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Deciding what and where to buy

  • Options abound in vacation homes

    Options abound in vacation homes

    When it comes to vacation homes, there's something for everyone. You can own the whole thing or just a piece of it. Vacation homes are everywhere — in the mountains, in the city and from sea to shining sea. And there is evidence that after a six-year lull, sales of vacation homes are finally starting...

  • Homes near recreational amenities score big with buyers

    Homes near recreational amenities score big with buyers

    For more than 25 years, Todd Serpico has been cheering on the White Sox as a perennial season ticket holder, ever faithful that each season could be a magical one for his beloved ball club. Though 2011 didn't bring home a pennant for the Sox, it did prove to be a winning year for Serpico, who moved...

  • Room to move up or down, even in a slow housing market

    Room to move up or down, even in a slow housing market

    Can housing upsize and downsize at the same time? Absolutely. Despite the sluggish real estate market, two age groups continue to be active: Younger buyers are bent on upsizing, while older empty-nesters are keen on downsizing. A growing number of young adults are tired of cramped apartments and...

  • Home size: Choosing the right square footage

    Home size: Choosing the right square footage

    Homebuyers become more practical in choices of living space

  • College towns draw retirees

    College towns draw retirees

    Not everyone loves hitting the links. And, as relaxing as surf sounds can be, even they become commonplace after awhile. Active retirees and seniors, many blessed with longer life expectancies than their parents, want a combination of recreation, socialization and intellectual stimulation in their...

  • Cold, hard fact: North offers more to retirees

    Cold, hard fact: North offers more to retirees

    A hefty tax burden, relatively high housing prices and long, brutal winters: Welcome to Minneapolis, the best city for seniors? It's a head-scratcher, but a new study seems to suggest older Americans are looking for more than tax breaks and beaches as they decide where to hunker down for the golden...

  • What will $200,000 buy?

    What will $200,000 buy?

    Bargain-hungry homebuyers are getting more bang for their buck

  • Fishing for vacation homes

    Fishing for vacation homes

    In down market, second-home properties luring buyers

  • 9 reasons to buy new

    9 reasons to buy new

    As the mortgage crisis continues to inundate the market with distressed properties, today's house hunter has no shortage of cheap, foreclosed homes to pick through. Despite all those deals in the previously-owned home market, consumers shouldn't overlook the potential benefits of buying a new home....

  • Check out the neighborhood carefully before buying a home

    Check out the neighborhood carefully before buying a home

    Imagine that you are an eager home hunter who can't believe your luck. The newly listed property you are touring exceeds all the criteria on your wish list: It's sparkling clean with every amenity you desire. The price is right, too. But you step outside to take in the surroundings. It's pickup...

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