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Work at Home: Thinking of moving your business to your house? Consider these tax, legal and real estate factors first

Work at Home: Thinking of moving your business to your house? Consider these tax, legal and real estate factors first

The thought of rolling out of bed and going to work a few steps away is an appealing one.

June 14, 2014 10:30 am
Buying: Don’t Be Remorseful

Buying: Don’t Be Remorseful

It’s easy to rush into a purchase. Make sure you’re finding the right home for you—and for the long haul.

June 14, 2014 8:30 am
Quick and Quiet: What to know about pocket listings

Quick and Quiet: What to know about pocket listings

Contrary to popular belief, not every home sold through an agent or broker has to be posted on the Multiple Listing Service. Some sellers and their representatives choose a more unconventional option: the pocket listing.

May 31, 2014 11:00 am
Where to Upgrade in 2014

Where to Upgrade in 2014

Remodeling magazine's annual project report ranks with home improvement efforts pay off.

April 01, 2014 6:41 pm
The New Rules of the Game

The New Rules of the Game

Recently implemented laws from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are designed to protect borrowers.

March 10, 2014 4:23 pm
Now Playing: HomeTube

Now Playing: HomeTube

A picture may tell a thousand words, but a well-produced, marketed video of a home for sale can lead to a faster sale worth thousands more. That’s the belief among many real estate professionals who continue to urge their clients to use the power of video to help buy or sell a property.

February 08, 2014 12:00 pm
Foot-Friendly Neighborhoods

Foot-Friendly Neighborhoods

Mixed-use, walkable communities are all the rage for modern homebuyers – and for good reason

January 11, 2014 11:20 am
Inspecting the Home Inspection

Inspecting the Home Inspection

After the price haggling and before closing, home inspections are an essential part of the homebuying process. Here are the top 5 misconceptions

November 30, 2013 11:50 am
Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

With housing inventories low, many listing agents are offering extra perks to attract clients

November 16, 2013 1:37 pm
Don’t Call it a 'Typical' Comeback

Don’t Call it a 'Typical' Comeback

Some housing indicators show that the market’s bouncing back, but others do not. Time to recalibrate this housing recovery

November 09, 2013 12:15 am
Off-Season Selling

Off-Season Selling

Don’t shy away from cold weather; listing your home during the fall or winter can bring unexpected advantages

October 19, 2013 3:54 pm
Real Estate Redux

Real Estate Redux

Repeat homebuyers have a leg up on first-time homebuyers: They have longer credit histories, stronger understanding of real estate and more buying power, typically.

September 21, 2013 12:27 pm
Pondering Parking

Pondering Parking

They say buying a home is the most important financial transaction of your life – followed closely by the purchase of a new car. At the intersection of those two is an important but sometimes overlooked factor for homebuyers: parking accommodation.

September 07, 2013 12:00 am
A House with Good Bones

A House with Good Bones

Underneath it all, structural integrity is more important than granite countertops. Here’s how you know your future home has ‘good bones’

August 24, 2013 12:00 am
Vacancies Available

Vacancies Available

Thinking about purchasing a foreclosed home? You may be able to take some of the stress out of that distressed-property transaction by investigating how long it’s been vacant, the experts say.

August 03, 2013 12:00 am
Find Your Fixer-Upper

Find Your Fixer-Upper

With more distressed properties on the market, home rehabbers can find the perfect home to make anew

July 06, 2013 12:00 am
Top 5 Mortgage Myths

Top 5 Mortgage Myths

Many borrowers are misinformed about the process of finding and qualifying for a loan. Learn about the top misconceptions about mortgages and how to counteract them

June 15, 2013 12:00 am
Shorten Your Loan

Shorten Your Loan

Three hundred and sixty. In degrees, that number may not seem like much – like making a quick 360-degree turn. But measured in months, 360 can feel like an eternity, particularly for borrowers who commit to a 30-year mortgage loan. Fortunately, for those who dream of a mortgage-free future a…

June 01, 2013 12:02 pm
Get the Low Down

Get the Low Down

No need to feel discouraged if you lack the recommended minimum down payment of 20 percent, experts say. Qualifying for a low down-payment loan can be challenging, but there are more available options than people think.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
Beware the lemon house

Beware the lemon house

So-called “lemons” are consumer goods that fail quality and performance standards soon after purchased. Lemon laws (or warranties) protect consumers who buy defective products by offering a replacement or refund – but real estate is a different matter. In a market with many foreclosed, short…

April 20, 2013 12:00 am
Now or Later?

Now or Later?

Buy now or wait on the sideline? That’s the question many prospective home purchasers are asking nowadays, especially considering how mixed the messages have been in the media about whether or not this is a buyer’s market.

April 11, 2013 12:00 am
Remodeling Rebounds

Remodeling Rebounds

The remodeling market may be waking up from the doldrums, according to a biennial report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHSHU).

March 30, 2013 12:00 am
Subsidized Sprawl

Subsidized Sprawl

Federal spending on real estate is more likely to benefit single-family homes than multifamily housing, advocacy group study shows.

February 09, 2013 12:00 am
Foreclosures are down nationwide, but rates remain high in certain areas

Foreclosures are down nationwide, but rates remain high in certain areas

Foreclosure activity in December 2012 was at its lowest level since April 2007, down 21 percent from 2011, according to the “Year-End 2012 Foreclosure Market Report” by RealtyTrac, real estate data and listing site.

February 02, 2013 12:00 am
Local and national resources aim to teach homeowners in foreclosure how to fight back

Local and national resources aim to teach homeowners in foreclosure how to fight back

In the fight against foreclosure, there could be hope for the underdog. The California Homeowner Bill of Rights went into effect on January 1, and real estate experts say this could be a win for homeowners everywhere.

January 19, 2013 12:00 am
Having trouble dealing with debt? Don’t put it off – potential homebuyers should manage credit and debt before applying for a loan

Having trouble dealing with debt? Don’t put it off – potential homebuyers should manage credit and debt before applying for a loan

Uncle Sam isn’t the only one who has to try to pay off his debts and avoid going off the fiscal cliff. Prospective homebuyers seeking a mortgage loan also need to get their finances in order and better manage monies they owe to creditors.

January 05, 2013 12:00 am
Looking to downsize but can’t sell your house just yet? Try playing landlord-tenant. here’s how to have your house and rent it, too

Looking to downsize but can’t sell your house just yet? Try playing landlord-tenant. here’s how to have your house and rent it, too

Many empty nesters and other homeowners who yearn for a smaller footprint (and less upkeep) choose to sell their homes and downsize to smaller purchased properties.

December 22, 2012 12:00 am
Dec. 31 is the deadline for homeowners to apply for independent foreclosure review

Dec. 31 is the deadline for homeowners to apply for independent foreclosure review

Many foreclosure victims now have a referee to turn to for help – the federal banking agencies’ Independent Foreclosure Review program.

December 15, 2012 12:00 am
A look ahead at what the 2012 election and nascent housing recovery will mean for homebuyers, sellers and owners

A look ahead at what the 2012 election and nascent housing recovery will mean for homebuyers, sellers and owners

The year of 2012 saw record-low mortgage rates, a fledgling recovery and a historical presidential election. Looking to 2013 and beyond, those who seek to buy or sell their homes should keep an eye on these government policies and proposals that may directly affect them.

December 08, 2012 12:00 am
It might be chilly outside, but the housing market is still looking hot. Find out why buyers and sellers can get excited this winter

It might be chilly outside, but the housing market is still looking hot. Find out why buyers and sellers can get excited this winter

The temperatures outside may be plummeting, but the potential for a hot homebuying and selling season this winter may be rising, the experts say.

December 01, 2012 12:00 am
Townhomes can provide The privacy of single-family homes with the convenience of multi-unit housing at an affordable price point

Townhomes can provide The privacy of single-family homes with the convenience of multi-unit housing at an affordable price point

Homebuyers who want to have their cake and eat it, too – in the form of a residence that lives like a single-family house yet offers the conveniences of an urban condo – are choosing townhomes, and apparently in greater numbers.

November 10, 2012 12:00 am
Homeowners may see changes in insurance premiums and mortgage payments in Sandy’s wake

Homeowners may see changes in insurance premiums and mortgage payments in Sandy’s wake

Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed, homeowners across the country are holding their breath, awaiting the impact that the disaster may have on their homeowner insurance premiums.

November 10, 2012 12:00 am
Think you’ve got a solid score? Lenders may have different numbers on you

Think you’ve got a solid score? Lenders may have different numbers on you

Smart borrowers know to check their credit scores before applying for a home mortgage loan. But what if that score was unreliable? What if the scores that consumers can acquire from major credit bureaus or sites like Quizzle.com were different than the ones used by lenders?

October 27, 2012 12:00 am
How “best city” lists should factor into your decision to relocate

How “best city” lists should factor into your decision to relocate

Itching to relocate? Many homeowners eventually get the “grass is always greener on the other side” urge and dream of moving to a more favorable location – perhaps one that is less expensive or brimming with greater educational, social and job opportunities.

October 20, 2012 12:00 am
Enticing low mortgage rates are available, but they’re not being handed to Americans on a silver platter

Enticing low mortgage rates are available, but they’re not being handed to Americans on a silver platter

Despite record-low mortgage interest rates available for the past few years, far too many borrowers are holding onto high-interest loans.

October 20, 2012 12:00 am
Loan applicants may soon be guaranteed access to zero-fee, zero-point mortgage options for more transparency

Loan applicants may soon be guaranteed access to zero-fee, zero-point mortgage options for more transparency

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the financial services watchdog, recently proposed that lenders be required to make no-point, no-fee mortgages available. This rule would simplify the process of choosing a mortgage for qualified prospective borrowers.

September 29, 2012 12:00 am
In a buyer’s market, contingency clauses gain importance. Here are the most common ones and what they mean for the sale

In a buyer’s market, contingency clauses gain importance. Here are the most common ones and what they mean for the sale

From trapeze artists to baseball spectators seated behind home plate, everyone appreciates a good safety net. Homebuyers and sellers are no exception, which is why contingency clauses continue to be popular for real estate contracts.

September 22, 2012 12:00 am
A reverse mortgage offers older homeowners more financial flexibility when they need it – but is it worth the hassle?

A reverse mortgage offers older homeowners more financial flexibility when they need it – but is it worth the hassle?

You can’t turn back the hands of time. But for borrowers who qualify, you can turn back the terms of your mortgage so that your lender pays you, instead of the other way around – in the form of a reverse mortgage.

September 01, 2012 12:00 am
A new study shows that buying is better than renting in more than 75 percent of cities

A new study shows that buying is better than renting in more than 75 percent of cities

Renting or purchasing a home: Which is the better deal today? In most areas, buying is more cost-effective, according to the results of a recent study conducted by real estate listing site Zillow.

September 01, 2012 12:00 am
Agents and sellers agree, smart home improvement choices can speed up a sale

Agents and sellers agree, smart home improvement choices can speed up a sale

A new survey by Realtor.com, which polled hundreds of real estate agents and homeowners, shows that the two groups agree on the best home improvement strategies to sell a home.

August 19, 2012 12:00 am
A look back at previous Olympic host cities shows that real estate values don’t necessarily increase after the games

A look back at previous Olympic host cities shows that real estate values don’t necessarily increase after the games

Ever dream of your city hosting the Olympics? Be careful what you wish for: That dream could turn into a nightmare for homeowners, based on the results of a recent study published by the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.

July 28, 2012 12:00 am
Manage expectations, be flexible and keep your eye on the prize for successful home showings

Manage expectations, be flexible and keep your eye on the prize for successful home showings

While buyers are advised to get their “financial house in order” to apply for a loan, sellers may find it just as difficult to get their physical house in order and ready for home showings. To avoid getting overwhelmed, prioritize the necessary steps and keep matters in proper perspective, t…

June 30, 2012 12:00 am
Is a short sale the way to a silver lining on your mortgage? Read on to find out

Is a short sale the way to a silver lining on your mortgage? Read on to find out

Can’t afford to pay your home mortgage any longer? Tried loan modification efforts but struck out? Want to avoid the hassles and shame of a foreclosure? A short sale could alleviate your mortgage woes – provided you understand what’s needed to complete one successfully.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am
States that lagged behind in energy efficiency are successfully hopping on the bandwagon

States that lagged behind in energy efficiency are successfully hopping on the bandwagon

Politically, a map of America may show red and blue states. But environmentally, many of these states are trying to turn green – as indicated by new research published by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy.

June 09, 2012 12:00 am
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