6 Shocking Things Your Home Inspector Won’t Check

SLRadcliffe/iStock Home inspectors are quite thorough. Before you buy a house, they’ll scrutinize things you never thought to look at in your many walk-throughs, from cracks in stucco to how well the toilet flushes. In fact, their checklists include over 1,600 features, all with the goal of helping you decide whether the home is in good enough shape for you to close this […]

Read More »

House-Hunting Secrets for New Parents, Empty Nesters, Job Seekers, and Others

baranozdemir/iStock; A-Digit/iStock; realtor.com Life is unpredictable, no matter how carefully you plan. And yet, when you buy a house, you are essentially committing to live in the same place for a certain period of time. The number of bedrooms, the layout, the school district, the yard size, the commute—you’re pretty much locking yourself into all […]

Read More »

What Are Property Disclosure Statements? Info Buyers Need to Know

Bill Oxford/iStock No matter how great a home looks at first glance, a host of problems could be hiding right under that fresh coat of paint—which is why buyers will want to scrutinize certain paperwork they’ll receive called property disclosure statements. Property disclosure statements essentially outline any flaws that the home sellers (and their real estate agents) […]

Read More »

5 Reasons Why Buying an Old House Is a Great Idea

irina88w/iStock We understand the appeal of moving into a newly constructed home. After all, it’s hard not to be enticed by brand-new appliances, floors, and heating, cooling, and electrical systems. Plus, buying an old place that needs work can be intimidating, especially for those of us whose only brush with restoring a house has come from watching […]

Read More »

How to Terminate a Buyer’s Agent Agreement

zimmytws/iStock No matter how carefully you look for the right real estate agent, sometimes this relationship just doesn’t work out. Yet before you can find another professional to help you buy a home, you will have to know how to terminate the buyer’s agent agreement—the contract between you and your real estate representative. “If you […]

Read More »

How Much Are Mortgage Fees? The Costs That Come With Your Loan

imaginima/iStock When shopping for a home, it seems like there’s something to pay for at every step of the way. To get your mortgage approved—thereby allowing you to actually buy your house—you’ll have to pay mortgage fees. The most common mortgage fees also fall under the umbrella of closing costs, those expenses you pay when you […]

Read More »

How to Make a Backup Offer on a Sale-Pending Home

YinYang/iStock If you think a home marked “sale pending” is off-limits, think again. Yes, this label means that the buyer and seller have negotiated an accepted purchase contract, but things happen—and sales can fall through. For that reason, there’s no harm in making a backup offer. “If a buyer is in love with a particular […]

Read More »

The Heat Is On: 5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing’s Hottest Season

flammulate/iStock; stevanovicigor/iStock The days are getting longer. Ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But the surest sign that summer is here? It just might be those “For Sale” signs popping up like dandelions in your neighborhood. Yep, we’re smack dab in the middle of the most popular time of the year to buy and […]

Read More »

5 Tips Real Estate Investors Need to Know to Find Good Deals

artisteer/iStock With real estate prices reaching ever-higher highs in large swaths of the country, the availability of deeply discounted properties is drying up. And that means it’s getting tougher for real estate investors and home flippers to find great deals worthy of their time and cash. “There are fewer foreclosures to buy, but there’s more interest in buying […]

Read More »

How to Flip a House: 7 Signs You’ll Rake in Huge Profits

karamysh/iStock; realtor.com It seems like just about everyone these days fantasizes about how to flip a house. The reality? Doing it successfully largely hinges on picking the right place at the right time—which is why veteran flippers keep a mental checklist to help steer them toward homes that are primed to gush cash. Curious about those signs that indicate […]

Read More »

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On Google Plus