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Local Address: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Take a Spin with Frank and Take the Poll

Have you seen the "WheelEstateCam" that Arlington real estate broker Frank Borges LLosa posts on his blog and You Tube? LLosa is first-rate at this web thing, having named his brokerage FranklyRealty.com and all. A while back he fastened a web camera directly onto his steering wheel, and regularly talks real estate as he tools around town.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 24, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Funny , Selling , The market  | Tags: weekend poll  
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Searching for Homes With Price Cuts

Trulia is launching a new search filter to allow shoppers to search only for homes that have had a price reduction. You have to wonder if sellers will (or ought to) build in a price reduction right at the start of the listing. Are buyers getting too focused on the "price reduced" selling point? Are homes becoming like rug shops, with their perpetual sales and "store-closing prices?"

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 23, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Buying , Selling , The market  
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Exploit Your Surroundings

Over the weekend, I got together with some old college friends for a reunion in a vacation rental near St. Michael's, Md. It was an aesthetically talented group consisting of about a dozen architects, interior designers, architectural engineers and yours truly, whose training in design is limited to the layout of newspaper pages. Let's just say everything about the layout and construction of our rental house was thoroughly picked-apart.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Home features , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair  | Tags: Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, St. Michael's, design, makeover, remodeling, vacation home, windows  
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More Hurdles to Seeing Your Credit Scores

Just when credit scores are more important than ever--because banks are being so exquisitely picky about them--the credit-score industry is making it more difficult to get the full picture of your credit standing. And they're still doing their level best to get you to buy something--your credit reports--that federal law says you can have once a year for free.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mortgages  | Tags: Experian, FICO, TransUnion, credit, credit report, credit scores, free credit report  
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Chat Plus: What's the First Step in Buying a Home?

Question: After several years of work, I have a stable job, some substantial personal savings (not enough for 20 percent, alas), and it seems like it might be time to finally buy a first home. What's the first step?

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  April 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying  | Tags: Trulia, Zillow, first-time buyer, home, home buying, housing, mortgages, real estate  
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