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If you have an old clothes dryer that goes thumpety-thump, a rusty washer or antique furnace like something from a Stephen King novel, this is for you: a federal stimulus program offering rebates on purchases of energy-efficient appliances. Read more»
Their grandparents and great-grandparents wouldn’t think twice about it, but the Baby Boomers might blanche at the notion of moving in with family members to save some cash. But the tough economy has forced many Boomers’ hands, giving new meaning to the term "multi-family unit." Read more»
The Inside Scoop on Short Sales
By: Brian O'Connell
The National Association of Realtors is out with an insider’s guide to real estate agents who use short sales. It’s worth reading for both buyers and sellers looking for a short sale deal. Read more»
The National Association of Realtors reports that U.S. pending home sales rose by 8.2% in February — a big increase over recent months. Why the upswing? It could have something to do with the end of lower interest rates, the end of the homebuyer’s credit and the end of low inflation. Read more»
How Twitter Can Find You a Home
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s no secret that banks are using social networking tools to sell services. But they’re not the only ones. Real estate agents are turning to Twitter to sell homes. If you want follow along, though, you have to know how to play the game. Read more»
Question: With prices down and interest rates reasonable, my spouse and I are in the market for a new home. The thing is, we’ve already found one we like and are getting around to having it inspected by a professional. Any tips or potential problems we should know about? — M. Durkin, Chicago Read more»
Eight out of 10 people would probably say they don't like their real estate agent. I'm among the eight and would never have imagined myself being a real estate agent. Today, however, I'm a real estate agent in Manhattan, partly driven by observing opportunities from the points I'll outline here. Read more»
Just when you thought it might be safe to buy that house on the water, a big hedge fund manager says to hold on — six months from now you can get it way cheaper. Read more»
You might not know it, but there’s an index that tracks the average value of homes owned by Americans 65 and over — and it’s most recent reading skews upward. Here’s why Grandma and Grandpa might be smiling this week. The index comes from Golden Gateway Financial, specifically from its Reverse Mortgage index that tracks home values for older Americans. Read more»
The National Association of Home Builders look at the Baby Boomer crowd — 77 million strong — and see a possible way out of the housing crisis. Increasingly, homebuilders are building smaller, more energy-efficient new homes in active communities that Boomers want — and making them more affordable in the process. With money tight and down payments low, it looks like Boomers are taking the bait. Read more»
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