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  1. 3 Things To Get In Order Before You Die

    In the aftermath of the Jackson death, it has become evident that you need to make your wishes known.
  2. Tips For Renting A Vacation House

    Follow these nine steps to get a picture-perfect summer shack at a great price.
  3. Obtaining Credit In A Bad Economy

    Recessions can put the brakes on lending. Learn how to get the loan you need during tough economic times.
  4. Battling Foreclosure: The HOPE NOW Alliance Strategy

    Hope Now was formed to help prevent foreclosures. Are the organization's strengths enough to overpower its weaknesses?
  5. Garbage Fees

    Unnecessary fees tacked onto mortgage closing costs by lenders to pad the lender's profit. Garbage fees may have names such ...
  6. The Economics Of Gardening: Can You Dig It?

    Since Michelle Obama broke ground on a garden at the White House, interest in growing our own food has soared.
  7. The Bright Side Of The Credit Crisis

    Find out how this tough economic period can be a learning experience for all.
  8. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks. ...
  9. Protect Yourself From HELOC Fraud

    Identity thieves are using home equity lines of credit to commit their crimes.
  10. Non-REO Foreclosure

    A real estate property that has been foreclosed successfully. A non-REO (real estate owned) foreclosure has a purchaser that ...
  11. Paring Down Moving Costs

    Unexpected costs can add to the stress of relocation. Plan ahead and anticipate what may pop up.
  12. Collateralized Debt Obligations: From Boon To Burden

    CDOs were to be Wall Street's boon - instead they went bust. Find out what went wrong.
  13. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  14. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  15. McMansion: A Closer Look At The Big House Trend

    The average home size is now 2,500 square feet - how big should you go?
  16. How Will The Subprime Mess Impact You?

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  17. REX Agreements Climb As House Prices Decline

    These purchase options let you hedge against a decline in your home's value without having to sell the house.
  18. Analyzing A REX Agreement

    These contracts can be an effective way for homeowners to hedge against declining house prices.
  19. 10 Reasons Why Moving Might Not Make You Richer

    Find out why moving to a less expensive city may not reduce your expenses.
  20. How does a credit crunch occur?

    A credit crunch occurs when there is a lack of funds available in the credit market, making it difficult for borrowers to ...
  21. How does the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 affect first-time home buyers?

    The passage of the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 at the end of July 2008 made about $15 ...
  22. 7 Tips On Buying A Home In A Down Market

    Follow these seven tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  23. Mortgage Basics: A Tutorial

    Learn how to navigate what may be your biggest and most important loan.
  24. First-Time Home Buyer

    An individual who is purchasing a principal residence for the first time. First-time home buyers are more commonly recognized ...
  25. Main Home

    A term used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to define the home a taxpayer has lived in most of the time during a given ...
  26. Open Listing

    A property listing that uses multiple real estate agents in order to sell it and get it off the market. With an open listing, ...
  27. Realtor

    A real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, a professional association. Realtors ...
  28. Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits - REMIC

    A complex pool of mortgage securities created for the purpose of acquiring collateral. This base is then divided into varying ...
  29. Principal Residence

    The primary location that a person inhabits. It doesn't matter whether it is a house, apartment, trailer or boat, as long ...
  30. Distressed Sale

    When property, stocks or other assets are sold in an urgent manner, often at a loss. Distressed sales often occur at a loss ...
  31. Stripper

    Slang for an individual homeowner who strips the equity out of his or her home through mortgage refinancing. The proceeds ...
  32. Home Modification

    Alterations made to a home to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so they can live independently (to some ...
  33. Negative Equity

    When the value of an asset falls below the outstanding balance on the loan used to purchase that asset. Negative equity is ...
  34. Home Equity

    The value of ownership built up in a home or property that represents the current market value of the house less any remaining ...
  35. Home Equity Line Of Credit - HELOC

    A line of credit extended to a homeowner that uses the borrower's home as collateral. Once a maximum loan balance is established, ...
  36. Interest-Only ARM

    An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with an initial interest-only payment period. During the interest-only period, only the ...
  37. Cash-Out Refinance

    A mortgage refinancing transaction in which the new mortgage amount is greater than the existing mortgage amount, plus loan ...
  38. Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure

    A potential option taken by a mortgagor (a borrower) to avoid foreclosure under which the mortgagor deeds the collateral ...
  39. Hard Money Loan

    A loan of "last resort" or a short-term bridge loan. Hard money loans are backed by the value of the property, not by the ...
  40. Judicial Foreclosure

    Foreclosure proceedings in which a mortgage lacks the power of sale clause. In such an instance, many states require the ...
  41. Serious Delinquency

    When a single-family mortgage is 90 days (or more) past due and the bank considers the mortgage in danger of default. Once ...
  42. Short Refinance

    The refinancing of a mortgage by a lender for a borrower currently in default on his or her payments. This is done to avoid ...
  43. REX Agreement

    An alternative to a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and refinancing that allows homeowners to access the equity in their ...
  44. For Sale By Owner - FSBO

    A method of selling property without the use of an agent or broker. Generally, the reason that the seller does not use the ...
  45. Shared Equity Finance Agreements

    When two parties purchase a primary residence because one party is unable to purchase the residence on its own. In a shared ...
  46. Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008

    A housing act that is designed to help families keep homes that are facing foreclosure and stabilize the overall housing ...
  47. Restrictive Covenant

    Any type of agreement that requires the buyer to either take or abstain from a specific action. In real estate transactions, ...
  48. Reverse Exchange

    A type of property exchange wherein the replacement property is acquired first, and then the current property is traded away. ...
  49. Seller-Financed Sale

    A transaction where the seller also acts as the lender to the buyer. Seller-financed sales thereby eliminate third-party ...
  50. Seller-Paid Points

    Any points paid by the seller of a home for the buyer. Seller-paid points are always deducted by the purchaser of the home. ...
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    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
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