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By Brooke Chaplan If you've decided to place your home on the market, you likely want it to sell as quickly as possible. Partially, this is for your own convenience. More importantly, though, the longer that a house sits on the market, the lower its final price tends to be. Therefore, before you list your home, you need to be sure it's ready to attract as much attention...

By Wendy Dessler Most people take great pride in making their home more appealing, and homeowners can spend hundreds or thousands each year on improvements and alterations. One of the main things to consider when choosing an improvement project is how much value it could potentially add to your residence. You also need to think about the overall cost of the project. Related:...

By Meghan Belnap A house or yard flipper is an investor who purchases particular properties and creates new ways to make them more attractive and of higher quality for the purpose of selling quickly at a higher price. The goal, of course, is to make a profit over and above the purchase price and all costs involved in the renovations. Related: 5 House-Flipping Expenses...

If you're preparing to get a loan, perhaps a mortgage, it's a good idea to check your credit score. To save yourself from the damage that can happen when you fall victim to identity theft, monitoring your credit is also advisable. Two of the more popular ways to access the information credit bureaus have on you is through Credit Karma and Credit Sesame—but which...

By Brooke Chaplan The roof on your home is the main structure standing between the elements and the interior of your property. Although your roof can become damaged by things such as high winds and hail, you might overlook other things that happen every day that can cause damage. Related: Getting a Custom Home? Here's How to Get the Strongest Roof Watch out for these...

By Meghan Belnap If you have a dog and want to put your house up for sale, certain things around your home might need to be replaced due to damage caused by your pet. Having these problems addressed before putting your home on the market can help you get higher offers from potential buyers. Related: Realtor.com Report: Anatomy of Home-Buying Pet Owners If you're...

By Lizzie Weakley As a real estate professional, you may have some competition from other REALTORS® when looking for business. As in every career, marketing plays a significant role in establishing a brand and building a client base. Related: 4 Methods to Speed Up a Home Sale Without a Big Advertising Budget Here are some popular and proven strategies for advertising...

Most real estate reports tell you where to move—those locations that have the highest affordability levels, low crime rates, great education, etc. But how about looking at the places where people are sticking around? That's got to be a good sign that it's a nice place to live, right? 55Places.com recently released a report that found where homeowners stay planted...

By Meghan Belnap Even if you have a beautiful home in a great location, you should still consider carrying out a few fixes and upgrades before you put it on the market. Minor fixes might seem like a hassle at first, but they could appeal to potential buyers, possibly increasing the price of your home by a considerable amount. Replace the doorknobs. Outdated and damaged...

By Meghan Belnap Investing in real estate is a great way to ensure that you have a strong source of passive income. Unfortunately, getting started can be full of expensive pitfalls. Related: 4 Top Modern Methods of Investing in Real Estate As you begin your investing journey, a good way to kick-start your income-earning potential is by leasing a property or two....