When Mortgage Rates Are Low, It’s Always A Good Idea To Refinance, Right? Not Necessarily.


Even when rates are low, refinancing your mortgage isn’t always the right choice. Here are some points to consider before you refinance.

Can My Landlord REALLY Do That? A Guide to Renters’ Rights

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Wait, can my landlord REALLY do that? Maybe not. All states give renters rights. If you rent an apartment, understand the basics of landlord-tenant law.

Should You Buy a “Starter Home” Or Wait?

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Should you get a starter house right now — or should you wait until you can afford your “forever house”? Here are the pros and cons of each choice.

A Home Buying Checklist: Organize Your Wants And Needs

Use our simple one-page home buying checklist to prioritize wants and needs.

Finding the right home can mean separating what you want from what you need. Here’s how to think about the difference — plus a checklist to help your house hunting.

With New Fees, Credit Requirements, FHA Loans Are More Expensive But Still Accessible

The approval requirements for FHA loans have changed some, but FHA mortgages are still a good way to get into your first house.

FHA loans still help home buyers with relaxed credit and down payment requirements, but costs have gone up dramatically. For many, the wait to qualify for a conventional loan is worth it.

Should you use an Online Mortgage Lender? The Pros and Cons of Getting a Mortgage Online


Should you use an online mortgage lender, like Quicken or Lending Tree? It can actually be a great idea — but you’ll want to know what to expect first. If you have a lot of questions, working face-to-face with a local broker can be reassuring.

Savvy House Hunting: The 3 Secrets To Finding A Home That Will Appreciate

How to buy real estate that has the best chance of appreciating.

Your house should, first and foremost, be home. But if you’re keen that your property appreciates, here are the three things to look for and three types of homes to avoid.

So, You Wanna Buy a Duplex? 5 Things to Know About Multi-family Homes

So, you want to buy a duplex? Things to know before renting out a unit in your home.

Living in a multi-family home while renting other units is a great way to build wealth, but it’s not as simple as some make it sound. Read this before you even consider buying a duplex or other multi-family unit.

What Can You Get for $1 Million or More? 5 Celebrity Listings Active Now


Go ahead, gawk at some celebrity homes for sale. It’s a guilty pleasure, but you might even learn a thing or two about the real estate market.

So, You Want to Become a Real Estate Agent? You Must Read This First


Experienced Realtor Sarah Davis answers common questions from people wanting to become a real estate agent. How do you break into the business? How much do Realtors earn? Is it practical to sell real estate part-time?