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home is your haven, your comfort zone, the place you create memories, and almost certainly your most significant investment. And if you live in a hot real estate market where there are more buyers than sellers, your investment could pay off massive dividends. For proof, look no further than the current median list price for homes across America, which rose 25% in January compared with last year.

So if you bought a home two years ago for $400,000, in certain markets you could sell your home today for $500,000. Um, wow.