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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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The market is still saturated with distressed homes for sales -- homes whose owner is in default on the mortgage. That means they could be a great bargain -- if you know what to look for and what you're up against.

By Matt Sailor

With all of the chaos that comes with moving, you might think that changing your address is insignificant, but it's an important step for keeping at least part of your life running smoothly. We'll help you navigate the process.

By Jodie Schneider

There's a lot to know about buying a distressed property -- one whose owner has defaulted or is about to default on his or her mortgage. So is a short sale or foreclosure right for you?

By Matt Sailor

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The economic downturn and real estate market crash led many homeowners into the distressing process foreclosure. However, for some, there's another option. How can a short sale be better than a foreclosure?

By Matt Cunningham

When you're suddenly unable to keep up with your mortgage payments, a barrage of questions come to mind: What happens next? Will you lose your home? But the most important question is can you stop the foreclosure process?

By Danielle Fisher

So you're ready to purchase a home. But exactly how much should you have saved before you even begin the process? You might be surprised to find out.

By Terri Briseno

How are you supposed to know when buying a home is right for you? That's hard to answer. But one thing is for sure: It's never too early to know what financial factors you need to consider when the time does arrive.

By Terri Briseno

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Being a landlord means you may sometimes want to evict a tenant. Learn about how to evict a tenant in this article.

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Nearly two in five existing homes suffer from some type of major defect. Will your home inspector catch those problems?

By Bambi Turner

In cities across America, street-level homes have come in and out of vogue several times over the years, especially with people seeking an urban lifestyle. What are some important things to know before buying one of these properties?

By Jacob Clifton

Mortgages can become unbearable financial burdens. Learn how to manage your mortgage in a smart way in this article.

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Many factors contribute to a property's desirability. Find out what factors make a house’s location desirable in this article.

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A buyer's agent helps you in your search for a new home. Learn the benefits of hiring a buyer’s agent in this article.

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When purchasing a house, it’s best to use a buyer’s agent who looks out for your interests. Learn more about some tips for dealing with a buyer’s agent from this article.

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You don't want to spend too much on a house, but you don't want to lose the house of your dreams either. Learn how to negotiate the price of a house from this article.

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While it’s not often that a buyer buys a house “sight unseen” over the Internet, you can learn useful information online about a property. Learn more about buying a house online from this article.

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Before you buy a house, it's recommended that you always get a home inspection to weed out any problems. But the inspection doesn't cover everything, so you'll have to be a super sleuth yourself to expose potential issues.

By Sara Elliott

You've discovered a great resort community and had a wonderful time. You'd love to go back whenever you want and enjoy a home there for years, maybe making money in the process. What are some tips for investing in a vacation home?

By Rebecca Fairley Raney

To those who enjoy the life of the city, a garden-level home is not just a dark basement dungeon: It's a whole new view of the world. But what should you look for if you're in the market for a garden-level property?

By Jacob Clifton

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Myriad tax incentives exist at the local, state and federal levels to encourage responsible citizens to pony up the costs of upkeep on historic property. What are some tax benefits you could receive by owning one of these properties?

By Garth Sundem

In the hangover following the crazy lending spree that led to the nation's credit crisis, the banks are sticking to strict standards when it comes to lending. In these tough times, can you afford a vacation home?

By Rebecca Fairley Raney

To apply for a mortgage you need to go to a lender, and the lender does a background check to assess your credit rating. Learn what you need when applying for a mortgage from this article.

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The final stage in buying a home is the closing process. Learn what the closing process for a home sale is in this article.

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Costs for buying a home go beyond the mortgage and down payment. Learn what the extra costs for buying a home are in this article.

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A mortgage is a loan that uses your house as collateral. Learn where the lenders get their money in this article.

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