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For Buyers and Sellers, a Great Pet Divide

Pets and real estate have a love/hate/love relationship—a strong one. For prospective Grand Forks area buyers and renters who own pets, a home’s suitability can be a make-or-break element in their decision. But how the home sellers handle their own pet wrangling is another matter entirely. The statistics give us ...

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Your Credit Score: It’s No Longer a Hush-Hush Affair

If you’re a typical Grand Forks area consumer, like most North Dakota residents, it wasn’t too long ago that you were being constantly bombarded by offers to let you in on a secret: your credit score. The “free credit score” ads got a lot of responses, but lately, they’ve grown ...

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Selling Your Home: Beyond Marketing

Selling your home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the MLS lists for every property—is only the beginning. The number of bedrooms, square footage, lot size—even the architectural style—all help buyers eliminate offerings that won’t satisfy their housing requirements. These are quantitative marketing specifics that qualify ...

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Housing Affordability Underlies Market Health

Every now and again Forbes magazine assembles what it calls its “top financial brain power” to comment on a topic of interest. Late last week, the topic was real estate—more specifically, the answer to the question, “Is the Real Estate Market Still Healthy?” Speaking for our Grand Forks real estate ...

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