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What Does an Appraiser Do? What Does an Appraiser Do?

By Chris Piraino

A home appraiser is a person who looks over your house and decides how much it and the property is worth through a series of examinations and by looking at the surrounding neighborhood. Appraisers are usually certified or licensed by the state that they work in, and usually work for a lender. An appraiser can be called to appraise a house for a number of reasons, including obtaining a loan, contest property taxes, buying a house, and to settle an estate.

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5 Tips on Picking a Good School District 5 Tips on Picking a Good School District

By Chris Piraino

Moving takes on a whole different aspect when it involves kids. Not just for the stress that the move will put on kids, but also because with kids comes the need for good schooling. Now it is not just the price of the house that matters, but also where the house is situated within the school district. Here are five different tips that will be helpful on the search for the best school district for your kids:

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How Foreclosure Works How Foreclosure Works

By Chris Piraino

Foreclosures have become a hot topic among Americans since the crash of the housing bubble and the subsequent flood of foreclosures. However, while most people understand the fact that foreclosure means they are probably going to lose their house, they are not aware of the entire process that foreclosure entails and any alternatives or defenses that they might be entitled to.

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Selling a House on the Internet Selling a House on the Internet

By Chris Piraino

Over the past decade, the internet has come to dominate many aspects of our lives, and buying or selling a house is no exception to that. Both buyers and sellers are increasingly turning to the internet to either find a house to buy or to market their house for sale.

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Getting Along with Your Landlord Getting Along with Your Landlord

By Chris Piraino

Always a major issue when renting an apartment or house, maintaining a good relationship with your landlord is essential for a trouble-free lease. Anyone who has ever had a bad relationship with their landlord can tell you that it makes everything more difficult and just plain frustrating. In the hopes of making your rental period go smoother, here are a few tips for getting along with your landlord.

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How to Find a Real Estate Lawyer How to Find a Real Estate Lawyer

By Chris Piraino

A real estate lawyer can be very useful when purchasing a home, especially for first-time homebuyers or for people without a real estate agent. A lawyer can help answer any questions that you might have, they can negotiate the deal for you, and they can take care of any legal details that you are not aware of. Having a good real estate lawyer can make a lot of difference in terms of how fast and pain-free your home-buying experience is.

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When to Refinance Your Mortgage When to Refinance Your Mortgage

By Chris Piraino

Refinancing your mortgage can be a very good decision if done right and for the right reasons. For anyone who doesn't know, refinancing a mortgage involves paying off your old mortgage loan with a new, and better, mortgage loan. You can also package other loans and debts that you have into your refinancing. However, refinancing does come at an upfront cost, typically called the closing cost, which can vary in amount depending on the specific situation and requirements that the lender has.

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Choosing a Good Contractor Choosing a Good Contractor

By Chris Piraino

When making additions to your house, choosing a good contractor will save you a lot of time, energy, and money. For someone that has never done any building before, trying to choose between all of the different businesses can be very confusing. However, it actually is very easy to at least narrow down the range of choices that you have.

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Renting to Own: How It Works Renting to Own: How It Works

By Chris Piraino

Renting to own is an interesting concept in real estate. Usually done by sellers who are having trouble selling their house, renting to own comes with its own benefits and disadvantages to both sellers and buyers. The process is fairly similar to a car lease, the buyer and seller enter into a contract stating the rent-to-own agreement, and agreeing on a rental price, time period, and purchase price of the house.

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MassRealty's Youtube Channel MassRealty's Youtube Channel

By Chris Piraino

A collection of videos about a number of different topics for quick and easy access by our users.

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Saving Money on Heating Saving Money on Heating

By Chris Piraino

When winter rolls around, a big question on everyone's mind is how to save on the expensive heating bills that are generated. There are a number of different methods to reducing your heating bill, some which are very easy to do and others that take a little bit of effort or money. Putting even just a few of these ideas to use can save a household around 20% on their heating bill, and potentially even more.

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Moving Horror Stories Moving Horror Stories

By Chris Piraino

Everyone has a story about their moving experience, either good or bad. Moving is a big event, and any number of things can go wrong to mess up the...

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Chris Piraino is a Staff Writer at Mass Realty.