‘I Want to Buy a House’: A Guide to Taking the Real Estate Plunge

Maybe you’re renting in an overpriced neighborhood and are sick of writing a huge rent check. Maybe you’re living in a yurt and miss having normal walls. Wherever you wake up, the same thought runs through your head every morning: “I want to buy a house!” But perhaps that want hasn’t yet translated into how to actually go […]

6 Costly Mistakes First-Time House Flippers Make

When you’re flipping a house, time is money. And you don’t have time to make a lot of rookie mistakes. That’s what Steve Cederquist learned when he first began renovating and flipping properties in 1994. “I bought a house with a bad foundation and lost $30,000 on the deal,” says Cederquist, a general contractor who’s […]

What Is a HUD Home? A Bargain With One Huge Catch

If you’re hoping to score a deal while house hunting (and who isn’t?), one bargain basement option well worth exploring is a HUD home. So what is a HUD home? Simply put, it’s a place owned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but there’s some backstory here, so allow us to explain. Long before a […]

Avoid These 6 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover

Let’s get real: Moving is stressful. And when you’re busy finding a new place to live, selling your current home, and then packing up your entire life, selecting the crew who will move your stuff is likely last on your to-do list. That’s ironic, because you’ll be entrusting them with all your life’s possessions. Even if you […]

6 Surprising Revelations You’ll Have Purging Your Stuff Before You Move

(Originally written by Adriana Velez on Realtor.com) I moved in with my boyfriend this past summer. Before you imagine some cute recent college grad in her first adult relationship, no. I’m a divorced mom who had lived in the same Brooklyn apartment for nearly 20 years. And you can imagine what that means: I had some baggage. Literally! […]

7 Unexpected (but Worthwhile) Headaches of Becoming a Homeowner

There’s a reason they call homeownership the American dream. We save and save just for the hope of one day having a place to really, truly call our own—a space to decorate how we want, to grow our family, and to create memories. But for all its upsides, homeownership comes with its fair share of headaches. […]

5 Tips Real Estate Investors Need to Know to Find Good Deals

With real estate prices reaching ever-higher highs in large swaths of the country, the availability of deeply discounted properties is drying up. And that means it’s getting tougher for real estate investors and home flippers to find great deals worthy of their time and cash. “There are fewer foreclosures to buy, but there’s more interest in buying foreclosures,” […]

How to Make a Backup Offer on a Sale-Pending Home

If you think a home marked “sale pending” is off-limits, think again. Yes, this label means that the buyer and seller have negotiated an accepted purchase contract, but things happen—and sales can fall through. For that reason, there’s no harm in making a backup offer. “If a buyer is in love with a particular home […]

How Much Are Mortgage Fees? The Costs That Come With Your Loan

When shopping for a home, it seems like there’s something to pay for at every step of the way. To get your mortgage approved—thereby allowing you to actually buy your house—you’ll have to pay mortgage fees. The most common mortgage fees also fall under the umbrella of closing costs, those expenses you pay when you close […]

What Are Property Disclosure Statements? Info Buyers Need to Know

No matter how great a home looks at first glance, a host of problems could be hiding right under that fresh coat of paint—which is why buyers will want to scrutinize certain paperwork they’ll receive called property disclosure statements. Property disclosure statements essentially outline any flaws that the home sellers (and their real estate agents) are aware of […]