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  1. How a HELOC Fixed-Rate Option Works

    This product is essentially a home-equity loan and home equity line of credit (HELOC) hybrid, and it has its own quirks, ...
  2. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

    Learn the unique situations in which a home buyer can take advantage of the FHA home loan program to finance an investment ...
  3. Are You Ready to Buy a House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  4. Home Equity Line of Credit: 4 Ways to Refinance

    There's more than one way to get more affordable monthly payments on your home equity line of credit through refinancing ...
  5. Do You Need A Home Inspection?

    This step is important when purchasing a property - it may save you thousands down the road.
  6. What is real estate underwriting?

    See how underwriters for major lenders scrutinize real estate loans and manage their risk, and learn the origin of the term ...
  7. What is the difference between a lien and an encumbrance?

    Understand the legal terms ''lien'' and ''encumbrance,'' and learn the significant distinction between these two essential ...
  8. Commercial Real Estate Agent: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn more about the qualifications, daily and regular responsibilities, and average yearly salaries of commercial real estate ...
  9. How do I calculate how much home equity I have?

    Find out how to calculate the home equity in your home, your home equity percentage and the loan-to-value, or LTV, based ...
  10. Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  11. Warranty Deed

    A warranty deed is a transfer of title where the grantor (seller) pledges to the grantee (buyer) that the property is owned ...
  12. A Career In Real Estate Portfolio Management

    Find out why this job more closely resembles the role of a CEO than that of an asset manager.
  13. Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than the Buy and Hold Strategy?

    Real estate investors can choose to flip a property or hold it. Find out which strategy may best for you.
  14. What is a subprime mortgage?

    A subprime mortgage is a type of loan granted to those who would not be able to qualify for conventional mortgages, usually ...
  15. What are the costs and tax consequences for transferring my house title to my child?

    Title transfers negatively affect taxes and require appropriate paperwork, and costs vary by state.
  16. Rebuilding after Disaster: Sign an 'Assignment of Benefits' Contract?

    Assignment of benefits contracts may be pushing your homeowners' insurance premiums higher.
  17. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  18. Holding Titles On Real Property

    Find out how best to claim and convey ownership on your assets.
  19. New Construction's Hidden Costs Can Burn Buyers

    Before you buy that brand-new home, read this first. There are some things you should know about.
  20. What does asset management mean in regards to real estate?

    Find out what role asset managers play in the real estate markets, how real estate portfolios are selected and why entrepreneurial ...
  21. Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Few homeowners think of their mortgages as leverage, but careful use of this asset can help them maximize their net worth. ...
  22. 10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

    These errors could wind up costing you more than the coveted key to your first home.
  23. Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  24. The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Joint Tenancy

    This arrangement allows beneficiaries to access your account without having to go to court.
  25. Housing Cooperatives: A Unique Type of Home Ownership

    Co-ops are often less expensive than apartments and provide some unique benefits and drawbacks for owners.
  26. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

    Yes, Fannie Mae does sell properties it's foreclosed on; each property is sold in "as is" condition.
  27. Condo Complications: The Issues Behind Ownership

    Being a "condo person" is just one of the issues you'll have to examine when deciding if a condominium is right for you. ...
  28. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  29. Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  30. 8 Reasons to Sell Your Home with an Agent

    Is saving the commission worth the trouble of selling your home without a real estate agent?
  31. Tips for Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  32. Top 4 Things That Determine a Home's Value

    Your house depreciates over time, while the land beneath it is likely to do the opposite.
  33. How You Make Money In Real Estate

    If you're interested in the real estate game, make sure you know what factors will affect whether you make money or not. ...
  34. Renting vs. Owning a Home: Pros and Cons

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  35. How to Calculate ROI for Real Estate Investments

    Calculating return on real estate investments can be difficult. We help you figure it out.
  36. Do real estate agents need a degree?

    Earning a degree is required by many real estate brokerages, as well as by some state's real estate boards. Getting a degree ...
  37. What do real estate attorneys do?

    Understand the role of a real estate attorney to help you decide if you would benefit from the expertise of this type of ...
  38. Rental Properties: 4 Ways to Value a Real Estate Property

    Several approaches to evaluate real estate for investment purposes.
  39. Equity Participation

    Equity participation is the ownership of shares in a company or property.
  40. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping a Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick by flipping a house, you could end up in the poorhouse. Be sure to avoid these mistakes. ...
  41. 13 Steps to Closing a Real Estate Deal

    A long list of things needs to happen before a home becomes yours. Find out what to expect.
  42. 5 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Find out how to stop chasing the market and start leading it.
  43. Investing in Property Out-of-State

    If you can't afford property close to home, consider taking the real estate plunge elsewhere in the country.
  44. How Grant Cardone Built a $350M Real Estate Empire

    Sales trainer Grant Cardone built his multimillion-dollar real estate empire without raising external capital from anyone ...
  45. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Not everyone can make money in this field. Find out what you need before you buy in.
  46. What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a Broker and a Realtor?

    Agents, brokers and realtors are often considered the same. In reality, these real estate positions have different responsibilities ...
  47. 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.
  48. The FHA's Minimum Property Standards

    If you're thinking of purchasing a home with an FHA loan, here are some standards that must be met.
  49. Top 10 Features of a Profitable Rental Property

    Looking to purchase a rental property? These are the factors that should be considered for income-producing real estate. ...
  50. 9 Things You Need to Know About Homeowners' Associations

    Restrictive rules and high fees are just some of the things to watch out for before joining a homeowners' association or ...
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