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Building Your Dream Home Sounds Sooo Romantic, But…

Building your dream home may not be as dreamy as you thiknk.

Building your dream home is a lifelong aspiration for many, but the process itself isn’t all that dreamy. Here are six pains to the new home construction process (and herding a dozen different contractors is only the beginning).

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


Appreciation is nice, but sometimes you just need to get rid of your house. Here’s how to sell your home to break even after factoring all potential costs.

How To Qualify For An FHA Loan

FHA loans help you buy a home with limited credit or a reduced down payment. Learn how to qualify for an FHA loan and what to expect when you apply.

15-Year Mortgage vs 30-Year Mortgages


You’ll pay far less interest on a 15-year mortgage, but the bigger payment can mean less financial flexibility. These are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding between a 15-year and 30-year mortgage.

How to Pay Off Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Save $200 a Month


Though PMI is tax deductible through the end of 2013, most homeowners would rather actually save the money each month than have another write off come tax time.

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? Here’s What to Look For


With many urban environments pricing themselves beyond the reach of young adults, and quite a few downsides to big city life (from congestion and traffic to outrageous fees, high rents and a dearth of downtown parking), modern suburbs have their attractions.

Military Housing Programs for Servicemembers and their Families


When you’re serving your country while overseas, the last thing you want to worry about is the risk of your family getting evicted or foreclosed upon. Taking advantage of the best military housing program for your situation can put your mind at ease and your finances on the right track.

The Not-so-empty Nest: Why One in Three Adults Under 35 Live With Their Parents


The news isn’t all bad, it seems. Young adults living at home may have to restrain their behavior a bit, but they’re also showing adult restraint with finances, at least in terms of what they dish out for rent or a mortgage.

How to Make a Winning Real Estate Offer With a Few Easy Tricks

How to make a winning real estate offer.

Buying a home is difficult enough, but in a seller’s market it becomes a mad rush to make your best offer and then pray it’s accepted. Fortunately, you can make your offer stand out by taking a few easy steps that most bidders neglect.

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

How do you know you're ready to buy a home? When you have the money, a steady job, and the desire to be a homeowner.

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would love to help them and ask for their […]