How to Buy a House at Auction: Can You Really Get a Home for 50 Percent Off?

Buying a house at auction isn't for everyone, but can lead to big savings.

You’ve heard the stories and seen the ads. Perhaps you even know somebody who bought a home for cheap at a foreclosure auction. Now, you’re thinking about buying a home of your own. You have CASH from savings or an inheritance. And you’re tempted by foreclosure auctions (where banks sell foreclosed homes to quickly get […]

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

Young couple holding home sold sign.

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 beyond the average seller out […]

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 competing buyers. Although Realtors will show homes by appointment anytime, […]

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 is a real estate closing? And what exactly happens at […]

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. There are both advantages and disadvantages to searching for houses […]

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 is still a good idea, as it it’ll save you […]

Why We Bought a House, and Why We Bought It Now

When is the right time to buy a house? Certainly not when you’ve got a brand-new baby commanding every waking second of your time. But that’s exactly what we did. We just became new parents, and we’re buying a home. We close in ten days. But why buy a house? And why do it now? […]

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. Although buying a bank owned property requires you to jump […]

Home Buyers: How’s Your Future ‘Hood?

If you’re on the road to buying a home, life is about to get busier. You’ll need to choose a Realtor, tour homes, get mortgage pre-approval, and make offers. With all that to keep track of, don’t miss one of the most important tasks on a new home buyer’s checklist: researching your future neighborhood. Of […]

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Buying a house can give you more than just the pride of ownership, there are several tax benefits as well. You can deduct the interest, mortgage points, property taxes, and even part of the principal of your mortgage if you have a home office. And the sellers aren’t left out, there are tax benefits for selling as well.