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  1. Top 4 Things That Determine a Home’s Value

    A physical structure depreciates over time, but the land underneath it appreciates.
  2. An Introduction to Buying a Condominium

    Think of a condominium as an apartment you own.
  3. Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

    There are three stages to buying a house.
  4. What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

    The home appraisal is a key part of any loan-closing checklist. It’s an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s value.
  5. Five Things To Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    General warranty deeds provide the buyer with the most protection; quitclaim deeds provide the least.
  6. How To Afford A Second Home

    Buying a second home, even if it’s relatively affordable, takes careful budgeting and planning. Here's how to do it.
  7. Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    The tax rules on a second home vary, depending on how the property is used.
  8. What You Should Know About Home Sale Contingencies

    A home sale contingency protects buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another.
  9. 7 Things To Know About FHA Home Loans

    Federally qualified lenders issue FHA loans, and the Federal Housing Administration insures them.
  10. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    A good real estate agent can guide you through every step of buying or selling a home. These questions can help you find ...
  11. Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Leverage is the use of financial instruments or borrowed capital to increase an investment’s potential return.
  12. Credits For First-Time Homebuyers

    Tax credits, grants, and other options can help first-time homebuyers afford their purchase. They just need to know where ...
  13. Should You Buy a Home With Cash Or a Mortgage?

    The obvious problems with carrying debt compel many to consider buying a home with cash instead of taking on a mortgage. ...
  14. Is Relying On Home Equity For Retirement Smart?

    Nearly half of Americans between 50- and 70-years-old have said they will rely on home equity to fund their retirement. Is ...
  15. Going Solar: Which States Are the Most Generous?

    Investing in solar for your home can make good financial sense if you live in a state that’s friendly to this renewable energy.
  16. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  17. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    While a mortgage’s size and term set the baseline, the interest, taxes and insurance all influence the amount of the monthly ...
  18. The Home Appraisal: Key To A Successful Refinance

    An appraisal is a professional’s assessment of a home’s value that ensures banks don’t lend more money than a property is ...
  19. Ins And Outs Of Seller-Financed Real Estate Deals

    Seller financing works like this: Instead of a buyer receiving a loan from a bank, the person selling the house lends the ...
  20. 7 Must-Have Real Estate Contract Conditions

    Buying a home can bury you in paperwork. But it’s worth your time to make sure your contract contains these seven important ...
  21. The Pros and Cons of Buying Vs. Building a Home

    Before you decide whether to buy or build a home, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each scenario.
  22. Understanding Pre-Qualification Vs. Pre-Approval

    Contrary to popular belief, being pre-qualified for a mortgage doesn’t mean you’re pre-approved for a home loan.
  23. 9 Tips for Handling Homeowners’ Associations

    Before you buy property in a community with an HOA, there are nine things you should do.
  24. Top 10 Features Of A Profitable Rental Property

    Owning rental property is a tough business. Here are 10 things you should consider before investing in an income property.
  25. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Flipping a house means a lot more than just giving it a fresh coat of paint and a new mailbox. Here's what else you'll need. ...
  26. What to Do When You Can No Longer Afford Your Car

    Life is full of unexpected and undesired events, like layoffs or divorce. Unfortunately, these events can sometimes make ...
  27. Winter Weather Checklist

    Maybe you’ll get through the winter without dealing with a(nother) monster storm, but it’s best to be ready. Work down this ...
  28. Steps To Buying A Home

    No matter what type of property you’re eyeing, there are steps you can take to protect your investment.
  29. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

    Private mortgage insurance, or PMI, protects lenders against loss if a borrower defaults.
  30. 7 Essential Ways to Save on Moving Costs

    Because buying a house isn’t cheap, funds might be limited during your move. So, to avoid additional stress, here are seven ...
  31. Single-Family vs. Multi-Family Homes

    What's the benefit of a single-family home versus multi-family units?
  32. New Construction vs. Existing Homes

    Thinking of buying a new home? Consider the differences between new homes and existing construction.
  33. Can I Afford a House in 2016?

    Start the homebuying process in 2016 before mortgage rates increase. More sellers are expected to list their homes, resulting ...
  34. Do You Have What It Takes to Sell Your Home?

    Selling your home on your own can save you money. But you'll need market knowledge, marketing skills and the drive to successfully ...
  35. 5 Home Remodels That Increase Resale Price

    A home improvement is not just a project, it’s an investment. Remodeling Magazine recently found the renos that are yielding ...
  36. What are Balloon Payments?

    30-year mortgage borrowers will typically make equal payments over 30 years until the loan’s principal and interest have ...
  37. The 5 Fastest Appreciating Housing Markets in America

    Investors and homebuyers are watching some U.S. cities' housing markets appreciate at a rapid rate. Here are the top five ...
  38. Economics of Owning a Vacation Home

    Discover the financial factors behind owning a second home and how weighing your options can determine if a vacation home ...
  39. These Are the 5 Financial Products/Services the Ultra-Rich Care About

    Learn about the financial products and services that wealthy individuals make use of to cater to their planning and wealth ...
  40. How to Invest When You Buy Your First Home

    Homeownership isn't cheap these days thanks to the down payment and closing costs. Savers who are putting away money have ...
  41. Buying a House? 6 Other Costs You Should Factor In

    When purchasing a home, you need to factor in more than just the list price of the home. From closing costs to maintenance, ...
  42. Special Warranty Deed

    A special warranty deed is a deed in which the seller guarantees the title only against defects that occurred during his ...
  43. Buying a House Before Selling Your Own: Risks and Considerations

    Learn more about the financial risks and worst case scenarios associated with buying a home before selling your current residence.
  44. Selling Your House Before an Interest Rate Hike?

    Learn about the potential advantages and disadvantages of selling a home before or after an increase in the national interest ...
  45. 7 Absolute No-Nos When Selling a Home

    Avoid these mistakes if you’re looking to make a quick and easy home sale.
  46. How Parents Can Help Adult Children Buy a Home

    Owning a home isn't easy thanks to stringent lending standards. Thankfully, there's ways parents can help their kids buy ...
  47. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    In theory, many of the best properties are auctioned. But auctioned properties aren’t always hidden gems.
  48. Does an FHA loan require a down payment?

    Learn about Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, which have down payments as low as 3.5%, low closing costs and lower ...
  49. Do FHA loans have closing costs?

    Learn about Federal Housing Administration loans and how financial institutions that issue FHA mortgages charge borrower ...
  50. Do banks offer FHA loans?

    Learn how banks approved by the U.S. Federal Housing Administration offer FHA loans with lower down payment requirements ...
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