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How Risky a Mortgage Applicant Are You? Here’s How to Find Out

Mortgages aren’t just handed out like free toasters at a bank. On the contrary, before lenders fork over that big bundle of cash that you need in order to buy a home, they’ll size you up carefully to try to determine whether you’re worth the risk. And to do so, they’ll take a hard look at your financial past, […]

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Become a Real Estate Investor With 3 Easy Investments

Becoming a real estate investor is much more feasible than most people think. There’s no question that real estate investing comes with risk, like any investment. But with risk can come reward, and real estate has that in spades. “Real estate is one of the few investments where your upside is truly unlimited,” says Than […]

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What Is a Certificate of Occupancy? Proof Your Home Is Safe

Everyone wants to know the home they’re purchasing is safe to live in. That’s why some municipalities go a step beyond the standard home inspection and require a special permit, called a certificate of occupancy, to ensure the houses in their area meet safety codes. To obtain the permit, an additional inspection must be done. […]

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10 Strangest Questions Buyers Have Ever Asked About a House

Long before home buyers decide a certain place must be theirs, it behooves them to ask a lot of questions. For example: “How’s the neighborhood?” or “How old is that water heater, anyway?” Ask away! Such queries help you pare down your options, so don’t be bashful; real estate agents have heard them all. However, the adage “There’s no such thing as a […]

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What Is a Mansion? The Luxury Home Next Door Might Not Qualify

What do you think of when you hear the word “mansion”? Do visions of huge manor houses with acres of lush green lawn, sweeping staircases, and grand ballrooms dance through your head? Perhaps you think of the most luxurious home in the neighborhood complete with lavish amenities like a koi pond, wine cellar, and four-car […]

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First-Time Home Buyer Programs to Help You Afford a Mortgage

Conventional wisdom says you need a 20% down payment to buy a house, but let’s face it: That sum can be daunting, particularly for first-time home buyers who don’t have a pile of cash from a property they have just sold. The good news is that the average down payment for first-time home buyers is […]

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7 Questions to Ask at an Open House That Uncover the Truth, Warts and All

Open houses are undeniably a fun way to ooh and ahh over property that could be yours. Still, once you’re done staring up at those high ceilings and peeking into walk-in closets, you should also try to get beyond the surface appearance of the place and take the golden opportunity to gather some valuable information. In case you’re stumped on […]

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8 Signs It’s Time to Walk (and Maybe Run) Away From a Home

It happens: You’re buying a home, but something just doesn’t feel right. Are you just getting cold feet—after all, this is likely the biggest purchase of your life—or is that lingering worry telling you those yellow (or, dare we say, red) flags should be a deal breaker? Here are eight signs that you would probably be […]

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In It to Win It: Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 7 Mistakes on Your Offer

You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet! Slow down there, dear buyer. As you know, you still have […]

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Assessed Value vs. Market Value: What’s the Difference?

Homes don’t come with sticker prices set in stone. Rather they are moving targets—that’s what makes buying and selling real estate so fun! (Or frustrating, depending on your perspective.) And, as a buyer or seller, you will likely hear two “prices” thrown about: assessed value versus market value. So what’s the difference? While assessed value and […]

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