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Tips On Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Kitchen remodels don’t come cheap. The average cost to update a 200-square-foot kitchen—including installing new flooring, semicustom wood cabinets, and standard appliances—is a whopping $62,000, according to Remodeling Magazine. Homeowners who want ...

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Where Have All The Starter Homes Gone?

Starter homes are harder to come by as builders struggle to offer more entry-level real estate options amid higher construction costs, a new study shows. Just 16 percent of new homes are selling for under $200,000, down from 44 percent in 2010, according to ...

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Top Destinations Where Renters Want to Move

Nearly two-thirds of renters—about 64 percent—say they plan to move to a different city before settling down, according to rental website So where are they leaving from and going to? Apartment List surveyed about 24,000 renters and ...

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And The Prices Keep Going Up-New Record Set

Median home prices in the second quarter eclipsed a record high set in 2016, jumping 6.2 percent year over year as the inventory crunch continues to push property values higher, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The national median price ...

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Homelessness Increases in Central Contra Costa County

While there was a 7-percent drop this year in people experiencing homelessness in Contra Costa County when an annual survey was conducted in January, there was a substantial rise in the number of homeless in Central County — with the exception of cities ...

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Protect your mortgage closing from scammers

It’s National Homeownership Month, and the FTC and the National Association of Realtors® want to remind you that scammers sometimes use emails to rob home buyers of their closing costs and personal information. Here’s how the scam works: hackers break ...

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Home Renovations That May Not Be Worth It

Home Renovations That May Not Be Worth It  Not every improvement made to a house will ultimately raise its value. Homeowners who are looking for projects that will pay back at resale would be smart to consult a local real estate professional to determine ...

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4 Common Home Buyer Slip-Ups

Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing out on a deal. Practitioners recently shared some of the more common mistakes with®, including ways to correct the situation: 1. Shopping outside their ...

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Zero-Down Loans Making a Comeback

Your buyers may soon be able to bring less to closing. They were blamed for precipitating the housing crisis years ago, but major lenders are giving no- and low-down payment loans another shot. Read more: The Big Down Payment Myth Several major lenders are ...

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