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Realities of Real Estate: What short sales, foreclosures mean to market

In recent columns, we’ve expressed optimism about the outlook for real estate. We probably don’t need to worry about irrational exuberance any time soon, but 2013 is shaping up to be a year where we’ll see solid growth in terms of both prices and number of homes sold. All the important indicators are pointing north, signaling that better times are ahead.

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Realities of Real Estate: How to keep everyone happy in a home inspection

As we get into spring, a lot of homes will start to go under contract. But, getting your house under contract isn’t a guarantee that it’ll get to settlement. The inability of a buyer to secure financing can derail a purchase, but the biggest bone of contention is often the home inspection. More than just about anything, home inspections are the leading culprit in blowing a deal. At times, there are legitimate reasons for a buyer to withdraw. However, all too often, problems arise because the agents, buyers and sellers are unclear about how the process should work. Home inspectors themselves can also contribute to creating an issue by overblowing the significance of flaws discovered in a house. Consequently, here are a few tips to help you through the home inspection process.

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Steven I. Platt: After comedy, serious business

The most recent presidential election took place about 90 days ago. Seems like it has been longer than that. The Maryland General Assembly began its 90-day session less than a month ago with “big issues” on its agenda. The backdrop for both events is the continuing sharp division of both our political class and the people who elect them, both nationally and in our “Free State.”

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