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5 Reasons Why FSBO Sales Fail

For-Sale-by-Owner, or FSBO, transactions are commonly seen in seller’s markets or whenever homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission. However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more […]


Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper? 6 Reasons to Make the Leap

“Should I buy a fixer-upper?” If this thought has crossed your mind, we don’t blame you. Many home buyers fantasize about purchasing a run-down shack and transforming it into a palace (thank you, Chip and Joanna Gaines). Still, pipe dreams aside, should you actually do it? While they aren’t for everyone, experts do say that there are many real reasons to buy a fixer-upper. Here are a […]


The Bargain Hunter’s Guide to Buying a Home: 7 Ways to Get the Best Deal

Attention, coupon-clipping queens and Craigslist kings! If you’re an avowed bargain shopper who believes only chumps pay full price, the thought of purchasing a home at (or sometimes even above!) asking price can be painful. You’re used to shopping around and weighing all your options before taking the plunge—shouldn’t that be the case on something as […]


What Does Active Contingent Mean? A Home Sale With Conditions

Let’s say you’ve found your dream home online, but the status is “active contingent.” What does that mean, and is it still up for grabs? Does the “active” part of “active contingent” mean that the house can still be yours? Read on for some explanation into this listing status and insight into making an offer. […]


Buying a Flipped House? Ask These 6 Questions First

If you’ve ever binge-watched HGTV, you may already have caught the home-flipping bug. The whole thing sounds so seductive: Buy a fixer-upper at a bargain price, renovate it fast, and sell. Doing so can be lucrative: According to RealtyTrac, the average flipped home in the U.S. is bought for $129,200 and turned around for $190,000. And if you’re […]


What Are FHA-Approved Condos?

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 are below! What are FHA-approved condos? FHA condos are […]


How to Sell a Mobile Home: A Guide on Financing, Price, and More

Wondering how to sell a mobile home? For starters, you should know that these days, they’re called manufactured homes (but we’ll use both terms interchangeably since many people are more familiar with the original moniker). And while you might assume selling this type of home is just like selling a traditional home, it isn’t—and you’ll need to adjust your approach […]


Buyer Blocks: 4 Factors Keeping Millennials From Owning a Home

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. And here’s the […]


7 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before Your Home Inspection Even Begins

What are some questions to ask a home inspector? Given this professional is charged with checking out a home for any flaws before you buy it, he’s an important safeguard who could protect you from purchasing a lemon—and squandering tons of cash in repairs. So, how do you separate a great home contractor from a merely good one? […]


What Is a Storybook House? A Home Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

What is a storybook house? It’s a quaint style of architecture known for its cottage-inspired sloping roof, turret, and other fanciful features. Also called fairy-tale homes, they essentially look like a family of elves or maybe Snow White herself would answer the door if you knocked. Although these houses evoke visions of the European countryside, this style […]

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