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  1. Should You Invest In Fannie Mae Stock?

    If you're risk-adverse, you might want to avoid investing in Fannie Mae. But if you're up for it, high risk could translate ...
  2. Are good faith estimates (GFEs) accurate?

    Learn how federal guidelines regarding good faith estimates protect consumers under the revised 2010 version of the Real ...
  3. Top Homebuyer Tradeoffs

    What are you willing to sacrifice when you buy a new home?
  4. 5 Best Beach Towns To Buy Property In

    These locales offer vacation homeowners scenic views and plenty of amenities. The home prices can't be beat either.
  5. How Not To Get Scammed By Contractors

    Home improvement is a $200 billion a year industry. This means a lot of people get into the field that are likely less than ...
  6. 10 Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

    We'll look at ten habits that help real estate investors build a solid real estate portfolio.
  7. Fannie Mae: What It Does And How It Operates

    Chances are that you've heard of Fannie Mae. But do you know what it does and how it operates?
  8. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  9. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  10. Understanding The National Association Of Realtors

    Not every real estate agent or broker is a realtor. Here's what the difference is and why working with a member of the NAR ...
  11. Make Money Fast From The New 'Sharing Economy'

    The sharing economy has introduced a whole new way to earn a few extra dollars each month.
  12. Financing For First-Time Homebuyers

    Many people considering buying their first home can be overwhelmed by the myriad of financing options available. But by taking ...
  13. Should You Buy Banks' "Toxic" Assets?

    The Public-Private Investment Progam is part of the government's effort to fix the failing financial sector. But is it a ...
  14. 5 Real Estate Fears That Keep You From Buying

    Don't let these concerns stop you from owning your own home. Learn how to overcome common home-buying fears and feel confident ...
  15. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  16. Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  17. Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes

    Searching for a house is a pressure filled task filled with quick decisions which could affect your financial future. Here ...
  18. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  19. The Truth About Real Estate Prices

    Historical housing price data suggests ongoing increases in housing prices, but these numbers don't tell the whole truth. ...
  20. Leasing to Section 8 Tenants?

    Real estate investors and landlords: It's worthwhile to investigate the section 8 market. Learn about the pros and cons of ...
  21. 7 Ways To Consolidate Debt

    Different loan sources to use when you consolidate debt.
  22. Realtor Property Resource (RPR)

    A National Association of Realtors member benefit providing realtors with online access to comprehensive real estate market ...
  23. Housing Choice Voucher Program

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families with very low incomes choose their own affordable, safe and healthy housing.
  24. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure ...
  25. Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

    A legal and regulatory term for a secondary house or apartment with its own kitchen, living area and separate entrance that ...
  26. Warranty of Title

    A guarantee by a seller to a buyer that the seller has the right to transfer ownership and that no one else has rights to ...
  27. Warranty Deed

    A type of document that may be used to legally transfer property. A warranty deed states that the owner can legally transfer ...
  28. No-Appraisal Refinancing

    A type of mortgage for which the lender does not require an independent, professional opinion of the home's value as a condition ...
  29. Quitclaim Deed

    A deed releasing a person's interest in a property without stating the nature of the person's interest or rights, and with ...
  30. No-Appraisal Loan

    A mortgage that does not require an appraisal of the property’s current market value.
  31. Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP)

    A mortgage refinancing program offered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to homeowners who own homes that are worth less ...
  32. FHA Streamline Refinance

    A mortgage-refinancing option offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). An FHA streamline refinance requires the ...
  33. USDA Rural Refinance Pilot Program

    A mortgage-refinancing option offered in some states and territories by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ...
  34. 5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

    The lies you tell yourself can cost you plenty. Beware.
  35. Subprime Meltdown

    The sharp increase in high-risk mortgages that went into default beginning in 2007, contributing to the most severe recession ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. Comparative Market Analysis

    An examination of the prices at which similar properties in the same area recently sold. Real estate agents perform a comparative ...
  40. 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.
  41. 5 Easy Fixes For A High Summer Electric Bill

    These simple tips will help you save money this summer, so you can spend it on more exciting things than electricity.
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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.
  44. Are You Mature Enough To Buy A Home?

    Owning a home is a big responsibility. Here is a look of some basic things you will need to be able to accomplish if you ...
  45. Protect Your Personal Assets

    A family limited partnership (FLP) can go a long way toward securing your family's property.
  46. The High Cost Of Clutter

    Most of us are plagued by some form of clutter, but how much money does it cost us at home or in the workplace?
  47. 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.
  48. Asset Protection

    The concept of and strategies for guarding one's wealth. Asset protection is a type of planning intended to protect one's ...
  49. Certificate Of Title

    A state or municipal-issued document that identifies the owner or owners of personal or real property. A certificate of title ...
  50. Car Maintenance Tips That Help You Save Money

    These routine, preventative actions will help you avoid expensive auto repairs.
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  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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