Real Estate

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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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

We wish it were as easy as putting a sign in your front yard and listing the house on the Internet, but selling your home is going to take a little bit more work than that. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to get it ready.

By Sara Elliott

You're interested in purchasing property, but not just any property -- you want something historic. What are some important things to know before you start shopping for a historic property?

By Garth Sundem

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While the name might imply that a short sale is a quick transaction, it can be anything but. "Short" refers to the bank taking a loss on the property, not the amount of time it takes. So why do short sales take longer to close?

By Becky Striepe

Short sales have gotten more common in the past few years, since the real estate bubble popped and banks have become eager to avoid the foreclosure process. What do you need to know about short sales?

By Becky Striepe

Finding out the name of a property's owner is usually fast and easy. Learn about how to find out who owns a property in this article.

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You've organized and advertised your yard sale, but have you considered a garage sale pricing guide? Setting prices in advance will help you sell more and make the day a huge success. Learn how to price garage sale items in this article.

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Rental applications help landlords assess whether or not a prospective tenant will pay the rent on time. Learn about what should be included in a rental application in this article.

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Landlords manage rental properties. What are some of their responsibilities? Learn about landlords in this article from HowStuffWorks.

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Homeowners associations have often been notorious to deal with, especially when it comes to violations or disagreements. So if you want to get the most out of yours, you have to know how to deal with it properly.

By Sarah Alban

As the housing market starts to cool, it becomes tougher to sell a home quickly. You can learn more about the main goal of home staging by reading this article.

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According to home staging professionals, a home’s exterior is what makes the first impression on a prospective homebuyer. You can learn more about ways to enhance a home’s curb appeal by reading this article.

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So you're ready to sell your house? But if you live in a community with a homeowners association, it might not be as simple as putting out a "for sale" sign and waiting on buyers to start rolling in.

By Sarah Alban

Many people find it impossible to continue making their mortgage payments. Learn why most homes get foreclosed from this article.

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You can decide to sell your home without the services of a real estate agent. Learn what the pros and cons of selling your own home are in this article.

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You do have a choice of real estate agents and you don’t have to settle on the first one you meet. Learn about different types of real estate agents from this article.

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Finding affordable housing can be a daunting prospect. But there are still some creative ways you can save money on the cost of putting a roof over your head.

By Matt Sailor