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The real estate industry is going through changes, despite the attempt of some to keep it the same. Learn more about reduced commission agents, online options and other non-traditional services.

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9 Things To Ask Before Selling Your Home

Just the other day I got an ad in the mail from a real estate agent. The bold print screamed "PRICES ARE UP 15% FROM LAST YEAR" and "HOMES ARE SELLING FASTER." Have you received these mailings too? Maybe you're wondering if now is the time to put your home on the market ...

The Pros And Cons Of For Sale By Owner

With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers, the research you can do online and with your phone is amazing. Apps like Redfin and HomeSnap will let you drive down a street, pull out your smartphone, aim it ...

Outdated features can land you a deal as a homebuyer

When you’re buying or selling a home, what features either hurt or help you? Buying a home is such an emotional thing. When you go to buy, I’ve long said you want to try to have ice water in your veins. Homes with dated features can hurt you as seller ...

Fannie Mae offers cash incentives toward closing costs

Fannie Mae is offering special incentives to buyers if you buy one of their REOs through March 31, 2014. Up to 3.5% in closing cost assitance is available strictly for people who want to occupy these REOs (real estate owned properties); this is not people looking for homes as investments. ...

Interest-only mortgages make a comeback

Interest-only mortgages are roaring back to life after doing some much harm to so many. But is this kind of loan automatically a bad idea? I remember getting the first calls about 15 years ago when interest-only loans started being offered. It was like callers wanted me to condone their ...

House hunting during the holidays

There's no place like home for the holidays – and that's doubly true if you're looking to buy a home right now! After being flat on its back, the housing market has come roaring back to life with a nice rise in home prices across much of the country. In ...

Is the recovery in housing values over?

Here we are having been through a real estate cycle where everything was sizzling and then things fell off a cliff. More recently, we've seen a dramatic recovery in housing values, especially in places that were hit by the worst of the housing bust. Where are we today? Should we ...

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What is your home worth?

There has never been a tougher time to try to figure out what a home you want to buy or sell is worth. Real estate markets have been in such turmoil from the bubble all the way through the bust, and only now are they recovering in many zip codes ...

Home energy-efficiency ratings

Homebuyers in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin have access to a new way they can measure the energy-efficiency of a potential home they might buy. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a new effort from the MLS that gives an energy efficiency score for a home that's on the ...

Get a more accurate property appraisal

Get a more accurate property appraisal

This new free online tool uses multiple databases to deliver a better-informed estimate for the value of the home you're trying to buy or sell.

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