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Services like Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service assign grades to the debt issued by municipalities, which you can check out at their web sites. A grade of AAA is the best. Junk status of B or lower means you may ﬁnd yourself facing higher taxes. Three-Headed Rabbits Bill Studenc was just about to break ground on his dream house in Waynesville, North Carolina, several years ago, when the local government let ﬂy some devastating news at a public meeting. qxp 2/7/03 12:42 PM Page 45 Researching the Market 45 well serving a house in the same subdivision had just tested positive for arsenic and lead.
Neighbors angered by changes in their neighborhoods’ aesthetics sometimes seek regulatory changes to prevent the conversions. When SmartMoney ﬁrst wrote about the phenomenon in 1999, we focused on a small suburb of Chicago called Hinsdale, Illinois. qxp 2/7/03 12:42 PM Page 43 Researching the Market 43 some 15 percent of the housing stock was being torn down and rebuilt—considerably more than the trend nationally. ) If you’re unwittingly buying into such an area with no plans to upgrade, you may ﬁnd yourself in the middle of a war zone.
No. 5: An open house may not be the best way to market your home. Hire a real estate broker to sell your home, and one of the ﬁrst things he’ll likely suggest is hosting an open house so potential buyers and brokers can casually check out your property on some weekend afternoon. While it’s promoted as a great way of ﬁnding a buyer, a National Association of Realtors study found that the success rate for open houses is a mere 2 percent. No matter. The open house serves another important purpose— for the broker, according to Sean McNeill, an independent real estate broker based in New York City who spoke with SmartMoney magazine about the topic.