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The etiquette of the real estate transaction

The etiquette of the real estate transaction

In a tight economy, many American homes today are proving to be a haven where the extended family flocks together for comfort, convenience, and, increasingly, financial practicality.

October 18, 2014 5:43 pm
One House, Multiple Generations: How to shop for a home that can accommodate extra family housemates

One House, Multiple Generations: How to shop for a home that can accommodate extra family housemates

In a tight economy, many American homes today are proving to be a haven where the extended family flocks together for comfort, convenience, and, increasingly, financial practicality.

October 11, 2014 5:43 pm
How to get everyone under one roof: 3 ways to prepare your home for a boomerang child or aging parent

How to get everyone under one roof: 3 ways to prepare your home for a boomerang child or aging parent

Dreaming of the day your kids finally move out and you can downsize to a smaller, low-maintenance home? Considering how expensive renting/owning is likely to be for your moved-out children and how costly dependent care facilities can be for aging relatives, that fantasy may need to be put on hold

October 11, 2014 1:59 pm
Credit where credit is due: New consumer-friendly changes to the FICO formula could bump your credit score, make it easier to obtain mortgage financing

Credit where credit is due: New consumer-friendly changes to the FICO formula could bump your credit score, make it easier to obtain mortgage financing

Smart borrowers know that a higher credit score can help them qualify for more desirable loans and lower interest rates. Now, the credit score most valued and used by lenders – your FICO score – is due to be recalibrated, making it easier for more Americans to obtain financing, including mor…

September 21, 2014 4:22 pm

How low should your price go?

The goal of every home sale is to sell high, but when a house lingers on the market for longer than anticipated, the sellers may need to consider a price reduction.

September 02, 2014 3:00 am
How low should your price go?

How low should your price go?

The goal of every home sale is to sell high, but when a house lingers on the market for longer than anticipated, the sellers may need to consider a price reduction.

August 31, 2014 5:50 pm

When It Pays to Rent: Deciding whether to rent or buy

For many folks who believe they cannot afford to purchase a home, renting is a logical and fiscally responsible alternative. But today, many renters are quickly learning that leasing isn’t so comparably affordable after all.

August 26, 2014 2:00 am
When it Pays to Rent: There's a time for renting and a time for buying

When it Pays to Rent: There's a time for renting and a time for buying

For many folks who believe they cannot afford to purchase a home, renting is a logical and fiscally responsible alternative. But today, many renters are quickly learning that leasing isn't so comparably affordable after all.

August 23, 2014 5:40 pm
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
Rising Values, Moderate Expectations

Rising Values, Moderate Expectations

Despite a recent boom, home prices expected to rise at a slower clip in the near future

March 29, 2014 6:51 pm
Dollar Deals

Dollar Deals

Pay for the home completely in cash? It’s on the rise, but there are pros and cons to an all-cash deal

March 22, 2014 5:01 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
Don’t Ask for Forgiveness

Don’t Ask for Forgiveness

A popular tax break for those who reduce their mortgage debt is expiring at the end of this year

December 28, 2013 11:54 am
Post-Recession Trends

Post-Recession Trends

Home values and homeownership rates are down in more populous counties

December 07, 2013 2:23 pm
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
Falling Foreclosures

Falling Foreclosures

Overall foreclosure numbers are down: Here’s how it affects you

November 23, 2013 12:28 pm
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
Lock & Shop Returns

Lock & Shop Returns

Mortgage shoppers can once again lock in rates and avoid rising mortgage rates

October 19, 2013 3:51 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
High-Cost Closing

High-Cost Closing

Closing costs are going up. Shop around to get the best deal

August 31, 2013 12:00 am
Living in a Video World

Living in a Video World

Video tours and conferencing increasingly substitute in-person interactions for buyers, sellers and their agents

August 24, 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
Generation Y Not?

Generation Y Not?

Millenials are not avoiding homeownership – just postponing it, along with other major life decisions

August 03, 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
Insurance Bill Blues

Insurance Bill Blues

Temperatures aren’t the only things on the rise this summer. Homeowners insurance rates are also going up, according to the latest data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which reports that the cost of homeowners insurance increased 36 percent between 2003 and 2010 – n…

July 13, 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
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