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October 10, 2016
  By MARSHA STOWELL The wildfires that have earned a seemingly permanent spot on news broadcasts have some homeowners wondering how the fire threat applies closer to their home. That's understandable, but fire isn't the biggest threat. Neither are storms.  The biggest threat is less dramatic. It’s silent and hard to spot. The upside is homeowners can mitigate it and shut it down.  According to the National Pest Management...
October 10, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL Home owners getting ready to put their homes on the market face some big decisions. There are a couple of critical pricing decisions that will make the process as smooth as possible or ensure a lot of Maalox moments. It's a pretty safe bet that you've heard some talk about a local "inventory problem." There is an issue, but it doesn't mean there's a shortage of homes in the Northeast Tennessee Market. While...
October 10, 2016
 By MARSH STOWELL A marketing concern for many local sellers is how to put fresh appeal on an older home. It's a concern because most homes in the Tri-Cities have some age on them.  In fact, according to Realtor Property Resource, nearly half of the homes sold during the past six months were 40 to 50 years old. Many were in the 60-to-70 years-old range. Before you think about firing off an angry email, let me emphasize that...
October 10, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL You don't have to look far to find stories about rapidly increasing home prices. The most common example is: Sales are up, inventory is down and prices are rapidly increasing. But that's not the case here in Northeast Tennessee. While it's a fact that sales have punched through the pre-recession level, the average sales price trend has lagged when compared to sales performance. There are several reasons, but...
October 10, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL Normally April is the month real estate professional are making  final preparations for the housing market's prime season. It's also the month they set aside to observe the 1968 anniversary of Fair Housing Act. But 2016 is anything but a normal year.  The market started the year with a bang and is just now showing signs of easing. You know things are busy when the February Northeast Tennessee year-to-year sales...
October 10, 2016
By MARSHA STOWELL When most people think about buying or selling a home, the last thing on their mind is how it affects their hometown's economy. I'll be the first to admit its a bit arcane idea and since there are so many other things demanding attention, it's no wonder that big picture situation is at the back of the line. Since it's out of site then it stays there most of the time. Increasing public awareness of that economic...

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