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11.28.17

Can owning your own home really be cheaper than renting? Plugging your numbers into a home affordability calculator is a great place to start, but there are other costs that you might not have considered. Here’s how to know how much home you can really afford.

Read more about What Home Affordability Calculators Don’t Tell You

11.28.17

Do you have childhood lake house memories or dreams of beachside retirement? Not sure how you can afford to purchase a vacation home of your own? Sharing your second home with others as a vacation rental is a path that can lead to great investment returns and maybe even a few new friends. We talked to vacation property gurus to get their top tips and advice for rental owner rookies.

Read more about Owning Vacation Rental Property: Expert Tips

11.02.17

Quality of Life. Quiet cul-de-sacs. A sense of belonging. After fleeing for destinations near and far, some people choose to return to the suburbs, cities and regions where they once played duck-duck-goose and rode bikes. Around 37% of Americans have never left their hometown according to the Pew Research Center; but others just return later in life.

Read more about Home for the Holidays: Why Some Return to Their Hometowns

10.09.17

A former crime scene frightens off 59% of buyers, according to real-estate website Trulia. A death in the home would spook 32% of buyers and 13% are sketched out by a 666 in the address.

Read more about Haunted Houses: Steal or No Deal?

09.19.17

A Chicago couple found a 1940s bungalow that seemed like a solid home. Then they called in Frank Lesh, an inspector, who pointed out that while the house bones were fine, the plumbing needed updating, and the roof was in bad shape. They passed on the house.

Read more about Money Pit or Smart Investment: Signs to Watch Out For

09.19.17

Do you know your credit score? This three-digit number is as important to the home buying process as your real estate agent and your down payment. Having the highest credit score possible can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your mortgage. If you are ready to invest in improving your number, here’s how.

Read more about How to Improve Your Credit Score During the Homebuying Process

09.07.17

Have you been inspired by one of the numerous investment property television shows? Or, have you seen friends or family find success in real estate? If so, you are probably intrigued by the prospect of investing in rental property, but figuring out how to get started can be a difficult task in and of itself. Here are some tips from real estate experts on how to evaluate whether buying a rental property is right for you.

Read more about Buying Rental Property: Tips from the Experts

08.31.17

When you are buying a home, it can be hard to understand why there are so many people involved, and exactly what each one is doing. Some—like your home inspector—have clear roles, but others—like your title company—may seem to fill a more mysterious role. However, your title company plays a crucial role in the process of closing on your home and protecting you from unforeseen legal issues.

Read more about Title Company Roles in the Homebuying Process

08.31.17

Buying a home after you’ve retired can bring up challenging questions: Should I stay put, or move to a favorite vacation spot? Will living in a condo bring enjoyment or irritation? How will I pay for any of the moving and other related expenses?

Read more about Home Buying for Retirees