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Buying or selling a home is a big move and can be stressful. We have tips and in-depth articles on everything from mortgages to home equity loans.

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How Multiple Listing Services Works

When you buy or sell a house, you'll probably encounter a multiple listing service. But some agents are concerned because people sidestep them and instead use the multiple listing services to share information.

How Home Sales By Owner Works

For Sale By Owner signs are popping up all over the place. More and more people are sidestepping real estate agents and selling homes on their own. Some sellers save thousands of dollars this way.

How Housing Cooperatives Work

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?

10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

Buying your first home can be a dream come true, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Realistic planning is key to avoiding the pitfalls that await first-time homebuyers.

How Real Estate Property Taxes Work

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 is color psychology -- and can it help you sell your home?

Whether it's the inviting blue of a clear summer sky or the cold, impersonal gray of a waiting room, color can actually have a psychological and physical impact on us. But is the impact enough to sell your home?

How Section 8 Housing Works

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.

How Rent-to-own Homes Work

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.

Real Estate Pictures

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.

How NACA Works

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?

What's the No. 1 reason for foreclosure?

Foreclosure is a frightening and increasingly common scenario in which homeowners lose their home because they can't make their mortgage payment. Why is this scenario playing out in a neighborhood near you?

Why is southern exposure so sought after in the city?

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?

How House Moving Works

Do you want to buy a house for $1? You can, if you're willing to pick it up, haul it somewhere else and finance the whole move. But is house moving more of a headache than a bargain?

How Home Staging Works

Home staging isn't decorating -- it's more like depersonalizing your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers.

How House Flipping Works

House flipping is buying a house or property and selling it for a profit. If everything works, you could make out well. But if something goes wrong, you could be stuck with an extra mortgage payment.

How Subprime Mortgages Work

Subprime mortgages allow people with a weak or limited credit history to purchase a house. Some people say that subprime lenders prey on minorities, while others claim that subprime lending is why the housing bubble has burst.

How Selling a House Works

Selling a house is a complicated process, no matter how good the real estate market is. Whether you're a first-time home seller or not, you probably have a bunch of questions.

How REITs Work

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

How Homeowners Insurance Works

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.

How Buying a House Works

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?

How Mortgages Work

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.

How Home Equity Loans Work

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.

What is the difference between a house, a mobile home, a condominium, a co-op and a townhouse?

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?