Interesting in buying a distressed property? You'll still find these types of homes on the market. But there are definitely fewer bank-owned properties and short sales available for sale today than there were a couple of years ago. Beyond a... (Read More)
You want to sell your home, but you don't have a lot of money to invest in repairs and upgrades before it hits the market. You're in luck! There's a lot you can do to make your home more inviting to potential buyers that doesn't cost a fortune. Here... (Read More)
Are you planning on doing some home remodeling this year? You're in good company. Home remodeling activity is on the rise as millions of Americans are now able to tap their home equity to tackle a variety of improvement projects.
Homeowners spent... (Read More)
If you're getting ready to buy a home, there are a lot of things you should do, such as getting pre-approved for a home loan. But there are also a few things you don't want to do.
1. Change your job. Now is not the right time to become... (Read More)
From the time you make an offer on a home to closing day, you'll be writing a check (or two, or three!). Here are the times during the home buying process you should be prepared to haul out your checkbook:
When making an offer. You'll be asked to... (Read More)
When it comes to home improvements, not all upgrades pay off when you sell your property. Trying to decide how to spend your home improvement dollars? Here is some great guidance from the U.S. Appraisal Institute:
Don't neglect 'green'... (Read More)
A bankruptcy can stay on your credit report for up to 10 years. But that doesn't mean you have to wait that long to buy a home. In fact, you could be eligible to apply for a mortgage in much less time than you might think!
It all depends on what... (Read More)
It's one of the most enduring myths in real estate today: You can't buy a home with a 20 percent down payment.
In reality, there are a variety of federal, state and even city-level programs available to help people who don't have that much... (Read More)
Have you served in the military? The Veterans Affairs Home Mortgage Loan Program is one of the most important benefits available to service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses. It can help you buy or build a home with some of the most... (Read More)
Where have all the investors gone? Real estate investors now account for less than 20 percent of home buying activity, the lowest level since September 2012. And most experts agree that the share of home purchases by investors is expected to... (Read More)