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  1. What Are Co-signers Liable & Responsible For?

    Contractually, co-signers are just as responsible as the person actually borrowing the money.
  2. Securitize

    Securitize is the process of combining debt contracts into a new security to sell to investors.
  3. Quitclaim Deed

    A quitclaim deed releases a person's interest in a property without stating the nature of the person's interest or rights, ...
  4. Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

    Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is a special type of insurance policy, provided by private insurers, to protect a lender ...
  5. Discounted Payoff

    The discounted payoff is the repayment of a loan in an amount that is less than the principal balance outstanding.
  6. Homebuyers' Walkthrough

    Everything you need to know about purchasing a home.
  7. Home Equity

    Home equity is the calculation of a home's current market value minus any liens attached to that home.
  8. Home Equity Line Of Credit - HELOC

    A line of credit extended to a homeowner that uses the borrower's home as collateral.
  9. Real Estate Careers and Their Designations

    The real estate industry offers a wide variety of career opportunities to increase your skills.
  10. A Day In The Life Of A Real Estate Agent

    While every day is unique for a real estate agent, there are some activities that may be a typical part of an agent's day.
  11. 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, ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Do you need a home inspection?

    This step is important when purchasing a property - it may save you thousands down the road.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Commercial real estate agent: Job description and average salary

    Learn more about the qualifications, daily and regular responsibilities, and average yearly salaries of commercial real estate ...
  19. 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 (LTV) based on ...
  20. 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.
  21. Warranty Deed

    A warranty deed is a transfer of title where the grantor (seller) pledges to the grantee (buyer) that the property is owned ...
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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.
  26. Rebuilding after Disaster: Sign an 'Assignment of Benefits' Contract?

    Assignment of benefits contracts may be pushing your homeowners' insurance premiums higher.
  27. Housing deals that fall through

    Find why buyers back out, and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  28. Holding titles on real property

    Find out how best to claim and convey ownership on your assets.
  29. New construction's hidden costs can burn buyers

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

    Find out what role asset managers play in the real estate markets, how real estate portfolios are selected and why entrepreneurial ...
  31. 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. ...
  32. 10 worst first-time homebuyer mistakes

    These errors could wind up costing you more than the coveted key to your first home.
  33. Top tips for first-time home buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  34. Joint tenancy: Benefits and pitfalls

    This arrangement allows beneficiaries to access your account without having to go to court.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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. ...
  38. How interest rates affect property values

    Interest rates have profound impact on the value of income-producing real estate property. Find out how the rise and fall ...
  39. Playing hardball when selling your home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  40. 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?
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. How to 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.
  44. Renting vs. Owning a Home: Pros and Cons

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  45. How to calculate ROI for real estate investments

    Calculating return on real estate investments can be difficult. We help you figure it out.
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 4 ways to value a real estate property

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

    Equity participation is the ownership of shares in a company or property.
  50. 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 when closing a real estate deal.
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