6 factors to consider when choosing a real estate agent


The American do-it-yourself mentality has driven our nation’s dynamic success at every level. The power of personal investment and pride get things accomplished on time and on target. But some things are better left to the experts. When it comes

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Is your home holiday ready?


The holidays are a time for celebration, and that means houseguests, family dinners, and socializing with friends. But this year, maybe you’ve started to notice that your home isn’t quite up for the task.

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Identity Theft: Shop securely this holiday with these tips


The holiday shopping season brings out thieves hoping to score your credit card details or steal your personal identity. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re checking off your gift list, but don’t let down your guard. When you’re in

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9 tips on how to shop the holiday sales on a budget


It’s already holiday shopping time, and that can be an expensive proposition. But holiday shopping also means holiday sales season. With a little planning, you can still shop the sales to scoop up the deals—then sit back and enjoy the

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Should you buy an investment property?


Real estate makes a smart investment—that part of conventional financial wisdom still holds true. But making profit from real estate isn’t about gambling on gargantuan property deals, nor is it about flipping homes. The slow, steady trickle of monthly rental

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