Zoning Change Upsets Neighbors

Reader Question: Our neighbor petitioned for a zoning change on property he has owned for many years. Our city has grown out past our homes. His story is that a developer approached him claiming the town wants a small strip center and a convenience store. The city says area residents are complaining they have to…
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Five Reasons Your Home Can Be Tough To Evaluate

  Reader Question: We plan on selling our home in the spring. When appraisers or real estate agents make adjustments between features in our house and the comparable homes features, we understand that these feature adjustments are subjective. The modifications are made to the comparables to make individual features similar between our house and each…
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Avoiding Emotional Relocation Turmoil

  Reader Question: A job-related move to a new community is in our near future. We have friends that made such a move, and with some bad advice they ended up in a marginal neighborhood. What can we do to prevent a similar mistake? Monty’s Answer: There are hundreds of thousands of company relocations annually…
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Should We Have A 20% Down Payment And A 15-Year Mortgage?

Reader Question: Choosing a fifteen-year loan as opposed to a 30-year term is advice we often see from financial experts or mortgage lenders. We also find information about a home buyer saving until they can make a twenty percent down payment when they buy a home. The experts that proffer this advice confuse us, as…
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Ten Kinds Of Real Estate Agents

Reader Question: We are downsizing and considering different lifestyles once we sell our home. We do not recall the different kinds of real estate agents in the market today. Is it just us, or are there more kinds of agents? Monty’s Answer: There are more real estate agents with a specialized practice today than there…
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