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How To Save Money When You Move

Moving this summer? Bet you're excited. And stressed too. Moving isn't  cheap either, even if your new digs are just a few miles away. According to My Moving Reviews, the average cost of local move with two men and a truck is between $90 and $120 … [Read more...]

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

As a Realtor, let me tell you: Americans love open houses. Even when they're not shopping for a house. They love to drop by, munch on free cookies and imagine what it would be like to live in a house that they most likely can’t afford. Can you i … [Read more...]

Can You Trust The Mortgage Company You Found On The Web? The Best Online Mortgage Lenders Compared

When buying a home, it makes sense to look for the best possible deal. After all, your mortgage will span decades, and the higher the interest rate, the more you’ll pay over time. Even a 1 percent difference in your mortgage rate can mean tens of t … [Read more...]

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

We Americans are so busy these days we usually prefer a simplified version of everything: We’d rather text than call, and we’d rather buy Christmas gifts online than go to the mall. So it only makes sense the newest trend in mortgage lending is ful … [Read more...]

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

If you're buying a new home, can you predict how well it will appreciate while you live there? Maybe, maybe not. But there are some things to look for in real estate that can help assure a property will appreciate at or above the average market … [Read more...]

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

One of the smartest ways to build wealth is by buying real estate (particularly rental properties); just ask Warren Buffett. He was recently quoted as saying he’d buy “a couple hundred thousand single family homes [as an investment]” right now if he c … [Read more...]

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

We'll leave celebrity worship to the gossip blogs, but sometimes we can learn a thing or two from people in the public eye -- like when celebs earn tens of millions in their 20s and are bankrupt by 40. For better or worse, many celebs live large, … [Read more...]

The 4 Things You Must Do Before You Apply for a Mortgage

Among the many milestones we use to mark our financial coming of age, few are as exciting as buying a home. I remember signing a raft of papers a few inches thick when my wife and I bought our current home in 2001. The process left me both … [Read more...]

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

If you've been considering a new career or starting a side hustle to earn extra money, perhaps you've thought about becoming a real estate agent. Being a Realtor is great if you like houses and enjoy working with people, but it's not always the … [Read more...]

Before You Move, Consider This: Where You Choose to Live Has a Surprising Impact on How Rich You Feel

Over the summer, I traveled to Bend, Ore. with my wife and kids to scout it out as a possible place to live. I had lots of good reasons for doing this, starting with the weather: In Chicago, we’re slogging through another horrid winter. Bend, by c … [Read more...]