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Do Co-Op Maintenance Fees Ever Go Down?

[credit provider=”Flickr/p0ps” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/p0ps/5972499107/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Q. How often should I expect my co-op maintenance charges to go up?  What’s a normal increase and why? Does it ever go down?  A.  Expect your maintenance charges to go up every year or two, say our experts, and expect the increases to be well above inflation.
Do Co-Op Maintenance Fees Ever Go Down?
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Five Home Renovations That Pay Back Owners In Spades

[credit provider=”Flickr / Dee Speed” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/badgurl/3412364153/in/photostream/”] Will this renovation pay off? That’s the question on the mind of every homeowner who’s thinking about undertaking a project to bolster their home’s resale value.And in today’s tight housing market, the answer to that question may even determine whether the house will sell.
Five Home Renovations That Pay Back Owners In Spades
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How To Decide If You Can Do A Home Repair Yourself

[credit provider=”Flickr / Big Grey Mare” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/biggreymare/2329414349/in/photostream/”] When we bought our home in foreclosure, it was suffering the effects of former fixes that didn’t work out so well. That’s being gracious.Electric wire was stapled to the walls, snaking up to light fixtures and receptacles, with haphazard connections when the wire […]
How To Decide If You Can Do A Home Repair Yourself
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9 Incredibly Simple Ways To Spend More Without Feeling Guilty

[credit provider=”flickr/olivia-townsend” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/olivia-townsend/4226216495/”] There is a fine line between miser and smart spender. As your accounts grow in size and decimal places, there are several key purchases that may increase your quality of life — and even save you some cash in the process!A range of experts shared advice for […]
9 Incredibly Simple Ways To Spend More Without Feeling Guilty
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These Moves Will Get Your House Off The Market Guaranteed

[credit provider=”Flickr / propertysnaps” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/propertysnaps/2067879841/”] The traditional spring-summer home-buying season has begun. The national housing market remains brutal, affected by high inventory, high foreclosure rates and a historically high level of underwater mortgages. Click here to get started > Without a doubt, it is a buyer’s market. But is there […]
These Moves Will Get Your House Off The Market Guaranteed
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10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Contractor

[credit provider=”Flickr / cobalt123″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/297909841/in/photostream/”] Dealing with contractors is as costly as it is aggravating.A friend told me a joke that says it all.
10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Contractor
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The Simple Reason You Should Always Pay Your Contractor By Credit Card

[credit provider=”Flickr via peterhess” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterhess/2542560855/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Whether you’re dealing with a friendly firefighter-turned-roofer or a professional service, the old paper methods of paying for your contractor are on their way out, according to contractor review site Angie’s List.Nearly two-thirds of contractors told the site in a March survey they accept plastic […]
The Simple Reason You Should Always Pay Your Contractor By Credit Card
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5 Times When It’s Better To Leave The Repair Projects To The Professionals

[credit provider=”Flickr / dagnyg” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dagnygromer/3495040062/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Is this the year of do-it-yourself projects? A new survey suggests it might be.According to a JPMorgan Chase poll, “people are taking steps to achieve their goals – and have fun – on their own terms this year.”
5 Times When It’s Better To Leave The Repair Projects To The Professionals