Buying a Home

Buying a home can be a daunting task, no matter how many times you've done it before. Find tips and tricks to finding the perfect house in these articles.


The Beatles' John Lennon belonged to one. Madonna was rejected by one. So was former President Richard Nixon. What are they? Housing cooperatives, known as co-ops. But what are they? And why are they so exclusive?

Growing Equity Mortgages (GEMs) are one way to jumpstart your homeownership dream while quickly building equity. If you can afford increasingly higher payments over the years, a GEM may be right for you.

In medieval Europe, property taxes were based on the size of a piece of land: the larger the piece of land, the higher the real estate property tax. Today, property taxes in the United States are based mostly what's on the land, too.

What do you do when you work, but can't pay the rent? Section 8 is a federal housing assistance program designed to help families overspending on rent. However, families must meet stringent income requirements and can spend years languishing on a waiting list for prized housing vouchers.

So maybe you don't have a great credit history, or you're having trouble coming up with a down payment. Renting to own is one way to become a homeowner -- but it has its pitfalls.

If you own a home or are interested in owning one in the future, take a look at our real estate pictures. See how the market works, what affects it and what it takes to become a homeowner or landlord.

When this non-profit organization isn't storming Wall Street, it's busy hammering out affordable mortgages for low-income and middle-income people. What's the catch?

Real estate agents tend to promote and encourage homes with southern exposure to the sun's rays. Why is this so important for a home?

Investing in income-generating real estate can be a great way to increase your net worth. But for many people, investing in real estate, particularly commercial real estate, is simply out of reach financially. Enter real estate investment trusts, or REITs

Homeowners insurance can help if your home suffers any sort of damage. Find out how homeowners insurance works and how to save money on premiums.

You know that you've stepped up and claimed your piece of the American dream when you finally get the keys to your first home. But how do you get there?

The purchase of a home is the embodiment of the American dream, but the road to home ownership has evolved over the years. Did you know that mortgages didn't even exist until the 1930s? Here, we'll explore what finances the biggest purchase most people will ever make.

Home equity loans can provide you with valuable financial flexibility, so long as the market is stable. Learn about the types of home equity loans and how to get the best rates.

When I look at the real estate section of a newspaper, I see houses, mobile homes, condominiums, co-ops and townhouses. Why do people use all these different words, and is there really a difference in these types of housing?