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Vera Gibbons is a financial journalist based in New York City and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with her at http://veragibbons.com/.

Stories by Vera Gibbons

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5 Questions to Ask Before Making a Lowball Offer

If you do your homework, you’ll keep your offer in the right ballpark and ultimately increase the odds of scoring your dream home at a price that doesn’t make you cringe.

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Housing by the Numbers

Are you looking to buy a house? Rent? Here are some important numbers to keep in mind as they may apply to you and your transaction.

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Avoid These Common Seller Mistakes

Now that home prices have been rising, and buyers are getting off the sidelines, you may be more inclined to list your home. Just make sure you do it the right way.

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What Home Buyers Don't Know Could Cost Them

With the housing recovery now well underway, you may be inspired to get off the fence and buy that dream home. But are you really prepared?

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What to Buy in June

June may seem like a relatively flat month for shopping (and saving), but it’s actually one of the better times to buy a number of homeowner-centric items.

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4 Real Estate Trends for Summer 2013

Are you finally off the fence and doing a little home shopping? As the market heats up and sellers regain control, here are a couple of trends to consider.

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Fatten Up Your Wallet This Summer

As you finalize your pricey summer vacation plans, you may be looking for ways to put money back in your pocket to help subsidize the costs. Here are some suggestions that you likely haven’t considered.

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Remodeling? Avoid These Costly Mistakes

While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Here are some errors to avoid.

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5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

An estimated 75 percent of taxpayers are expected to receive a tax refund this year, with the average check coming in at about $3,000, according to the IRS.

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What to Expect When Refinancing

Should you rush to refinance now? Here are a few things to consider.

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Trends in Luxury Spending

From “Made in America” to pampering, here’s what is hot in luxury spending this year.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Finances

With spring rapidly approaching and longer, lighter days ahead, you’re likely anxious to renew and refresh. Here are some projects to consider.

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What's In and What's Out — Financially — This Year?

From cash vs. credit to buying vs. renting, here are five financial trends for 2013.

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For Sale By Owner Tips

Trying to sell without an agent isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you have the time, skills and emotional wherewithal to go it alone, here are a few things to consider in the ultra-important pre-sale phase.

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December Is the Best Month to ...

December may be all about spending time with family and loved ones, eating, drinking and going to holiday parties. But it’s also a great month to make some practical moves, like these.

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