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Home Buying

6 Reasons to Take Out a Smaller Mortgage Than You Qualify For

NerdWallet | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business

By Michael Burge Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, being approved for a larger-than-expected mortgage can be intoxicating. But qua...

Renovation Shows Have it All Wrong

Melissa Terzis | Posted 07.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Melissa Terzis

I believe in 1970’s parenting. This means if my kids aren’t at the playground then they’re in front of the TV. (Don’t judge.) We’re big Pep...

Two Things You Need to Know About Homeowners Associations

NerdWallet | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business

By Michael Burge Owning a home isn't always a happily-ever-after story. On any given day, you might deal with a leaky roof, a weedy lawn or a bad nei...

Make Buying a Home Easier With 3 Smart Money Moves Now

NerdWallet | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business

By Deborah Kearns If you're fresh out of college and settling in at your first or second job, homeownership might be out of sight, out of mind. But t...

LGBT Housing Discrimination: How to Spot It and What to Do

NerdWallet | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business

By Michael Burge Helping LGBT people combat housing discrimination doesn't make you immune from it. Just ask Jeff Hammerberg, CEO and founder of GayR...

Homebuyer Education: The First Step to Buying a Home

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The purchase of a home is among the biggest financial decisions people will make in a lifetime. Taking a qualified homebuying class will do more than ...

What to Expect From a Home Inspection

NerdWallet | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business

By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP A home inspection is a lot like a test-driving a new car, only better. Instead of just punching the accelerator and a few das...

14 Secrets About Buying A Home You Probably Haven't Thought Of

Quora | Posted 06.03.2016 | HuffPost Home

What are good tips for buying a house? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people ...

Making an Offer on a House: Put It All in Writing

NerdWallet | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business

By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP You've found a house you love, and now you're ready to make an offer. This is where the process really begins to get serious ...

How To Refinance Everything In Your Life

Trulia | Posted 05.11.2016 | HuffPost Home

Let's play a little word-association game. What comes to mind when you hear the word "refinance"? If you answered "mortgages," you're not alone.

The Best Month To Sell A House, According To A New Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 04.05.2016 | HuffPost Home

Just like there's a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there's a specific month when you should try to sell your house: May. In a new study, researchers...

Don't Be a Financial Fool

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Ralph Nader

Being "financially literate" means more than knowing the difference between a stock and a bond -- it means understanding that businesses go for their bottom line before they watch out for your pocketbook.

Nation's Housing Markets Appear to Have Learned a Lesson

Ken Johnson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Business
Ken Johnson

After months of seemingly becoming overheated, the nation's housing markets are now showing welcome signs of leveling off, which should remove warnings of possible hard landings in some cities.

8 Things Your Home Inspector Won't Inspect

Trulia | Posted 02.19.2016 | HuffPost Home

Inspection day is exciting. Besides running all the faucets, testing the appliances, and peeling back that shag carpet to check for hardwood (fingers ...

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. And that's ...

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, there's one questi...

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 07.23.2016 | 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 07.17.2016 | 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 07.15.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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.