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Sell Your House! How to Beat the Market, Find a Buyer, and Fetch More for Your Home

Do you need to sell your house? Then it’s time to stand tall, roll up your sleeves, and get down to business. I don’t need to tell you that real estate market isn't so hot right now, but if you’re committed to selling and are willing to go above and b … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Dramatically Lower Your Home Energy Costs All Year Long

Utility bills? Ugh. If you own a home or rent and pay your own utilities, you know it’s no fun shelling out money for these bills every month. Essential? Yes. Fun? Certainly not. Here are a few small adjustments you can make throughout your home t … [Read more...]

The Real Truth About Loan Modifications

Loan modification is a hot topic these days. Millions of home owners are currently struggling to make their mortgage payments, and many owe more than their homes are worth. If you find yourself in this situation, your options aren't great. … [Read more...]

House-Hunting Secrets: Three Ways to Make the Most of Open Houses

Home buyers, listen up: If you’re savvy, you can get more out of open houses than free cookies. Realtors use open houses to find buyers, but clever buyers can use open houses to scout properties quickly, shop for a Realtor, and get the skinny on c … [Read more...]

What Happens at a Closing?

You found the perfect home and, after a few negotiations, the seller accepted your offer. You’ve been to the bank and have your mortgage approval in hand. In fact, the only thing standing between you and your new home is the closing. So just what … [Read more...]

Online Home Searches: Convenient, But Not Always Accurate

These days, the first thing many Americans do when they decide they want to buy a home is search for real estate online. In fact, over 80% of homebuyers start their search for a home on the Internet, according to the National Association of Realtors. … [Read more...]

Your Down Payment: Sources of Cash to Buy Your First Home

Want to buy a home? Nine times out of 10, you’re going to need a down payment. Only VA loan programs for qualified veterans and active military personnel offer loans with no down payment. And even if your lender doesn’t require it, a down payment … [Read more...]

Bank Owned Homes: Should You Buy a Foreclosed Property?

Bank owned homes are still flooding our nation’s real estate market. For buyers who can handle risk, some are incredible deals. But if you’re gearing up to buy your first home, take a hard look at whether buying a foreclosed property is a good idea. … [Read more...]

Four Tips to Make Moving Easier

One in six Americans move every year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, of course, we twentysomethings move more often than everybody 30 and older. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving from one rental to the next, moving in to your fir … [Read more...]

How to Shop for a Mortgage: 7 Steps to Finding the Perfect Home Loan

Photo by woodleywonderworks. Every week, I see home buyers make the same expensive mistake: they simply don’t shop around for a mortgage. It’s a shame. When you buy a home, getting the right mortgage loan is just as important as the right house. Af … [Read more...]