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Can you buy your own home at a foreclosure auction?

Sometimes, as people in foreclosure watch their homes slip away, they wonder if they should try to bid on their own home during the auction. Can they actually do this? Legally, yes, but they'll have some major hurdles ahead.

10 Paint Colors to Help Sell Your Home

First impressions are everything when selling your home, and it's critical that your decor puts the house's best foot forward. So, what are some paint colors that can help with the sale?

10 Tips to Keep In Mind at Foreclosure Auctions

In 2010, 2.87 million properties received default notices, went up for auction or were repossessed -- a perfect storm for anyone wanting to buy a home at a foreclosure auction. What do you need to know before attending such an auction?

10 Reasons Not to Buy a House

Since the housing bubble burst and prices dropped, many people are saying it's a great time to buy a house. However, there are a lot of responsibilities that go along with homeownership. Why wouldn't you want to buy a house?

Are you ever too old to buy your first home?

As you get closer to retirement age, it might feel like it's too late to buy a home. While this might be true in some cases, there are times when it still makes sense to buy. But are you ever too old to buy your first house?

How can you apply for Section 8 Housing?

The Section 8 waiting lists are long and almost impossible to get on. So how exactly do you apply for Section 8 housing?

Top 10 Things to Look for to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

There's no point in falling for a house in a neighborhood you can't stand. And if you realize after you move that the area's not for you, it's too late. Find out what to look for to find the perfect neighborhood before you look for your next house.

What's the one thing you should do before choosing a neighborhood?

Choosing a new neighborhood is a huge decision. And if there's one thing you should do to ensure you make the right choice it's your homework -- and that includes everything from online research to in-person visits.

10 Private Islands We Wish We Could Afford

For most of us, the dream of buying an island is just that -- a dream. But if you're having fun pretending, or you've actually lucked out and inherited a ton of cash, check out these 10 secluded isles. Trust us, they're all over-the-top.

How do you buy a private island?

Maybe you've recently won the lottery and are in the market for a private island. Now you have no idea where to begin. Read on to learn everything you need to know about buying your own island getaway.

5 Requirements for Applying for Section 8 Housing

Section 8 has been an economic lifeline for millions by helping them pay for safe, clean housing. But what exactly are the requirements, and who is eligible?

10 Things to Know Before Buying a Vacant Lot

Buying a vacant lot can be complicated -- not to mention expensive. There are several things you should know before you make such a major purchase. We've outlined 10 of them to help simplify the process.

How do you choose a vacant lot?

Choosing land can be a lot more difficult than choosing a house. Find out how to locate and select the right lot -- and avoid any surprises that could trip you up down the road.

Why would you sue your co-op board?

It's reasonable to feel slighted when a co-op board rejects your application or oversteps the bounds of its written rules. But do you have a valid reason to sue the co-op board?

10 Signs an Agent Is No Good at Selling Houses

It's hard enough to sell a house right now without being stuck with a less-than-desirable real estate agent. What are some signs that an agent may not have the skills to sell your house?

10 Deed Restrictions That Could Ruin Your Dream Home

Believe it or not, but a deed restriction could be the roadblock to your dream home. But what exactly are some of the most common ones, and how can they sideline your big build?

10 Tips for Developing Raw Land

Maybe you've seen ads for raw land at low prices and think this could be a good investment. Before you buy any, read our 10 tips so you won't be left high and dry with some useless swampland.

How does groundwater level affect your development plans?

Most of the water we drink and use is groundwater coming from rain or snow that has collected in the ground. The groundwater level on your land can impact the type of house, complex or well you're planning to build. We'll show you how.

Is there any way to get out of a restrictive covenant?

Restrictive covenants help enforce standards and uniformity in neighborhoods. But they can also ban you from building fences, adding a pool and even cutting down trees. So how can you get out a restrictive covenant?

10 Surefire Ways to Get Rejected by a Co-op Board

There are many sneaky pitfalls that can hurt your chances of being accepted by a co-op board, because they have the legal right to be rather arbitrary. What are some things that might cause the board to reject you?

What should I do if I think my agent can't sell my home?

You've hired a real estate agent, and you're well into the selling process, but things aren't going well. What can you do if you're worried that your agent might not be able to sell your home after all?

Do you have to get a home value appraisal?

Do you have to get a home value appraisal? In most cases the answer is yes. Find out when you do and when you don't.

10 Factors in Your Home Appraisal

The value a home appraiser sets can make or break the sale of your home. So what can you do to assure your home appraises at the price you want?

10 Tips for Pricing Your Home

Pricing your home for sale can be tricky. When looking at such high numbers, it's easy to be blasé about 10k here or there. On the flip side, you don't want to price your home out of the market entirely. So how do you set a price for your home?

10 Tips for Staging Your Home

Home staging is the process of transforming your house from a home into a show-worthy work of art. It can reduce time on the market and add to your eventual takeaway. So what's the best way to stage your home?


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