Real Estate & Mortgages Articles

  1. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Atlanta Real Estate Market

    Atlanta housing prices are up from last year, but they're still lower than the national median. And there's lots of inventory so plenty of choice for buyers. Here's how to get the most for your money.
  2. What $300,000 Will Buy In The Riverside/San Bernardino Real Estate Market

    The median list price for the San Bernardino/Riverside, Calif. market is $292,800, up 24.6% from the same month last year, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014, published by Realtor.com. Here's a look at what buyers can expect to find for $300,000.
  3. Can Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Hurt Your Net Worth?

    Saving your money and making double or even triple payments on a mortgage may sound productive, but it could hurt your overall assets for the future, giving you less to utilize during retirement.
  4. What $250,000 Will Buy In The Phoenix Real Estate Market

    The number of real estate listings in the Phoenix-Mesa market has increased more than 45% since February 2013. Find out what you can get for the median list price in this eclectic housing market.
  5. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    Here's a look at what about $200,000 will get you today in various regions within Chicago's real estate market.
  6. The Pros And Cons Of Using Airbnb

    Here, we look at Airbnb - what it is, how it works, and the pros and cons of using this online rental marketplace.
  7. Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Right Now?

    Find out the benefits of fixed- and variable-rate mortgages, and learn which option is best for you.
  8. Reverse Mortgages 101

    Just because you can apply for a reverse mortgage doesn’t mean you should. Get a general idea of how these work, as well as who is poised to benefit from them in this article.
  9. Is Homeownership A Smart Investment Again?

    Homeownership remains cheaper than renting across the nation. However, these findings speak broadly to the national market, and there are several situations where it still makes more sense to rent.
  10. Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate

    The price and volume of luxury home sales is rising quickly in the U.S. and around the world. Find out what's driving this growth and what you need to know before buying a luxury property.
  11. Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    Owning a second home is a great investment for a variety of reasons, but you need to know the tax implications of multi-home ownership.
  12. How To Rent Your Home So You Can Pay Your Mortgage

    If you own your home, but temporarily can’t afford the payments, and can’t a find cheaper place to live, temporarily renting your home may be the solution for you.
  13. Home Buying Tips To Win In Fast Markets

    Take a look at some of the fastest selling markets and learn home buying tips to help you get in on the action.
  14. 10 Steps To Tax Preparation

    Follow these simple steps to get you ready for the income tax deadline of April 15.
  15. How To Find The Best Mortgage Rates In Your State

    There are plenty of things that you can do to find a rate that will not only make it easier for you to afford a mortgage, but will also be better than any other offered in your state.
  16. Forget McMansions, In-Town Homes Offer Best Values

    Aging baby boomers, Gen X-ers and plugged-in Millennials are seeking the walkable communities of yesteryear. Smaller and older homes are holding value and appreciating more rapidly than homes in far-flung suburbs.
  17. What To Know Before Buying A Foreclosure

    While foreclosures can be terrific investments, buying a foreclosure can also be a very risky expenditure, one into which no one should enter without a lot of research and intestinal fortitude.
  18. What To Expect From The Real Estate Market In 2014

    2014 holds some good news for the housing market, with gains in average home prices allowing more and more home owners to get their mortgages above water.
  19. What To Expect From REITs In 2014

    While REITs will face a number of challenges in 2014, one particular issue will be the focus of investors: rising interest rates.
  20. Why Home Ownership Is Still A Good Idea

    Owning a home is still a good decision for many people and can be an important part of a long-term financial strategy.
  21. Home Sale Contingencies: What Buyers And Sellers Need To Know

    Home sale contingencies protect buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another. Find out what buyers and sellers need to know about these contractual conditions.
  22. Buying A House Sight Unseen: Good Deal Or Bad Mistake?

    There are significant risks that need to be acknowledged before buying a home without viewing it in person.
  23. Contingency Clauses In Home Purchase Contracts

    Here, we introduce widely used contingency clauses in home purchase contracts and how they can benefit both Buyers and Sellers.
  24. Is Foreclosure Ever a Good Idea?

    Foreclosing on a home has major ramifications that can last for years, but for some, foreclosure may seem like the only option.
  25. DIY! How To Sell Your House Without A Broker

    Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, people are showing their enthusiasm for DIY, or do-it-yourself projects to save money -- and selling your home shouldn't be any different.
  26. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  27. How To Keep Costs Low When Refinancing Your Home

    With interest rates still being relatively low, now is a great time to capitalize on refinancing your home. Be aware of what fees are involved in a refinance, and how to keep these costs low.
  28. How To Properly Research For The Best Mortgage Rate

    You’ve probably been told to shop around for the best rate, but what exactly does that entail? Find out how to ensure you're getting the best possible rate on your mortgage.
  29. To Rent Or Buy? There's More To It Than Money

    Your lifestyle, level of commitment and the trade-offs need to be carefully weighed.
  30. To Rent Or Buy? The Financial Issues

    Thinking of buying a home? We look at the initial and ongoing costs, as well as the so-called benefits.
  31. A Lousy Investment That May Be A Good Source Of Income

    In the past few years reverse mortgages have been heavily marketed as the way to become debt, and worry, free. For some seniors a reverse mortgage makes sense, for other though this dream product can quickly become a nightmare.
  32. Helping Clients Navigate Short Sales And Foreclosures

    Both buyers and sellers can benefit from a real estate professional experienced in dealing with short sales and foreclosures.
  33. A Day In The Life Of A Real Estate Agent

    While every day is unique for a real estate agent, there are some activities that may be a typical part of an agent's day.
  34. Real Estate Investing: Is Now the Time to Take Advantage of the Current Buyer’s Market?

    Even though Dennis Miller spent well over three decades writing books and teaching the subject of negotiations, some of the best lessons he learned on the subject came from luck.
  35. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  36. Investing In Property Tax Liens

    Property tax liens can be a viable investment alternative for experienced investors that are familiar with the real estate market.
  37. Is Real Estate Ever A Wise Investment For Retirees?

    Being a landlord sounds like the path to riches: you buy some property, rent it out and watch the checks come in every month. The reality is that it’s a young man’s game. There’s just too much hassle, full time commitment, and risk associated with rental properties to be worthwhile for most retirees.
  38. Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

    This index is a widely-used and respected barometer of the U.S. housing market and the broader economy.
  39. The Smith Maneuver: A Canadian Mortgage Tax-Deductible Plan

    Canadian mortgages aren’t tax-deductible like the U.S.-based mortgages, but there's a way around this hurdle.
  40. 6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't

    Not everyone wants to spend their weekends shaping backyard topiaries. Even though you may enjoy the improvements you make to your house, it doesn't mean that they'll increase its value.
  41. 6 Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

    Find out what you can do to stand out from the competition and make your home an easy sell.
  42. Tips For Working As A Real Estate Agent

    Here are a few ideas that will help you advance your career as a successful real estate agent.
  43. Investing In REITs Instead Of Property

    Learn why this one particular REIT is a better investment than holding physical property in your retirement portfolio.
  44. 5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Return

    This year, find out how to stretch your tax refund further to strengthen your future.
  45. There Are New REITs On The Horizon

    For investors, the surge in new REIT activity is providing some pretty interesting dividend opportunities.
  46. The Riskiest Investment Moves for Retirement That Could Pay Off

    Before incurring additional risks in your retirement portfolio, be sure to understand the alternatives and the consequences of your strategy.
  47. Is Relying On Home Equity For Retirement A Good Idea?

    Of Americans aged 50 to 70, 47% have reported that they are relying on home equity to fund their retirements.
  48. Common Liabilities That Hurt Your Net Worth

    Every penny that you keep out of the liability side of the net worth equation essentially ends up on the asset side.
  49. The Dangers Of A Reverse Mortgage

    In many circumstances, a reverse mortgage can be a risk to your financial security. Here are six dangers you should consider before signing on the bottom line.
  50. Automatic Cancellation Of PMI When You're Underwater On Your Mortgage

    You might be suprised to learn that after reaching certain criteria, your PMI will be automatically cancelled.
  51. What Homeowners Need To Know About Zombie Titles

    Understanding how the foreclosure process normally works - and how it dysfunctions in today’s market - will help you avoid becoming a victim.
  52. Homeowners Still Not Getting Money From $25-Billion Mortgage Settlement

    Was the recent mortgage settlement really worth it for homeowners, or are they still getting the short end of the stick?
  53. Are Distressed Homes Worth Buying?

    Here's a look at whether it is a good idea to buy a rundown home to repair for profit.
  54. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Mortgage Broker

    Mortgage brokers may be able to find you the loan of your dreams, but you should consider the potential downsides before hiring one.
  55. Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying

    Owning a home is much more expensive than renting. Here are the places where the costs differ greatly.
  56. In Retirement, Snowbirds Leave Cold Weather Behind

    Rather than shivering away their golden years, retirees can fly south to winter in sunny locales.
  57. Add Some Real Estate To Your Portfolio

    From REITs to owning your own home, find out how diversify your portfolio with real estate assets.
  58. How Lender Overlays Prevent Mortgages

    Loan applications are increasingly being rejected because of lender overlays.
  59. A Guide To Real Estate Derivatives

    These instruments provide exposure to the real estate market without having to buy and sell property.
  60. Will Your Home Sale Leave You With Tax Shock?

    Learn how the newest tax laws apply to the proceeds you earn.
  61. 6 Ways To Make Your Home More Enticing To Buyers

    The real estate market is on the recovery, and there are ways you can ensure your home sells faster and for the price you want.
  62. 4 Most Expensive Homes In America

    These luxurious homes are exclusively for the one percenters. Each property sold for huge sums and features extravagant renovations.
  63. 3 Of The Most Lucrative Land Deals In History

    Some modern real estate purchases may seem overly expensive, but they are nowhere close to the priciest land deals in history.
  64. 6 Wealthy People Who Owned Private Islands

    Larry Ellison and Richard Branson are just two of the people who bought their own private islands.
  65. Retirement Living: Renting Vs. Home Ownership

    Here are three simple questions you should consider when weighing this decision.
  66. What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

    Home appraisals are an unbiased way to determine a home's value. Here is what you need to know about obtaining one.
  67. Why You May Want To Think Twice About Renting Out Your Home

    Short-term renting is not for everyone. Significant risks to opening up your home to strangers may outweigh the inflow of cash.
  68. A Tax Primer For Homeowners

    Go beyond interest and find out how mortgage points affect your taxable income.
  69. 5 Things That'll Ruin Your Chances Of Selling Your Home

    Failing to properly promote your house when it is on the market can wreck your chances of selling quickly and for the price you want.
  70. 6 Ways To Get Your Full Security Deposit Back

    When renting an apartment, a security or damage deposit is almost always required. Here are some tips to help you avoid unforeseen circumstances and get your money back in its entirety when you move out.
  71. Mortgage Points: What's The Point?

    Learn how to pay less for your home in the long run, or save in the short run.
  72. Moving Back Home: A Win-Win Situation

    When a young adult moves back home it can be beneficial for their finances and their parents'.
  73. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up the shortfall.
  74. Re-Amortizing Or Refinancing Your Home

    Re-amortization is a lesser known alternative to refinancing when it comes to dealing with your mortgage.
  75. Should You Join A Sorority Or Fraternity?

    Consider the many expenses and possible advantages associated with Greek life before joining a sorority or fraternity.
  76. 5 Ways To Take Advantage Of Europe's Situation

    With the euro underperforming, now is a great time to travel, buy a home or go to school in Europe.
  77. Going To College Without Going Broke

    Learn some simple, yet effective tips for saving money in your college years.
  78. Moving Up: Dream House Or Money Pit?

    If you are upgrading your home, here are some things you'll need to know so you don't spend more money than you need to.
  79. Why People Are Having Difficulty Making Mortgage Payments

    Many Americans are having a tough time paying their mortgages. Here are some reasons why some homeowners fared better than others during the housing crisis.
  80. Got A Good Mortgage Rate? Lock It Up!

    Rising rates mean rising profits for lenders, providing incentive to increase rates whenever possible.
  81. 3 Scenarios Where Downsizing Your Home Is Smart

    Downsizing your home can be a great step towards less financial stress, and leave you more time for family and travel
  82. Tax Rules For Renting Out Your Vacation Home

    Here's a rundown of the specific tax rules that apply to homeowners renting out a vacation property.
  83. How Much Money Do You Need To Invest In Real Estate?

    Here's a rundown of how much investors need to get started in real estate investing.
  84. 5 Steps To Qualify For A Mortgage If You're Self-Employed

    Qualifying for a mortgage is a little more complicated for borrowers who are self-employed.
  85. What Are Mortgage Lenders Allowed To Ask Borrowers?

    Seemingly intrusive or irrelevant questions are actually legal for lenders to ask of mortgage applicants.
  86. A Broker's Open House Can Help You Sell Your Home

    This special type of open house can provide targeted marketing and yield expert advice.
  87. Best Places In The U.S. To Buy A Summer Home

    Here are the best spots in America to buy a summer home, based on price, exclusivity and other enticing features.
  88. The Risks Of Real Estate Sector Funds

    Discover the risks and rewards of investing in real estate funds, as well as some of the best and worst performers.
  89. How To Find The Perfect Apartment

    Here are some useful tips to help you find an apartment that's affordable and livable.
  90. The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Joint Tenancy

    This arrangement allows beneficiaries to access your account without having to go to court.
  91. Understanding Your Mortgage

    We walk through the steps needed to secure the best loan to finance the purchase of your home.
  92. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  93. Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  94. Real Estate Speculation In College Towns

    Is this an investing option you should consider? Find out here.
  95. 7 Steps To A Hot Commercial Real Estate Deal

    For savvy real estate investors, times of lower prices reveal investment opportunity.
  96. A Career In Real Estate Portfolio Management

    Find out why this job more closely resembles the role of a CEO than an asset manager.
  97. Tips For Getting A Permanent Visa

    Many countries can help you establish a path towards residency. Before you move, read this article first.
  98. Canada: A New Frontier For Real Estate Investors

    This property market is easy to access and provides profitable opportunities.
  99. Making Money In Residential Real Estate

    Even in a down market, local real estate properties have inefficiencies that investors can exploit.
  100. How To Buy Your Own Private Island

    We look at some people who own private islands, and give you tips for making a massive purchase like this.
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