home gallery01aWe all make careless mistakes. We accidentally undertip the waiter. We lock our keys in the car. We wear white after Labor Day. We press "send all." It happens to the best of us. But some little mistakes can create big problems, like when you're buying a home. A house, after all, is a huge purchase; the stakes are extremely high. With that kind of money on the line, you'd better be darn sure you can navigate the home-buying process without a hitch. And avoid self-sabotage!

Read more: Six Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

Happy Family after MovePricing your own home is hard, what with all the history and hopes this magic number entails. Of course, you want to make a profit. Of course, all that money you spent installing a swimming pool or a half-bath will be recouped, because you're leaving your digs in better shape than when you bought it, right? Right?

Well, not necessarily. Too many home sellers fall prey to myths about home pricing that seem to make sense at first, but don't jibe with the reality of real estate markets today. To make sure you haven't bought into any of this malarkey—since the buyers you're trying to woo sure haven't—here are some common pricing myths you'll want to rinse from your brain so you kick off your home-selling venture with realistic expectations. It's time to get real, folks!

Read more: 6 Home Pricing Myths To Let Go Of


You know you need to get your ducks in a row before looking at homes, but does that include securing a pre-approval letter? The truth is, getting pre-approved can actually improve your chances of falling into the sellers' good graces, so you want to get it done as soon as possible in the home-buying process. So how organized do your financials need to be before you start looking? Let's take a look, starting with clarifying what a pre-approval letter actually is.

Read more: Do You Need a Pre-Approval Letter to Tour a Home?


That pizza place down the street could make or break your home sale. The best real estate agents know how to use your favorite restaurants as evidence of a great neighborhood when they market your home to buyers—helping you get a faster sale and a better price. How do I use the trendy diner down the street to sell your house?

1. restaurants Are a big part of the community

Read more: Restaurants Help Sell Homes?


Going the "For Sale by Owner" route is a tempting alternative to hiring a real estate agent to sell your home. After all, listing agents charge a commission for their work that can eat into your own profits. So why not try to save money by selling your home yourself? Here's why: There are some major risks with going FSBO, from a lower sales price to landing in legal hot water. So before you pursue this DIY route, here's a warning of some of the bad things you might encounter when you attempt a FSBO arrangement.

Read more: 4 Scary Scenarios 'For Sale by Owner' Home Sellers Face


The Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Development Academy, billed as the nation’s leading soccer program for elite youth soccer players, announced that it will host its signature summer event in the San Diego region beginning in 2018, as part of a multiyear agreement with venue operators. Officials said the three-year agreement, with the option for more years to be added later, involves U.S. Soccer, the city of San Diego, the San Diego Sports Alliance, the San Diego Tourism Marketing District, and venue operator Surf Cup Sports. The agreement calls for the marketing district to provide a $500,000 grant toward event costs, similar to arrangements made for other sports-related events in the region.

Read more: S.D. Multiyear Host of Summer Playoff Events

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