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  1. 6 Bad Home Renovations that Don't Add Much Value

    Before you begin any home renovations, make sure they will add to the value of your home. Here are six projects to absolutely ...
  2. 9 States With the Highest Tax Burdens

    Which state you live in can mean thousands of dollars saved or lost in taxes each year. Here's a list of states to avoid ...
  3. Murabaha

    An Islamic financing structure, where an intermediary buys a property with free and clear title to it. The intermediary and ...
  4. Moratorium

    1) A period of time in which there is a suspension of a specific activity until future events warrant a removal of the suspension ...
  5. Zero-Lot-Line House

    A piece of residential real estate in which the structure comes up to or very near to the edge of the property line. Zero-lot-line ...
  6. Unsecured Loan

    A loan that is issued and supported only by the borrower's creditworthiness, rather than by a type of collateral. An unsecured ...
  7. How to Use Home Equity for an Immediate Income Play

    While it is not without risk, it is possible to use the equity in your home, especially if the mortgage is paid off, to invest ...
  8. Top 10 States to Own a Big House (Tax-Wise)

    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  9. A Guide to Buying a House in the U.S.

    A complete guide to buying a house in the U.S.
  10. The 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in California

    California has some of the priciest ZIP codes in the U.S. And these are the priciest in California.
  11. New York Mortgage Trust Trades Ex-Dividend (NYMT)

    New York Mortgage will send its dividend payment on July 25 to shareholders of record as of June 27.
  12. Is the Hong Kong Property Market in Free Fall?

    Learn why hedge fund manager Kyle Bass believes that Hong Kong property markets are headed for a crash.
  13. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Sometimes there is an alternative way to buy a home: a rent-to-own agreement, also called lease option or lease-to-own. Lease ...
  14. Wells Fargo Launches 3% Mortgage Down Payment (WFC)

    Late last month the lender unveiled a 3% down program.
  15. Closing Costs

    The expenses, over and above the price of the property that buyers and sellers normally incur to complete a real estate transaction. ...
  16. Your Property Tax Assessment: What Does It Mean?

    The amount of a property tax bill is based on the property’s value, the exemptions it qualifies for, its use and the local ...
  17. Down Payment

    A down payment is an initial cash payment on an expensive good.
  18. Zillow, Realtor, Redfin: Which Is the Best Real Estate Website? (Z, NWS)

    Compare the features and usability of the Zillow, Realtor.com and Redfin real estate websites for buying or selling a home ...
  19. Understanding Mortgage-Backed Securities

    Find out the meaning of this popular asset-backed security and its benefits for banks and investors.
  20. Save Money on Summer Bills

    From lawn care to summer fairs, expenses can skyrocket if you're not paying attention.
  21. The Top 4 Ways Boomers Can Prepare for Retirement

    Here are 4 basics for Boomers who want to get a leg up on retirement.
  22. Revolving Credit vs. Line of Credit

    Revolving credit and a line of credit are arrangements made between a lending institution and a business or individual.
  23. What Are The Differences Among A Real Estate Agent, A Broker And A Realtor?

    All three work in the real estate field, but there are differences between the job descriptions.
  24. Mortgage Deals: Mortgage Lens vs. Mortgage Coach

    Find out which of these two online mortgage planning and presentation services, Mortgage Lens or Mortgage Coach, is better ...
  25. Why Building a House Is So Expensive

    Building a house can be very costly, so it’s best to understand all the factors that go into the equation before proceeding. ...
  26. What is a subprime mortgage?

    A subprime mortgage is a type of loan granted to individuals with poor credit histories (often below 600), who, as a result ...
  27. Who Should Get an Interest-Only Mortgage?

    In the right circumstances, interest-only loans can save you money and help accomplish financial goals; in the wrong circumstances ...
  28. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Miami

    Miami-Dade County, to be precise. It's home to Miami Beach (Fisher Island), the sixth-most-expensive ZIP code in the U.S. ...
  29. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Los Angeles

    The top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in Los Angeles have median home prices ranging from about $3.1 to $5.1 million. What ...
  30. FHA Loan: Basics and Requirements

    A mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), designed for low to moderate income borrowers who are unable ...
  31. Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

    A service provided by a group of real estate brokers. They band together to create a Multiple Listing Service that allows ...
  32. What’s Happening to Rents?

    If you’re in the market for rental housing, rents are rising more slowly in major metro areas; secondary-market rents, however, ...
  33. 5 Reasons Not to Use Your Home Equity Line of Credit

    Find out why taking a loan from a home equity line of credit may be a bad idea, and why you should consider alternatives.
  34. The 3 Best Mortgage Lenders for Refinancing

    Understand the refinancing process and why it is often beneficial, and identify several lenders that offers the best refinancing ...
  35. 4 Reasons Why Renting a Home is a Wise Decision

    We've all heard that a home is a great investment, but is it really? In this article, we will look at four reasons why renting ...
  36. Rent vs. Buy: It’s Different for Expensive Property

    For multi-million dollar homes, renting often nets out as costing less than the expenses/other financials of buying a comparable ...
  37. Goldman Sachs Agrees to $5 Billion Settlement (GS)

    The Department of Justice announced Monday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) will pay $5 billion to settle state and federal ...
  38. 5 Ways to Budget Home Remodeling Costs

    A bit of preparation and research on home remodeling can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and anticipate the real costs ...
  39. Choose a Low Down Payment Program to Avoid PMI?

    When you can’t put down at least 20% on a mortgage, you usually have to have private mortgage insurance (PMI). But what about ...
  40. Dimensional Fund Advisors: Investment Manager Highlight (BA, IBM)

    Read about Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company founded on transforming academic research into practical ...
  41. Contingency Clauses In Home Purchases Contracts

    Real estate contracts often contain contingency clauses, which are conditions or actions that must be met for a contract ...
  42. 5 Ways to Create a Bidding War This Spring

    Sellers hoping to get multiple bids need more than a great location. It's going to require the right priced home and lots ...
  43. Your Property Tax Assessment: What Does It Mean?

    Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for governments, and they’re a big expense for homeowners. They can vary widely ...
  44. Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    Borrowers initially flocked to FHA loans due to their low down payments and accessibility for people with low credit scores. ...
  45. How Real Estate Agents Get Paid

    Most real estate agents are paid a percentage of the property’s selling price, which is called a commission.
  46. The Pitfalls Of Buying A Foreclosed House

    There is money to be made in foreclosures, but you should know what you’re getting yourself into.
  47. Top 4 Things That Determine a Home’s Value

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

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

    There are three stages to buying a house.
  50. 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.
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    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
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    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
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    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
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    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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