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Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays

MoneyTips | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business

Few people like to uproot their family and go through the stresses of home buying and moving during the holidays, but for those who do not mind, the holiday season may provide home buying bargains.

It's An Open House -- Of Horrors!

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.15.2015 | Weird News

That'll teach them to home-hunt before Halloween. Watch these unsuspecting buyers attend an open house that turns spooky, then terrifying. A...

What To Ask When You're Buying A House According To 'Million Dollar Listing' Stars

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.30.2015 | HuffPost Home

There's plenty to ask when scoping out a home for purchase, but according to "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" star Josh Altman...

10 U.S. Cities on Fire and How to Stay Cool in Them

HomeAdvisor | Posted 09.21.2015 | HuffPost Home

What makes certain ZIP codes "hot" compared to others? As of 2015, the 10 have key aspects in common that attract homebuyers. Eight are located within metro areas with thriving economies, while the other two are within metro areas with growing economies.

10 Best States to Get a Mortgage Loan

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.23.2015 | Money

GOBankingRates ranked all 50 states based on the local rates offered on 15- and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) in the first quarter of 2015, weighted with the average home listing price in the state.

10 Open House Red Flags To Watch Out For Before Buying A Home

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.20.2015 | HuffPost Home

Summer is the prime time for moving and new home purchases. Certain warning signs during an open house, however, should have you questioning a property. As you embark on your open house adventures this summer, watch out for these red flags to avoid buying a money pit.

Why Your 40s Are a Good Time to Downsize Your Home

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business

If you downsize in your 40s, and invest that $75,000 in a portfolio with a mix of stocks and bonds with a 6.5 percent annual rate of return, it could grow to nearly $250,000 over 20 years.

From New York Real Estate Experts: 5 Secret Ways to Make Money on Your Home

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.11.2015 | HuffPost Home

Summertime, and the living is easy. If only the same could be said about selling your New York home.

10 Best States for First-Time Homebuyers

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business

Buying a home is a financial goal that has been delayed for many Americans thanks to the recent recession. With the economy continuing to strengthen in 2015, however, many wannabe homeowners have decided it's time to buy their first homes.

We Found And Bought A Hoarder's House

Susan Fogwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | HuffPost Home
Susan Fogwell

In June, 2014, John and I stopped in a couple of real estate agencies looking for a fixer-upper on the main line of Philadelphia. Usually, good fixer-uppers in great areas are sold by real estate agents to a builder or contractor on the QT and before anyone else knows they're up for grabs.

Waiving Contingencies to Compete in a Seller's Market

Melissa Terzis | Posted 04.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
Melissa Terzis

As spring progresses, the real estate market continues to be competitive. Buyers are doing all sorts of things to get houses beyond writing a "pick me" letter. In some cases, the risks they are taking are tough to justify.

5 Things Millennials Should Consider Before Buying A Home

Graham Ober | Posted 09.24.2015 | Money
Graham Ober

Even if your credit score isn't up to snuff or the costs seem to high right now, you can get your finances into better shape before you try to buy your first home.

10 Mistakes You're Making When Starting Your Home Search (And How To Avoid Them)

Posted 12.19.2014 | HuffPost Home

Studies show that only majorly depressing life events -- think death of a family member, losing a job or getting a divorce -- outweigh the stressful d...

Factor Your Lifestyle Into Your Budget | Posted 01.20.2015 | Money

Looking at sprawling villas in the suburbs and 2,000-square-foot condos in the middle of downtown is one thing. How much home you can afford may be entirely different.

7 Biggest Home Buying Mistakes | Posted 11.11.2014 | HuffPost Home

Whether you're a first-time buyer or you've been around the block a few times, there are certain home buying mistakes that trip people up time and time again.

Minorities Are Driving U.S. Home Sales

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business

By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - Minorities will account for more than one-third of U.S. households by 2025 and make up...

International House Hunters Shifting from Vacation Areas to Urban Neighborhoods

Jed Kolko | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany remain the top three countries outside the U.S. for home searches. But Brazil has pushed up to 4th place, jumping ahead of India, Mexico, and Australia.

6 Seller Secrets for This Summer's Real Estate Market

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Each year, it seems the housing market takes on a different tone. Sometimes it's going to be a sellers' market with inflated prices and bidding wars, and sometimes a buyers' market with tons of choices and low prices.

The Housing Recovery Needs More Than Just Rising Prices

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and lo...

Protecting Homebuyers In The New Year

David S. Bunton | Posted 03.23.2014 | Money
David S. Bunton

A home purchase is often the largest financial decision of your life. Protecting yourself requires, above all, a solid understanding of the valuation methods out there so that you can ask the right questions.

6 "Aggressive" Home Buying Tactics That People Are Willing to Use Today

Jed Kolko | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

Rising prices and mortgage rates have forced Americans to downsize their real estate dreams, while determined buyers have multiple worries and are prepared to take desperate measures to buy a home in today's competitive market. So why do they bother?

Rolling Down The House-Hunting Highway

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.12.2013 | HuffPost Home

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How to Sell Your Home and Buy Another at the Same Time | Posted 09.07.2013 | HuffPost Home

There is no right answer in choosing any of these scenarios. Your Realtor may be able to advise which is best, depending on the local market. However, much depends on your financial stability, as well as your tolerance for risk or disruption.

Are You Missing Out on $57,730? Why You Should Refinance Despite Tighter Lending Guidelines

Adrian Nazari | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Adrian Nazari

Although stated (self-reported) income mortgage products are no longer available, lender documentation requirements haven't changed all that much in the past 10 years.

Buying a Home? Smart Tips for Getting a Hassle-Free Mortgage

Adrian Nazari | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Adrian Nazari

With this year's home buying season off to a strong start, due in large part to tight inventories and low interest rates, many prospective homebuyers may find securing financing an obstacle. Here are some tips on how to secure financing to help make the mortgage process easier.