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.


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.

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.

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?

Regardless of the careful consideration most of us put into the decision to buy a home, circumstances have forced many people into foreclosure. But it's the last thing your lender wants to do. So how can you avoid losing your home?

Foreclosures aren't pretty, and you may feel that you've exhausted all your options to save your home. Luckily, there's an alternative that may provide that final-hour solution: a short sale. Why would you choose a short sale over a foreclosure?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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?

A foreclosure is when a mortgage lender takes over a borrower's property due to missed payments. Learn how the government is trying to prevent foreclosures in this article.

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

Listing agents help you find the right buyer for your house. Learn the best way to work with an agent in this article.

You can shop for pretty much anything online, including a new home. Find the best real estate Web sites in this article.

Purchasing a new home is an exciting and expensive experience. Learn how to figure out how much you can afford in this article.

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

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.

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.

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.

After viewing a dozen or more homes while shopping around for the perfect house, it’s hard to remember the details about each property. Learn about tips for viewing a house from this article.

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.

When you make an offer on a house, the actual amount of money you agree to put down is only one component of the offer; there are other considerations that should be voiced as well. Learn about tips for making an offer on a house from this article.

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.