Average national home prices moved up 3.2% in year ending in August, giving some hope to a potential rebound. Hopefully this isn’t just another rebound, and it really lasts this time. Also, which home renovations get you the most ROI, and when should landlords charge a holding deposit for new lease agreements? This and more, below the fold.
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