10 Tips: Beat today's real estate market
Whether you're buying, selling, staying put or flipping, these strategies can help you maximize your gains.
By Ellen Florian Kratz, FORTUNE writer

NEW YORK (FORTUNE Magazine) - It never pays to get caught up in group hysteria, especially when it comes to real estate.

Conditions vary from town to town, and no national statistics can give you a clear picture of what's happening in your neighborhood. So don't let headlines spook you into making a costly mistake.

Even simple steps can make a big difference in the price you buy or sell for.

The following stories offer advice that will help you make sure you're getting the best possible deal.

Plus: 7 real estate 'dead' zones...5 'danger' zones

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