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What to Know About Home Hazards
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Radon A colorless, odorless gas that can seep into your home from the ground, radon is often referred to as the second most common cause of lung cancer behind smoking. What to look for: Basements or any area with protrusions...
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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Inspector
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Do you belong to a professional association? There are many associations for home inspectors, but some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Make sure the association your home inspector names is a...
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What to Know About the Home Inspection
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Some items should always be examined. Structure The home’s “skeleton” should be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and the earth that surrounds it. Structural components include items such as the foundation and the framing. Exterior The inspector should...
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Checklist: Prepare for Your Move after the Sale of Your Home
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Update your mailing address at usps.com or fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office. Change your address with important service providers, such as your bank(s), credit companies, magazine subscriptions, and others. Create a list of people who...
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Questions to Ask the HOA Board when Buying a Condo Home
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Before you purchase a condo, you should have an attorney review property documents for you. However, you should contact the board yourself ahead of time. You’ll learn how responsive and organized its members are and be alerted to potential problems....
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Questions to Ask When Considering Buying a Condo or Townhouse with an HOA
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Condominiums, townhomes, and properties located within a homeowner association offer certain perks, but it’s important to consider them in your decision process. How much storage is available? Some properties include storage lockers, but there may not be attics or basements...
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Question to Ask About a Neighborhood When Buying a Home
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Where you live should reflect your lifestyle. These questions will help you find the best community for you. Is it close to my favorite spots? Make a list of activities you engage in and stores you visit frequently. See how...
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Home Selling Transaction Documents Vocabulary
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Property disclosure form This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state. Purchasers’ access to premises agreement This agreement...
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Worksheet: Define Your Dream Home
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Write in your preferences and rate them:   3 = Vital,   2 = Very Important,   1 = Neutral,   0 = Not important LOCATION PREFERENCES RATE Neighborhood School district Near public transportation Near airport Near expressway Near shopping Great views TYPE Single-family...
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Worksheet: Track Closing Costs of a Home Sale
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Be prepared and know who’s responsible for the variety of fees and expenses at the closing table.   BUYER COST SELLER COST OTHER Down payment       Loan origination       Points paid to receive a lower interest...
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