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Moving a house is a delicate process. Learn more about what is involved in moving a house from this article.

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A reverse mortgage is a loan you can borrow against your home without having to pay it back as long as you live there. Learn about the different kinds of reverse mortgages in this article.

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Reverse mortgages can be a great way for seniors to translate their home equity into cash, but they have their downside too. Learn about the pros and cons of reverse mortgages in this article.

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More than 17 million Americans live in manufactured homes. What do they know that the rest of us don't? Read on to find out the 10 advantages of a manufactured home.

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Foreclosing on a home involves several steps, disclosures and legal filings. Much like a purchase, the process can be long and stressful. So how do these complex transactions leave the door open for fraud?

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Slowly, the manufactured home is gaining respect. Could it be because the houses, with all their perks and benefits, are less expensive than traditional homes, too?

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The mortgage crisis has forced many homeowners into foreclosure, and this comes with an added risk: Con artists use a variety of fraud schemes that target the people and lenders involved in foreclosure. What are some examples of this fraud?

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A home inspection before you buy can save you a lot of money and grief. Learn if home inspections are really necessary from this article

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Home inspections cover plumbing, foundation, construction and more. Learn more about what should be on a home inspection checklist from this article.

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Two big chunks of closing costs are the down payment and the lawyer's fees. Learn about what's included in typical closing costs in this article.

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When you apply for a mortgage, the value of the home must first be determined by an appraiser. Learn what home appraisals take into account in this article.

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Your mortgage depends on the property value determined by the home appraisal. Sometimes the appraisal is lower than the asking price. Learn what you can do if you get a low home appraisal from this article.

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There are several categories of REITs, depending on how they are purchased and the kind of investments they make. Learn what the different REITs are in this article.

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REITs generate income from real estate, and distribute dividends to the shareholders. Learn how REITs make money in this article.

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Shareholders in REITs receive dividends on a regular basis, which can provide a steady income. Learn how a REIT investment yields dividends in this article.

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You can invest in real estate without buying a property yourself. Learn about the pros and cons of REITs from this article.

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You can move a house for a variety of reasons. Learn why anyone would move an entire house from this article.

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You can take your house with you if you have to change living locations. Learn about whether it's expensive to move a house from this article.

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If you did your homework before getting your pet, you probably budgeted out how much per year it would cost you. But did you realize simply owning an animal can reduce your home's value?

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Selling a home is hard enough, but selling a home with pet damage is even more difficult. So before you list your home, there are several repairs you definitely have to make before buyers ever step foot inside.

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If you can't afford to buy a home right now, you do have other options.

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The Federal Housing Administration changed the way Americans buy their homes.

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A certificate of appropriateness must be issued by a historic preservation committee to approve any additions or changes to a building in a historic district. Learn about certificates of appropriateness in this article.

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Universal design is a method of designing a home so that aesthetics and function can coexist. Learn about universal design in this article.

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