The Problem with Real Estate Predictions

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When it comes to real estate, there are no shortage of predictions. But in spite of a desperate desire to know what’s coming, and various methods employed over thousands of years, the fact remains that even the very smartest people get it wrong, again and again. But that isn’t even the biggest issue. Here’s the real problem with real estate predictions. What to Remember No one has a crystal ball, and even the most educated guesses are just that—guesses. If

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The Intangible Value of a Real Estate Professional

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No matter how astute you may be, the home-buying process is often a complicated tangle of nerves and emotions filled with expectations, compromise, negotiations, highs, and lows. After all, this is likely the largest investment in someone’s life, both emotionally and financially. Even investors have trouble separating emotion from business when it comes to real estate. That’s why you need an experienced agent who understands the oh-so-critical secondary hat they must wear—glorified therapist. Here are four ways your agent helps

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The Best Time to Emotionally Check Out During the Home Selling Process

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For people who have made the decision to sell their “forever home” — the one filled with memories and emotions, where families were raised and grandchildren gather, the one that was renovated and improved and perfected — it’s entirely natural to find the experience highly charged. The same goes for folks selling just about any home. Traditionally, wherever you call home tends to hold many memories. So when is the best time to emotionally disconnect during the home selling process? Here’s

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Cleaning Your New Home: How to Get It Into Shape Without Wrecking Your Budget

Special thanks to Suzie Wilson at Happier Home for this week’s post. Cleaning your new home before you move in is a big job, but it’s an important one. Whether it’s newly built or previously owned, every house should be deep-cleaned to ensure that the air quality is in top shape before a family moves in. This is because dust, pollen, pet dander, and other debris can linger and become clogged in air ducts and filters, which can cause problems

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Decluttering? Don’t Donate These Items

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Somehow, it’s spring again and for many of us, it’s the time of year when we roll up our sleeves and do some serious decluttering. Whether you’re moving or not, there’s something satisfying about sorting all that stuff into “trash” and “donate” piles. But before you pat yourself on the back for all your self-less donations, read on. Your local secondhand store doesn’t actually want all of your cast-offs. If you’re decluttering, don’t donate these items. Mattresses and Box Springs

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