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Avoid these five home-showing mistakes if you want buyers’ hearts to beat faster when they see your home. So you're about to put your home on the market? In that case, I assume you want to take every legal and ethical advantage to sell your home for top dollar without dropping your price. To do that, you need just ONE thing: An eager, qualified, and willing buyer. The good news is that buyer is...

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What you need to know if the government bans short-term rentals.

Photo by Daniel Joseph Petty on In April, Canada's finance minister announced a two-year ban on foreign home buying, as well as higher taxes for people who sell their homes within a year (with qualifying exceptions). Also in April, the island of Oahu in Hawaii passed a law nearly eliminating short-term rentals, now requiring minimum stays of 90 days in all but a few situations. Many...

The Best Way To Use Your Home’s Equity

An ever-increasing number of homeowners are taking advantage of their extra equity by getting a home equity loan or a line of credit. But accessing your extra home equity should be done carefully, and only in a narrow set of circumstances. In 2006, just before the last real estate bubble popped, homeowners were treating their homes like endless piggy banks. They used their equity to purchase nice...

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