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There are plenty of online tools to help you determine what your home is worth, but not all tools are created equal. Choosing the right Automated Valuation Model (AVM)—and using it in tandem with a true appraisal—is the best way to educate yourself about the value of your home.

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Do you have childhood lake house memories or dreams of beachside retirement? Not sure how you can afford to purchase a vacation home of your own? Sharing your second home with others as a vacation rental is a path that can lead to great investment returns and maybe even a few new friends. We talked to vacation property gurus to get their top tips and advice for rental owner rookies.

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Have you been inspired by one of the numerous investment property television shows? Or, have you seen friends or family find success in real estate? If so, you are probably intrigued by the prospect of investing in rental property, but figuring out how to get started can be a difficult task in and of itself. Here are some tips from real estate experts on how to evaluate whether buying a rental property is right for you.

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When it comes to purchasing a home, many borrowers focus on price, not perfection. So it’s no surprise that home improvement projects—like fixing an outdated bathroom, or adding a fresh coat of paint—are on the rise. In fact, with more people buying older houses these days, the home improvement and repair industry has grown into a booming $326 billion business.

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While many think of summer as "home improvement season," winter can offer easier scheduling, better contractor choices and stronger negotiating power. To discover which home improvement and maintenance choices to focus on in winter, we spoke with Don Vandervort, the founder and resident expert at hometips.com and who has written more than 30 books on home improvement.

Read more about Winter Improvement, Summer Enjoyment: Home Fixes for Right Now


Most new year’s resolutions include staying fit and healthy, losing weight, spending less and saving more. We spoke with Tom Kraeutler, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show to discover New Year’s resolutions you can make for 2017 that will help keep your house in great shape year-round.

Read more about 10 New Year's Renovation Resolutions for 2017