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9 Things You Must Know When Buying a Brand New Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Newly built or pre-construction homes are the house of choice for many homebuyers. Trulia recently asked people Americans whether they would prefer to buy a newly built home or a previously-lived-in home, and a whopping 41 percent said they wanted brand-spanking new.


Most people cite modern features...

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4 Ways Millennials Can Maximize Their Home Buying Power

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:54 PM

As millennials approach home-buying age, what's preventing them from becoming owners?

According to a recent Trulia Trends survey, 41 percent of millennials surveyed said that saving for a down payment is their biggest hurdle to home ownership. Indeed, coming up with enough cash for that down payment is a...

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11 Telltale Signs It's Time to Move

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Moving is no easy feat, but sometimes it's very, very necessary. Think you might be on the brink of a move? Here are the telltale signs it's time to start breaking out the boxes!

1. Bursting at the Seams

Have you outgrown your home? Is the family getting bigger by the year...

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Why New Construction Homes Are a Hot Choice for Homebuyers

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:18 AM

According to a recent Trulia survey, twice as many people prefer new homes to existing homes.

So what qualifies as "new"?

"New" means exactly that: just-built properties that have never been lived in before, or homes purchased in the pre-construction phase. On the flip side, "existing" or resale...

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11 Ways to Tell If You're an Annoying Neighbor

(14) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 7:10 PM

Neighbors. We all have them -- and we are all neighbors to the people that live beside, above or below us. The good news? According to a recent Trulia survey, 67 percent of American homeowners said they like their neighbors! However, that does leave the other 33 percent, and...

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5 Things Your Landlord Wants You to Know

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:20 PM

In the world of renting, the relationship between a landlord and a tenant can be a tricky one. The reality is, a landlord wants what's best for their investment property and that means they want you, their beloved tenant, to know a few important things, so the time you spend...

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Top Reasons Millenials Shouldn't Buy A Home...Yet

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 8:45 PM

There are many reasons to buy your first home, including dozens of financial benefits and lifestyle benefits. And right now, it's a buyer's market; interest rates are still low, hitting 4.34% for a 30 year fixed loan this month. According to the latest Trulia survey, 68% of...

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7 Ways to Match Your First Dream Home to Your Budget

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:38 PM

You are ready to buy your first home. Congrats!

Although you haven't found it yet, in your mind, it's perfect! Open floor plan, granite countertops, a walk-in closet ... the works!

Not to burst your bubble, but let's take a step back. You are buying your very first home....

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12 Steps to Fight a Low Appraisal

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:51 PM

In real estate, there are several circumstances when your entire transaction hangs in the balance, based on the results of an appraisal:

  1. When you are buying a home, you need the appraisal of the home you are buying to match or be higher than the price...

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7 Things Anyone Can Learn From A-List Celebrity Homes

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:36 PM

1. Location, Location, Location

Ever wonder why celebrities are all clustered together in the same neighborhoods? It's for several reasons, but mainly it's because those 'hoods are prime real estate -- and they were even before the celebs moved in. Many of these areas are close to the restaurants,...
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How to Survive Living in Your For-Sale Home

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:20 PM

You're about to put your house on the market! Congrats -- that's a big move. When that for-sale sign goes on the front lawn, dozens of eager real estate agents and many potential buyers will stampede through your front door and into every room of your house. You'll have strangers...

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Should You Sell Your Home? 5 Crucial Considerations

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:39 PM

If you've been paying attention to the news, you've undoubtedly seen headlines stating that real estate prices are on the rise. According to Trulia, most markets, housing has begun to bounce back and in a selected few metros, like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, the housing market...

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7 Ways Pets Could Stall Your Home Sale

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:09 PM


I love animals -- and have a particular soft spot for dogs, especially my own wonderful rescued welsh terrier -- so keep in mind that the advice in this post is all about helping you get your house sold, not neglecting...

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These Are the Two Rooms That Really Sell Homes

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:50 PM

If you're planning to put your house on the market, you likely want to maximize your very limited time and extra cash. That's why Trulia suggests zeroing in on what we call Buyer Hot Spots: the 'make it or break it' focal points of a home. As a seller with a...

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8 Ongoing Homeowner Expenses and How to Prepare For Them

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:18 PM


Interest rates remain historically low, and according to Trulia's latest Trends Report, homes are affordable for the middle class in 80 out of the 100 largest metros. But let's put it all on the table, just so there are no...

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6 Seller Secrets for This Summer's Real Estate Market

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Each year, it seems the housing market takes on a different tone -- and whether it's going to be a sellers' market with inflated prices and bidding wars, or a buyers' market with tons of choices and low prices -- there's no denying that the 2014 housing season is upon...

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7 Questions You Need to Ask About the New Qualified Mortgage Rules

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:43 PM

After a tumultuous few years in the housing market, the rules are starting to change -- for the better. Here are seven frequently asked questions about the new 'qualified mortgage' rules and answers about how it affects your mortgage:

1. Who Created Them And Why?

These new rules were released...

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9 Things to Ignore When House Hunting

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Looking for a new home can be a challenge, especially when you walk into someone's for-sale home and 20 years of their lives are on display. You have to really use your imagination to determine how you can that particular home 'yours.' Many people choose to remodel and

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How to Vet a Real Estate Agent: 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:22 PM

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, one of the first things you'll need to have down is your partner in crime: your real estate agent. There are a lot of real estate professionals out there today. Chances are you may already know one from within your own social circle...

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It's Open House Season! Here's the Essential Check List for All Your Home Tours

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Open houses are an exciting adventure, but have their own set of rules. You need to follow them in order to turn open house shopping into a dream house purchase. While they can be fun, but they also require prep work, keen attention to detail, and follow-up. Below I've rounded...

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