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Michael Corbett

How to Protect Your Belongings During an Open House

Michael Corbett | Posted 01.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Now that your home is ready to sell, opening it to the public for showings poses a few risks. While the idea of theft shouldn't be your main worry come open house day, you don't want to tempt people either.

Top 4 Real Estate Regrets

Michael Corbett | Posted 03.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Call it buyer's remorse or second-guessing the decision, the top real estate regrets are all ones that can be avoided if they're taken into consideration now -- before you get the keys to your new place.

Rules for Selling During Winter Months

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Prepping for an open house has its own to-do list, but there are some tips that are specific to wintertime showings. The weather is usually challenging, to put it gently. It's wet and cold, and people are not comfortable leaving their warm, comfortable homes to walk around bundled up.

12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As anyone who's moved a few times knows, not all neighborhoods are created equal. There is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, because not all areas are going to be truly a perfect fit for everyone and their unique needs.

9 Things You Must Know When Buying a Brand New Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 02.26.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Buyers, caught up in the excitement of a brand new, never-lived-in home can overlook some key details that affect their bottom lines. Curious what they are?

4 Ways Millennials Can Maximize Their Home Buying Power

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

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 formidable task.

11 Telltale Signs It's Time to Move

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

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!

Why New Construction Homes Are a Hot Choice for Homebuyers

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Older homes, especially ones that were not meticulously maintained or renovated each decade usually need a little TLC and are often slightly less expensive than a new construction home. However, new construction homes have advantages that just might outweigh their older, more established counterparts.

11 Ways to Tell If You're an Annoying Neighbor

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

For the sake of neighborhood tranquility and harmony, let's do a spot check to see if you fall into the category of nice or annoying. If you identify with one or more of the factors below -- you just might be an annoying neighborhood.

5 Things Your Landlord Wants You To Know

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Understanding the lease allows you to to avoid costly extra charges and keep you protected from giving the landlord reason to financially penalize you or worse ... evict you. Take the 15 minutes to read your lease -- it is a win/win for everyone.

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

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Home buying is not for everyone. For all the positive aspects to home ownership, there are some very compelling reasons not to buy a home right now. So, if you're ready to jump headfirst into the 'American Dream,' read this first.

7 Ways to Match Your First Dream Home to Your Budget

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

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!

12 Steps to Fight a Low Appraisal

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

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

7 Things Anyone Can Learn From A-List Celebrity Homes

Michael Corbett | Posted 12.03.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

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.

How to Survive Living in Your For-Sale Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 11.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Selling your home is such a huge financial undertaking that you want to give your home the best opportunity to sell for the highest price -- but you still have to live there. Is there a way to honor both?

These Are the Two Rooms That Really Sell Homes

Michael Corbett | Posted 08.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

They're the interior spaces where the most value can be added during a sale, so they need to look their best.

6 Seller Secrets for This Summer's Real Estate Market

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Each year, it seems the housing market takes on a different tone. Sometimes it's going to be a sellers' market with inflated prices and bidding wars, and sometimes a buyers' market with tons of choices and low prices.

Buying a House? Why Putting 20 Percent Down Is the Smartest Decision

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.18.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

What does one need to understand to help you come to terms with the 20 percent down number? Let us explain. See below for all the reasons why you should love the idea of a 20 percent down payment.

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

As a general rule, it's wise to take 20 percent less than what the bank will lend you.

10 Quick and Budget-Friendly Projects to Remake Your Space This Spring

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

An accent color wall or an interior room repaint will liven up a home. With little money and just a day or a weekend, your house can have new a new look and a new life. Be adventurous!