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“Your home sold or I’ll buy it”

Dear David, I want to sell my home quickly. I hear that some companies in town will buy my house if it doesn’t sell right away. Is this a good bet? –  HOPEFUL DEAR HOPEFUL: There are many agents in our area who advertise that they will buy your house if it doesn’t sell. These

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Struggling to pick a downsizing option

DEAR DAVID: my spouse and I are in our sixties and will be retiring soon. We want to sell our family home and downsize, but we’re struggling with having so many options. This will be our final move and we want to get it right. Any tips? – WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS DEAR WEIGHING:

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Why was my showing over in 2 minutes?

Dear David: We’ve been spending a lot of time getting our house ready for showings. We are disappointed when buyers book appointments, but only stay for a few minutes. In one case, we watched an agent stand on our porch and chat on his phone while his clients went through our house. How do we

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Will selling in a hot market help us retire sooner?

Dear David: With the real estate market at crazy as it is, could we sell our home now and advance our retirement by a few years? – READY TO RELAX DEAR READY: I get this question a lot these days and find skyrocketing real estate values in our area are allowing some homeowners to embrace

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Accessibility vs. Resale Value

Dear David, My husband has difficulty stepping into the bathroom tub. We are considering replacing the tub with a walk-in shower. What impact might this have on resale value if we were to sell our home? SAFETY-MINDED DEAR SAFETY: To determine the impact on property value, it would be helpful to know a little more

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“Groundhog Day” down payment tip for first-time buyers

Dear David: We’re saving for our first home and are almost there. It feels like the hardest part is getting our down payment together. Any tips? – SCRIMP & SAVE DEAR S&S: Last week was Groundhog Day. While this is typically memorable for Wiarton Willie’s weather predictions, it also marks the time for first time

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