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Hiring a Contractor

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Take care in hiring a contractor. Some tips: 1. Check with friends, neighbors, Yelp reviews, trade associations, and home improvement stores for referrals. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. 2. Get three bids, then bargain. Question extremely low bids. 3. Don’t hire someone who “just completed work in your area” and offers [...]

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WHAT IS A POPCORN CEILING? (AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY NEW HOUSE HAS ONE?)

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“Popcorn” ceilings are acoustic ceiling textures that were popular in the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s. They were used to dampen noise and were applied through painting, or spraying, the texture onto a ceiling’s surface. Popcorn ceilings (also called cottage cheese ceilings or stucco ceilings) hid imperfections and didn’t require painting. However, these textures [...]

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Real Estate Commissions

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Everyone deserves to be paid for valuable services they render to others, and real estate professionals are no different. But as a prospective home buyer, you’ll want to be sure you understand how compensation factors into your transaction. Common questions include: What is the standard compensation structure? For the most part, real estate professionals are [...]

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Foreclosure Properties

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Foreclosures can be a difficult topic, simply because no one wants to see any homeowner fall on difficult times and suffer major financial set-backs. Still, foreclosures are an unfortunate fact of life. When they do occur, financially stable buyers are needed to help remedy the situation. Foreclosures may initially appear to be an appealing home [...]

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