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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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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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A short sale is accomplished when a bank accepts an offer lower than the amount owed by the homeowner, and this can lead to a deal for an investor.

By Denise Harrison

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

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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

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

A pre-foreclosure strategy called a short sale means foreclosure can be avoided and the auction gavel need not lower on your home. But will this process ruin your credit?

By Denise Harrison

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

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Get a permit, advertise and set up your merchandise attractively when getting ready to have a yard sale. Learn how to have a yard sale in this article.

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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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Price garage sale items at between 10 and 30 percent of their retail value. Learn about how to price garage sale items in this article.

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The process of purchasing a home through NACA includes several months of counseling. You can learn more about how NACA mortgage consultants operate from this article.

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Unfortunately, many people have fallen prey to predatory loan practices and have lost their homes and savings to the banks. Learn how NACA raises awareness of these issues and helps fight for borrowers in this article.

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Even when you still have money to pay on your mortgage, you may be able to borrow from the bank with your home as collateral. Learn how to calculate your home equity in this article.

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You may be able to borrow money based on the equity, or worth, of your home. Learn about the possibility of a home equity credit line in this article.

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Realtors only get paid after they’ve completed the sale or purchase of a property. You can learn more about the factors that affect a Realtor’s commission in this article.

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Landlords usually advertise their properties and meet with potential renters. Learn how landlords find renters 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

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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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One tip for a successful do-it-yourself home staging project is to solicit the opinions of friends and family about what the staging should focus on. You can learn more about whether you really need a home staging professional in 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

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

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Housing cooperatives offer benefits that make them an attractive option for many people. Learn what the benefits of housing cooperatives are in this article.

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