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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...]

FHA Mortgage Loans: A Good Idea For First-Time Buyers?

FHA mortgage loans are mortgages that are guaranteed by the U.S. Government's Federal Housing Administration. Thanks to this guarantee, FHA mortgage loans are often available to home buyers who do not qualify for "traditional" … [Read more...]

Building Your Dream Home Sounds Sooo Romantic, But…

Remember that Grey’s Anatomy episode where McDreamy brings Meredith to the top of a mountain at night and uses hundreds of candles to light up the layout for their dream home that he plans on building? It was the swoon heard ‘round the world. If you … [Read more...]

How to Sell Your Home When You Might (Barely) Break Even

Home prices in 20 major cities this last summer were up 12 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, according to USA Today. That's a nice statistic, but if your home has been underwater  — in other words, you've owed more on the mo … [Read more...]

How Much House Can You Afford?

We first published "How Much House Can You Afford", but we've been getting a lot of questions about the subject recently. In fact, we've also been getting a lot of people asking why they haven't been approved for a mortgage. In many cases, we simply … [Read more...]