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The market is changing, is it still a good time to buy?

Dear David, I’m a first-time homebuyer. Do the recent changes in the market make this a good time to buy? – HOUSE HUNTING DEAR HOUSE HUNTING: That’s the million-dollar question. People have been trying to time the real estate market since we first moved out of caves. It’s easy to look back and see what

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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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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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