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.

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The mortgage crisis has forced many homeowners into foreclosure, and this comes with an added risk: Con artists use a variety of fraud schemes that target the people and lenders involved in foreclosure. What are some examples of this fraud?

By Matt Cunningham

When you apply for a mortgage, the value of the home must first be determined by an appraiser. Learn what home appraisals take into account in this article.

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REITs generate income from real estate, and distribute dividends to the shareholders. Learn how REITs make money in this article.

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Shareholders in REITs receive dividends on a regular basis, which can provide a steady income. Learn how a REIT investment yields dividends in this article.

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You can invest in real estate without buying a property yourself. Learn about the pros and cons of REITs from this article.

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The Federal Housing Administration changed the way Americans buy their homes.

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A certificate of appropriateness must be issued by a historic preservation committee to approve any additions or changes to a building in a historic district. Learn about certificates of appropriateness in this article.

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A sandwich family is a family in which a couple is "sandwiched" between their young children and their aging parents. Learn about sandwich families in this article

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The two basic categories of houseboats are cruising and non-cruising. Learn about the different categories of houseboats in this article.

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Sometimes, as people in foreclosure watch their homes slip away, they wonder if they should try to bid on their own home during the auction. Can they actually do this? Legally, yes, but they'll have some major hurdles ahead.

By Denise Harrison

In 2010, 2.87 million properties received default notices, went up for auction or were repossessed -- a perfect storm for anyone wanting to buy a home at a foreclosure auction. What do you need to know before attending such an auction?

By Denise Harrison

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The Section 8 waiting lists are long and almost impossible to get on. So how exactly do you apply for Section 8 housing?

By John Perritano

There's no point in falling for a house in a neighborhood you can't stand. And if you realize after you move that the area's not for you, it's too late. Find out what to look for to find the perfect neighborhood before you look for your next house.

By Danielle Fisher

Choosing a new neighborhood is a huge decision. And if there's one thing you should do to ensure you make the right choice it's your homework -- and that includes everything from online research to in-person visits.

By Danielle Fisher

Maybe you've recently won the lottery and are in the market for a private island. But you have no idea where to begin. We'll tell you everything you need to know about buying your own island getaway.

By Beth Brindle

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Section 8 has been an economic lifeline for millions by helping them pay for safe, clean housing. But what exactly are the requirements, and who is eligible?

By John Perritano

Buying a vacant lot can be complicated, not to mention expensive. There are several things you should know before you make such a major purchase. We've outlined 10 of them to help simplify the process.

By Wesley Fenlon

Choosing land can be a lot more difficult than choosing a house. Find out how to locate and select the right lot -- and avoid any surprises that could trip you up down the road.

By Wesley Fenlon

It's reasonable to feel slighted when a co-op board rejects your application or oversteps the bounds of its written rules. But do you have a valid reason to sue the co-op board?

By Garth Sundem

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Believe it or not, but a deed restriction could be the roadblock to your dream home. But what exactly are some of the most common ones, and how can they sideline your big build?

By Matt Sailor

Maybe you've seen ads for raw land at low prices and think this could be a good investment. Before you buy any, read our 10 tips so you won't be left high and dry with some useless swampland.

By Jodie Schneider

Most of the water we drink and use is groundwater coming from rain or snow that has collected in the ground. The groundwater level on your land can impact the type of house, complex or well you're planning to build. We'll show you how.

By Jodie Schneider

Restrictive covenants help enforce standards and uniformity in neighborhoods. But they can also ban you from building fences, adding a pool and even cutting down trees. So how can you get out a restrictive covenant?

By Matt Sailor

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There are many sneaky pitfalls that can hurt your chances of being accepted by a co-op board, because they have the legal right to be rather arbitrary. What are some things that might cause the board to reject you?

By Garth Sundem

It's true that anyone can shop for a house, and even get a peek inside, without formally signing on with a real estate agent. But what are some of the benefits of using an agent to buy your new home?

By Rebecca Fairley Raney