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by Diane Benson Harrington
Delve beyond the obvious. â€œBuyers tend to be romanced by pretty and clean, but youâ€™re not buying pretty and clean,â€ says Alison Rogers, real estate agent at DG Neary Realty in New York City and author of Diary of a Real Estate Rookie. If youâ€™ll need more phone and cable jacks or updated wiring for your home office, know that they can add hundreds of dollars to your move-in costs. â€œIf you buy a house thatâ€™s very pretty but has entirely old windows, you may have to replace 30 windows at $200 a window or more,â€ Rogers adds.
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from BobVila.com, April 2008