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07.20.21

Whether you are buying or selling a home, your real estate agent will be your partner through one of the most significant transactions of your life. Finding the right agent should involve careful planning and research, but many of us just don’t know where to start. Here are 12 questions that will help you avoid the bad actors in your search for a great real estate agent.

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06.15.21

Deciding whether to renovate your current home or buy a new house can be emotionally fraught and financially complicated. As well, there may be aspects of the "stay vs. go" equation you may not have contemplated.

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06.14.21

Purchasing a new home is a huge undertaking. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve navigated the waters before, the process can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to go it alone. A real estate agent—specifically a buyer’s agent—will help with every step of the of the homebuying process.

Read more about The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent: Do I Need One?

01.20.21

Mortgage rates are near record lows. Learn how to capitalize on these low rates to save money on your mortgage — or afford more house than you ever dreamed possible.

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12.22.20

Many potential homebuyers and investors overlook bank-owned properties, but for buyers who take the time to understand the REO process, these homes can be a significant opportunity.

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09.09.20

The answer is, no. The down payment amount can vary depending on the type of loan for which you’re applying. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to save, as well as down payment assistance programs and other funding sources for buyers. We compiled a list of alternative options for your down payment. Let’s first see what the down payment amount is for the type of loan you’re looking at.

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09.02.20

Whether it’s a yard, garage, or pool, here are five often overlooked opportunities to consider while house hunting or updating your home to sell.

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04.02.20

It’s one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make, and one that most people will only complete a few times in their entire life. It’s normal to feel intimidated and even confused by the home buying process.

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04.01.20

So, you’ve finally found your dream house. Sure, it may need a little work — okay, a lot of work — but you’re confident it will all be worth it in the end.

Read more about How to Know if That Fixer-Upper Is a Money Pit