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In addition to our normal meeting on February 20th, the Rolando Community Council is hosting a blood drive from 1 PM – 7 PM. The bloodmobile we be at the United Domestic Workers building where our normal meetings are, swing by and save a life! Blood donor requirements HERE. The RCC meeting is from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Home repairs are part and parcel of home ownership, but when it comes time to sell, does a homedisclosurehave to include those repairs? It can be a conundrum. Buyers want (and deserve to have) a full picture of the house they're buying and the condition it is in. However, disclosing a previous home repair may actually turn off a potential buyer. A foundation that's had repairs for leaks several times over in recent years, for example, may signal to the buyer that they could have a major water problem on their hands. Both legal and ethical considerations come into play when you're debating whether or not to 'fess up to a previous repair. So let's dig in!

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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

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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?

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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?

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