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  1. HUD-1 Form: What Must Be On It

    You can't close on property involving federally related mortgages without a HUD-1 form. Use these instructions for a correct ...
  2. Discounted Payoff

    The repayment of a loan in an amount that is less than the principal balance outstanding.
  3. Affordable Market Value (AMV)

    The sale price of a multi-family residential housing unit sold through the FDIC’s Affordable Housing Program.
  4. 10 Questions You Forget to Ask When Buying a House

    If you are thinking about buying a home, you are not alone. According to the New York Times, more Americans are getting home-buying ...
  5. Finding And Investing In FHA Condos

    Interested in a buying an FHA-approved condo? Read this first.
  6. 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 ...
  7. Are good faith estimates (GFEs) accurate?

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

    What are you willing to sacrifice when you buy a new home?
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 10 Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

    We'll look at ten habits that help real estate investors build a solid real estate portfolio.
  12. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

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

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ...
  17. Holding Titles On Real Property

    Find out how best to claim and convey ownership on your assets.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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. ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

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

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  25. 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. ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 7 Ways To Consolidate Debt

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

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

    The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps families with very low incomes choose their own affordable, safe and healthy housing.
  30. Six Ways To Save On Closing Costs

    The process of securing a home loan can be confusing and daunting, especially when it comes to the laundry list of fees associated ...
  31. 7 Ways To Land Your Dream Home During The Summer

    Spring has long been considered the busiest homebuying season of the year. Summer is often thought of as the exact opposite. ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. Warranty Deed

    A type of document that may be used to legally transfer property. A warranty deed states that the owner can legally transfer ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. No-Appraisal Loan

    A mortgage that does not require an appraisal of the property’s current market value.
  39. 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 ...
  40. FHA Streamline Refinance

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

    A mortgage-refinancing option offered in some states and territories by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ...
  42. Foreclosure - FCL

    A situation in which a homeowner is unable to make principal and/or interest payments on his or her mortgage, allowing the ...
  43. 5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

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

    The sharp increase in high-risk mortgages that went into default beginning in 2007, contributing to the most severe recession ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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.
  47. 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, ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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.
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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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