Buying a House With Cash? Don’t Forget These Added Expenses

ismagilov/iStock There’s no question that buying a house with cash will make you feel like a million bucks. Maybe you came into a large inheritance, or you’re just really good at saving. Either way, paying the price of the home in full means you won’t have to worry about making mortgage payments. Plus, sellers love a cash offer […]

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Disadvantages of Buying a Short Sale: A Deal This Good Comes With Risks

Fancy/Veer/Corbis via Getty Images A short sale is the process of selling a home for a price that won’t cover the cost of the outstanding mortgage. It’s a disheartening situation for sellers who find themselves in financial distress, although it can be their only option. But for buyers, a short sale can be a chance to buy […]

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How Long Is Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?

MattKay/iStock If you want to show sellers you’re seriously interested in buying their home, getting mortgage pre-approval is a critical first step. It proves that, after digging through your financials, a lender is willing to give you money to buy a house. “Getting pre-approved is a great way to differentiate yourself when making an offer,” says Linda Walters, […]

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What Are FHA-Approved Condos?

RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images Federal Housing Administration condominiums are properties that can be purchased using FHA loans—or loans that are insured by the FHA. What requirements must these condos meet to be approved by the FHA? And where should you go to search for available properties? The answers to these questions and more […]

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Buyer Blocks: 4 Factors Keeping Millennials From Owning a Home

mj0007/iStock Since the market crash, many prospective first-time home buyers have been fighting an uphill battle on their path to homeownership. Certainly it isn’t for lack of trying. While millennials might be the largest group of first-time buyers, according to the NAR, they face a whole slew of daunting challenges before they can sign on the dotted line. […]

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6 Secret Thoughts Real Estate Agents Have About Home Buyers—Revealed

DragonImages/iStock; realtor.com A good real estate agent holds your hand through the home-buying process, fights battles on your behalf, and all in all helps you achieve your dreams of homeownership with a smile. But have you ever wondered what they’re really thinking, behind that calm, professional demeanor? Plenty. And while they will often share their opinion, sometimes […]

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Buying a New Construction? Why You Need Your Own Real Estate Agent

RobertHoetink/iStock When you’re house hunting, the allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in the pristine home—one untouched by grimy hands or muddy shoes. It’s full of brand-new appliances and the finishes and treatments that you picked to fit your aesthetic. And you won’t have to worry about making any […]

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How Long Does It Take to Buy a House? Use This Handy Timeline to Plan Ahead

inxti/iStock How long does it take to buy a house? It’s a big question, especially for people who hope to time their home purchase with when their rental lease is up. Or before the start of school. Or when you’re closing on the sale of your old home. Or any number of other time-sensitive situations you’re trying to manage. […]

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Want to Find Cheap Houses for Sale? 4 Bargains Are Hiding in Plain Sight

David Aaron Troy/Getty Images Every bargain hunter fantasizes about finding cheap houses for sale. And while stumbling across these deals might seem to boil down to pure luck, it’s actually anything but. Just like stores that highlight their discounts with bright yellow signs declaring “50% off,” certain homes “advertise” their bargain-basement status. Here are a few telltale phrases to look for, because they mean a property is priced […]

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9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking in a Home: Will You Miss Them, Too?

stockinasia/iStock It was your dream home—until it wasn’t. Sadly, far too many buyers swoon over a home, only to realize after moving in that they overlooked something major, bringing on a serious case of buyer’s remorse. We get it: There’s so much to check out, but so little time. Still, if you want to avoid being one of […]

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