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This Month's Articles
Foreclosures Can Have an Impact on Your Home's Selling Price  
Hotline Established to Handle Mortgage Issues and Questions
Knowing How to Reduce Your Mortgage Will Pay Off in the Long Run
Adding Value to Your Home Requires Attention to Detail
To Sell or Not to Sell is a Tough Decision For Many Homeowners These Days
Tip of the Month: Following a Maintenance Schedule For Your Home is a Good Way to Save Money Now and Later
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Welcome to the January 2012 edition of “At Home with HouseHunt,” a monthly consumer newsletter produced by Each month we bring you helpful articles to assist you in the process of buying and selling real estate. We'll share how using is a perfect resource for your next real estate transaction.

Foreclosures Can Have an Impact on Your Home’s Selling Price       Λ top

If you live in a part of the country with high foreclosure rates – that would be you California, Arizona and Nevada – you have some unwanted company when it comes to trying to sell your home.

But the Southwest isn’t the only region of the country seeing foreclosures popping up in neighborhoods all over town, and forecasts are calling for foreclosure activity to increase through at least the first half of 2012. If the house for sale next door to you is a bank-owned home, but all the other homes for sale in the neighborhood aren’t, you don't have much of a problem. However, if a lot of the homes that have recently sold in your area were bank-owned or short sales, you must compete with those prices to sell your home …

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Hotline Established to Handle Mortgage Issues and Questions       Λ top

Have a gripe about the mortgage industry or your lender? Get in line. Or better yet, get on the phone or go online to chat with someone who might be able to do something about it.

A new and lightly publicized hotline has been established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to hear from people who are upset with or want to know more about their home mortgage. The system went live on Dec. 1 and the bureau reportedly hasn't said much about it because of the volatility and confusion surrounding mortgage issues. The complaint hotline is accessible online at and by toll-free phone between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern at (855) 411-2372. …

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Knowing How to Reduce Your Mortgage Will Pay Off in the Long Run       Λ top

A house is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, which means that mortgage payments will likely be your largest monthly expense as well. After you’ve settled in and gotten comfortable in your new digs, you should start digging around for ways to reduce the payments or perhaps shorten the life of the mortgage. This will take planning and discipline and shouldn’t be done if it will affect your normal monthly bills and general living expenses. But if you can handle it, here are some ideas to consider …

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Adding Value to Your Home Requires
Attention to Detail
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As that famous philosopher Mick Jagger once screeched, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

Who knew the Rolling Stones lead singer knew so much about real estate? …

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To Sell or Not to Sell is a Tough Decision
For Many Homeowners These Days
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Selling a house can be an emotional time. If you’ve lived there for a while, a lot of landmark moments likely occurred and there are probably positive memories emanating from every room. On the other hand, if you have to sell because of a financial situation, emotions on the other side of the spectrum will likely pop up …

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Following a Maintenance Schedule For Your Home is a Good Way to Save Money Now and Later

Most New Year’s resolutions are of a personal nature, but resolving to do regular maintenance and check-up work on your home is something that will pay off for you this year and for many years to come. Since we’re just beginning 2012, this seems like a good time to send out a reminder to not neglect your home this year. The following 12 tips will help you avoid costly repairs while cutting costs on your utility bills by making your home more energy efficient …

Continue Reading Find Neighborhood Information While Shopping for Your Next Home       Λ top

What makes a neighborhood unique? What makes a neighborhood an enjoyable place to live?

The people - the sense of community created by all those inhabiting a common space.

The local economics and culture - the type of businesses, workforce, recreation, and entertainment all define the dynamics & social structure of a neighborhood.

Location - the proximity to major cities or landmarks plays a role in shaping an area's living environment.

Geography & nature - the diverse climate/terrains are conducive to many different activities, living settings and community types.

At, you’ll find our demographic search feature easy to use to view neighborhood information and profiles from around the nation. If you are thinking of relocating to a new neighborhood, interested in buying or selling real estate, or are simply looking for a resource to find homes for sale, home values, local community information, real estate agents, & housing/market news, please visit!

Feel free to contact one of our local real estate agents & neighborhood specialists if you have any questions about an area or are interested in real estate & homes for sale in any neighborhood.

Try It Today! Search Homes for Sale with Radius Search       Λ top

Search houses & homes for sale by Radius. You can use the Radius Map and search real estate by distance including 5 miles, 10 miles, 15 miles, 20 miles, 25 miles, 30 miles and 50 miles from any US location.

By visiting the radius search feature at, all you have to do is enter a location such as a city, zip code, business office, school, address in the U.S., then select a city or community using the radius/distance results to see average home prices, home size to instantly view real estate listings of houses and homes for sale based on the location you entered.

It’s easy to find cities and homes for sale within a radius from your workplace, school, doctor's office, hospital, relative's home, railroad station, airport or any other place.

Try It Today! Free Home Value Check       Λ top

Find out how much your home is worth and check recent sales prices on homes in your neighborhood at

If you instantly want the most accurate sold home prices in your neighborhood, look no further than With our self-appraisal tool you can adjust your home valuation for house improvements, location/view & local market trends! You can use our maps to compare local properties, including addresses and selling prices. will also give you access to Top Listings Agents nationwide who are dedicated to get you the most money for your home when you are ready to sell. You can also receive free homeowner reports such as seasonal home maintenance checklists, home selling strategies & more.

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