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.

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.

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

Adjustable-rate mortgages change -- they will go up, but do they go down?

Government-backed home loans may help you buy a home with a discounted mortgage rate.

Comparing home loans can be confusing, but there is a method to the madness.

If you can't afford to buy a home right now, you do have other options.

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

Earning equity in your home can happen slowly or quickly. Learn about fixed mortgage rates and how the differ.

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.

Universal design is a method of designing a home so that aesthetics and function can coexist. Learn about universal design in this article.

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

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

Prefab houses are cheaper than site-built ones because the parts are made on an assembly line; however, there are other financial considerations you should know about. Find out whether prefab houses are affordable in this article.

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.

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?

Since the housing bubble burst and prices dropped, many people are saying it's a great time to buy a house. However, there are a lot of responsibilities that go along with homeownership. Why wouldn't you want to buy a house?

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

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.

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.

For most of us, the dream of buying an island is just that -- a dream. But if you're having fun pretending, or you've actually lucked out and inherited a ton of cash, check out these 10 secluded isles. Trust us, they're all over-the-top.

Maybe you've recently won the lottery and are in the market for a private island. Now you have no idea where to begin. Read on to learn everything you need to know about buying your own island getaway.

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?

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.

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.