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How to Get a Better Price on Everything You Buy

Finding the perfect gift for someone is a wonderful feeling. But, for many of us, finding that gift at a great price adds a little extra fun to the experience. It has nothing to do with a lack of generosity, it’s just something we seem to have in our DNA—if we don’t get a bargain, there’s something unsatisfying about the whole thing. The holiday shopping season is a particularly stressful time for shoppers whose favorite sport is finding the best deal on absolutely everything. Of course, that kind of frustration isn’t unique to the holidays or gift-giving; there are plenty of times, all year long, when you have neither the time nor the inclination to wait for a sale. You need the best price on something NOW. While the ideal situation is having time to shop, there are ways of making sure you’re getting a great price, even if the…

5 Top Reasons for Buying a House in Fall

Everyone knows the three main rules of buying a house in fall – location, location, location. Add to that a newer mantra of timing, timing, timing and you may have the perfect equation to get the best deal on the best home in your price range. Increasingly, fall is emerging as the best time to buy a house. A real estate data firm analyzed more than 32 million home sales since 2000 and found buyers get the very best price in October. The average sales price among those closings is 2.6 percent below the average full market value of the home. Among 109 metro areas studied in the survey, September, October or November emerged as the best time of the year for home buyers in about one-third of the areas studied.   Here are prime reasons fall is a rising star in home buying. Reduced competition Long considered off-season for…

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