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Trends in Lending and Mortgages

For most of us, getting a mortgage is a must when buying a home. Here’s how the mortgage industry is changing to become even more accessible to buyers.

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A Retiree’s Guide to the Best U.S. Cities to Live

Find out which U.S. cities have retirees flocking to them for their low cost of living and high quality of life. If you’re 55+ years of age, or know someone who is considering retiring, learn about which U.S. city best suits your particular retirement lifestyle.

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The Best Cities for Veterans to Buy a Home

When buying a home, location plays a major role in cost and quality of life, especially for veterans. We ranked the best U.S. cities for veteran homebuyers using 10 key factors.

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Home Buying Trends among the LGBTQ+ Community

Learn about current home home buying trends among the LGBT community and how LGBT individuals are impacting today’s real estate market.

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What Is a Homeowners’ Exemption?

Learn all about homeowners exemptions and how they relate to your property value and the property taxes you pay annually. This overview will touch on who is eligible, how to apply, and additional homeowners exemptions.

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What Is the Homeowners Protection Act?

Learn what the Homeowners Protection Act is, who it helps, the disclosure requirements associated with the act, and how homeowners can cancel their PMI.

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The Complete Guide to Buying a HUD Home

A HUD home is the ultimate real estate bargain but comes with risks. The buying process has unique complications, so it’s important to understand the nuances in this complete guide.

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Are Home Improvements Tax-Deductible?

The line between home repairs and home improvements can be thin, so it’s important to know the difference between them and which one qualifies for tax deductions.

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Home Repair Grants: What You Need to Know

The federal government offers home repair grants to low-income homeowners as a way to provide assistance for house repairs and improvements. Keep reading to learn more.

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The Ultimate New Home Checklist

Moving into a new house can be daunting—but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a checklist for pre- and post-move, and a list of items you’ll need for every room in the home.

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How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

A home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in the long run by pinpointing areas in need of repairs. Learn how much a home inspection costs and which factors affect the overall price of an inspection.

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What Is a Warranty Deed?

Learn about what a warranty deed is, the different types of warranty deeds, and how one works.

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How to Move Across the Country

Learn how to move across the country in eight simple steps—from getting rid of your unnecessary belongings to finding the most affordable moving services.

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Ready to Pay Off Your Mortgage? Here Are 7 Ways to Speed Up the Process

Paying off your mortgage early boils down to paying more toward the principal as soon as you can. Refinancing to a shorter term can speed the process and you’ll know exactly when you’ll be paid up. Or you can use the more flexible, informal method of paying more toward the principal more monthly or annually.

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5 Strategies for Getting in the Financial Position to Buy a House

Are you ready to become a first-time homebuyer? In this article, House Method explains five simple tips for getting in the financial position to buy a house.

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13 Unique Ways to Find a New Apartment

Different ways to find new listings and gain an edge in your new apartment search. And no, we’re not going to suggest checking Craigslist or Zillow.

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What to Know About Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

A few things to consider about what mortgage prepayment means for your finances and liquidity.

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Home Sale Prices Have Hit a High. Is Now the Right Time to Buy?

Housing prices in the United States hit an all-time high in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. There are signs high home prices are leveling off, but buying a house is still really expensive. In what might be the hottest of all seller's markets, what is a buyer to do?

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How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent in 9 Steps

Every home buying and selling experience is unique. The market will change, as will your needs, your budget, time frame, tastes, and the length and depth of your search. Here’s how you can find the right real estate agent to guide you through the home buying or selling process.

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Are You Adequately Insured? Here Are 16 Items Not Covered by Home Insurance

You may think that your home insurance covers all damage to your house, but flooding, earthquakes, and normal wear and tear are just a few items not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. Here are 16 items not covered by homeowners insurance and how you can get coverage for them.

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The Limits of Hurricane Insurance & What You Can Do About It

Do you know what your hurricane and flood insurance policies cover–and what they don't? CoreLogic estimates that nearly 7 million Americans are at risk for serious hurricane damage in 2018, but unfortunately, fewer and fewer homes are adequately insured.

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7 Instances When Renting Is Better Than Buying

Homeownership may seem like a financially smart move, but if you don’t have a strong enough credit score or are shopping in a seller’s market, renting may be the better option. Here are seven instances when renting may beat buying.

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How to Decode a Home Inspection Report

So you’ve received your home inspection report, now what? We explain what’s included in the report, which issues are considered red flags, and what to look out for that you may be missing.

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Are You Ready to Buy a House?

Thinking of making the leap from renting to buying? Here are five questions that will help you determine if you’re ready to buy a house, plus tips from the pros.

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Why Mortgage Applications Are Denied—And What You Can Do About It

Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling, and applying for a mortgage is often the most stressful part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about the top factors that can lead to a mortgage application denial—and what you can do about them.

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9 Apartments You Will Tour
Before You Move

This apartment may or may not be done being built. There are no appliances and half of the floor is a gaping hole that leads to the basement. The realtor assures you they’ll get the electricity on by the time you move in, they just have to do a little wiring. OK, all of the wiring.

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The Complete Moving Checklist
(and Survival Guide)

Moving is going to be horrible, let’s stop pretending that it’s not. We’ll walk you through the three months leading up to the terrible day and even walk you through sign off with the movers.

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How to Win in the Most Competitive Summer Real Estate Markets

We talk to Raleigh, NC, real estate agent Corey Short about how buyers and sellers alike can gain advantages in 2018's hottest real estate markets.

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10 Most Expensive New York City Neighborhoods

From Tribeca to Chelsea, here are 10 of the most expensive New York City neighborhoods.

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The Housing Market Is a Giant Migraine Right Now

A quick and dirty summary of the massive headache that is the housing market right now.

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When a Home Purchase Goes Awry: The Home Buying Problems We Don’t Talk About

The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, even when everything goes smoothly. But what about when things don’t go according to plan? Hear about the hidden traps that can thwart real estate transactions—and how to avoid them.

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15- vs. 30-Year Mortgage: Which Is Best?

Real estate season is on its way. We weigh the pros and cons of mortgage types examine which option will save you the most money.

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The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Real Estate Investment

In certain New York City neighborhoods, purchasing real estate can be a seriously smart investment. We talked to NYC real estate investment pro Seth Levin about the neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn that are ripe for real estate investment right now.

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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in New York City

Few real estate markets in the US are as competitive and fast-moving as New York City. Navigating the buying landscape can be intimidating, so we spoke with a 15-year NYC real estate veteran who knows NYC home buying like the back of her hand.

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