5 Things You Didn’t Know a VA Loan Could Do for You

realtor.com Because of the bravery and sacrifices of veterans and active military, the rest of the country’s civilians can live the American dream in safety. As one tangible way to say “thank you for your service,” current and former members of the military have access to Veterans Affairs home loans. These unique mortgage options allow veterans and […]

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How Do I Change the Real Estate Closing Date on a House?

NoDerog/iStock; realtor.com When you go through the process of buying a house, you might have to change the real estate closing date. It’s actually fairly common for the buyer or the seller to request this kind of adjustment, so don’t be alarmed if it happens to you. Let’s take a closer look at the closing process and why someone […]

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What Is a Real Estate Broker vs. a Real Estate Agent (and Which Should You Hire)?

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock What is a real estate broker? Many people think that real estate agent and real estate broker are interchangeable titles, but there are actually key differences. Here’s what you need to know. What is a real estate broker? A real estate broker is someone who has taken education beyond the agent level as required by state laws and passed a […]

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The House Is Not for Sale—Can You Still Offer to Buy It?

in4mal/iStock There’s no “For Sale” sign on the front lawn and no listing online, so it’s safe to say that the adorable home that caught your eye is not for sale. Still, you can’t help but fantasize about owning it one day. It’s not technically on the market, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least try to buy it. The worst […]

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The Property Brothers Find Renovation ‘Heaven’: Here’s How You Can, Too

HGTV Drew and Jonathan Scott have to be the hardest-working home renovation guys on TV. A mere two weeks after the Season 7 finale of their spinoff “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” they’ve launched into Season 11 of the show that started it all, the simply titled “Property Brothers.” Keep in mind that Drew is also tangoing his heart out […]

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When Is an Earnest Money Check Supposed to Be Cashed?

AndreyPopov/iStock In the real estate market, the earnest money check is one of the essential ways buyers prove they’re serious to sellers. It’s a substantial chunk of change that will be included with your offer to the seller to further prove that you are really serious about buying the seller’s house. But once an offer is accepted, what happens with said earnest money? Does it sit […]

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Zoinks! 6 Ways Home Buyers Scare Off Sellers

gerenme/iStock; Watcom/iStock; realtor.com Once you’ve found a home you’re dying to buy, you want things to move forward. And that means that sellers need to accept your offer already! But in order for that to happen—particularly in blazing-hot markets where sellers have their pick among offers—you have to convince the sellers that you’re worthy. And you can’t […]

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Should You Go Big With Your First House or Stick to a Starter Home?

AndreyPopov/iStock; realtor.com For a majority of people, buying your first home is financially daunting. Beyond the paperwork and negotiating, there’s that big mortgage looming. Taking on such a substantial financial responsibility is enough to leave you wondering if you can even afford it. And if you’ve figured out that you can, there’s still the question […]

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7 Tips on How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent

sturti/iStock Whether you’re buying or selling a house, understanding how to find a good real estate agent is essential. Your agent will help you through all steps of the process and answer the myriad technical, tactical, and financial questions that arise, so you don’t have to waste hours Googling into the abyss. A good real estate agent will also […]

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