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What to Look for When Shopping for a Home

Buying your first home is a time-consuming and complex process. You have to research mortgages, programs for first-time homebuyers, potential locations and sellers. Falling in love with a house isn't enough: you must make sure that you will be able to afford it and that it suits all your needs.

How to Find a Home When Relocating to Another State - exploreB2B

Relocating to another state is not an easy task. Finding a home for you and your family without being familiar with the area can be really tough. This article offers some advice that will help. Finding the perfect home for you and your family can be an overwhelming process.

How to Make Sure You Meet Your Mortgage Payments Every Month

Missing a mortgage payment has a negative effect on your credit score. This article offers some useful advice on how to avoid being late with your payments. Missing your mortgage payments has dire effects on your financial health. Your credit report reflects missed payments, which affect your credi...

Circumstances When Renting in Boston Makes More Sense Than Buying - RollandOsteen Blog -

Nationally, owning a home can turn out to be less expensive than renting. However, for Bostonians, sometimes renting makes more sense. This article offers some examples of circumstances when buying isn't recommended. Check it out to see if any of these circumstances apply to you.

What to Look for When Buying a Vacation Home

A vacation home is a luxury not many Americans can afford. However, if you're one of the lucky few, there are certain things to consider before making the purchase. Check out this article to find ou...

ARMs and the Plan: Why We Got an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

I've been obsessing over whether to buy or rent an apartment over the last several months. But after renting for eight years, my wife and I finally decided that buying an apartment in New York City made sense for us.

5 myths about selling your home

Seems everyone has advice to offer about the real estate market. Unfortunately, not all that unsolicited information is true. Misinformation can waste your time and cost you money. When it comes time to list your home, you'll need to do your research so you can separate fact from fiction.

For-Sale Cabins, Like Those on 'American Dream Builders'

By Catherine Sherman Ready to put on your hiking boots and head to the mountains? Leading designers and builders renovated historic cabins in the latest episode of NBC's reality show " American Dream Builders." The classic American getaway represents a simpler way of life where families can gather and enjoy the great outdoors.

Tips on How to Find the Perfect First Apartment

The first time you move out on your own, you'll likely experience a wide array of feelings: excitement, fear, frustration, anticipation, and joy. In order to ensure that the search for your first place runs smoothly, check out this article for a few useful tips.

Closing on a Mortgage Is About to Get Much Simpler

By Christine DiGangi A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outlines the biggest challenges consumers face when finalizing a mortgage: They're confused, frustrated and feeling pressured to sign documents they haven't had a chance to read.

10 Things That Put Off Potential Homebuyers

By Brendon DeSimone As real estate markets continue to recover around the country, buyers are out in full force. Many of today's buyers make judgments about homes within moments of seeing a listing online. They are also more cautious than before the housing crisis.

Housing starts up sharply; permits highest since 2008

Credit: Reuters/Steve Dipaola Sold homes are seen in the southwest area of Portland, Oregon March 20, 2014. The Commerce Department said on Friday groundbreaking increased 13.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.07 million units, the highest level since November 2013. Starts rose by a revised 2.0 percent in March.

Homeowners Insurance: How to Know If You Need More Coverage

Most homeowners keep track of changes in the estimated value of their homes. If the estimate increases, does it mean you should increase the limits of your home insurance coverage to accommodate the hike? The quick answer -- maybe, maybe not. Why the hedge? It depends on why the value of your home has increased.

Rent or Buy? The Answer May Lie in Where You Want to Live

Location is weighing more heavily on the choice between buying and renting, according to new real-estate data. The latest reports from the Census Bureau have fueled concerns over a sudden slowdown in housing activity. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its mortgage application index is down 12 percent year-over-year, although it recovered 3.6 percent compared to last week.

Keys to a great relocation: 1. Get 2 or 3 written quotes, from established, local reputable movers, who made the effort to come and see your items in person. Do NOT trust a phone quote, or verbal agreement - ever! 2. BE HONEST with your sales rep.

Tips for Renting Your First Off-Campus Place in Boston - Shirlene Pickard's Knowledge Blog

Ready to move off-campus? If so, we should warn you - Boston's rents are some of the highest in the country. If you have a limited budget, you'll need a

What I learned from test-driving my mortgage budget

It's been more than a decade since I graduated from college and moved out on my own. In that time, I've been a renter, a home buyer, and a home seller. And despite all of the complexities that are part of the home-buying process, the most important piece of advice I'd ever received was simple: Simulate the cost of homeownership for three months before you buy.

How to Reduce Stress When Shopping for a House

Buying a home can be an extremely stressful process. From finding the perfect house to closing the deal, home-buyers go through a wide-range of emotions and hurdles. Check out this article for some useful tips on how to relieve stress if you're on the market for a new home.

Survey Reveals First-Time Homebuyers' Biggest Regrets

Virginia real estate agent Bic DeCaro has a psychology degree that comes in handy when she's showing homes, especially to first-time homebuyers. They get emotional. They fall in love. They get caught up in bidding wars they can't afford. They make mistakes. "The big thing is buying for the moment and not looking down the road," she said.

4 Common Ways Home-Sellers Kill a Deal

When it comes to getting the best price on their home in a short amount of time, sometimes sellers can be their own worst enemy. "It's a common occurrence where a seller says something that kills the deal or discourages the buyers from moving forward," says Pej Barlavi, owner of Barlavi Realty in New York City.

Why the All-Cash Buyer Still Rules the Real Estate Market | Know eXcellence in Personal Computing

Even as the share of all-cash sales falls in many areas, it's pretty clear that cash is still king, especially at the lower end of the market. This makes it more difficult for traditional buyers to compete with cash offers, especially in a tight inventory environment.

What to Expect When Moving to Boston

What to Expect When Moving to Boston Relocating to Boston? Great! New England's capital is a wonderful city to live in, but it will take you some time to learn how to get around. Check out this article for some useful tips to get you started.

4 costs new homeowners must plan for - MSN Real Estate

There are more things to pay for than just the down payment. By AJ Smith, Moving We all know that buying a home is a huge financial decision that requires adequate funds and thorough research. But there's more to owning a home than just buying it.

How to Pay Off an Ex-Spouse When Seeking a Mortgage

Stuck paying for a house that's no longer yours? Buying your spouse out of a property can be dicey, especially if both parties disagree with one another on the debt and equity objectives. So here are some ways to separate and pay off an ex-spouse when getting a mortgage.

Tired of competing with cash buyers? Buy in these 10 cities - MSN Real Estate

These markets have the fewest home sale to real estate investors and all-cash buyers.

  • Lydia Peters is a Huston-based freelance writer with over seven years of experience. She mostly covers technology, social media and finance, but doesn’t stay away from subjects like green business and science.

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