting a home ready for the real estate market takes a lot of hard work on the part of the seller. While it is very important to attend to the tasks that will help the home visually appeal to buyers, such as touching up the paint, cleaning carpets and getting rid of any clutter that may have accumulated over the years, there are also some other tasks that need to be done in order to ensure that the entire home selling process will be smooth and successful. 

Here are 7 MORE things to consider doing before listing your home for sale.

Please note, we are not attorneys. For information about title issues, liens, encroachments or other legal matters related to your property, always consult with a qualified attorney.

Checking for Potential Title

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Monitoring Credit Before Mortgage Application

It's not fun to be denied a mortgage, and credit glitches are not uncommon. But there are some proven ways to better your chances and sail through the mortgage approval process. 

Below are 7 things you must pay attention to if a buying a home and obtaining a mortgage is in your future. 

Please note, that we are not mortgage lenders. For mortgage advice specific to your home-buying needs & financial situation, always consult with a licensed mortgage professional.

Obtain Updated Credit Reports

Well in advance of the time you plan to begin your home search and getting pre-approved for a mortgage, order free credit reports from the three major reporting firms.

If you have limited knowledge of how to interpret the credit report, or if you have

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Home Improvements When Selling a Home

Every home seller wants top dollar for their house. Before placing your home on the market, sit down with a real estate professional and discuss the other home sales in your neighborhood to get a feel for what buyers want and will pay for. Unless your home is still considered new and move-in-ready or you've recently completed major renovations, it's likely a few home improvements will allow you to up the asking price.

Don't swing that hammer just yet, however. Knocking down a wall to create open space or hiring a contractor for a full kitchen renovation may improve the look of the home, but it may not always offer the best return-on-investment or ROI.

Which Home Improvements Offer the Best ROI When Selling?

Certain home improvements bring

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