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Buying a House

What I Learned From Buying My First Home

Betterment.com | Posted 11.04.2014 | Money
Betterment.com

Our first-house story is an age-old tale: My husband and I were priced out of Brooklyn after the birth of our son. By the time he was 2 years old, we desperately needed to move from our one-bedroom apartment to something larger.

Buy Or Rent? And Where To Park Your Down Payment Until You Decide?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

While the general rise in home prices across the country has a lot of folks thinking about buying, I always counsel taking a step back and looking beyond the numbers. That's because home ownership is as much personal as it is financial.

9 Things to Ignore When House Hunting

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.28.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

Looking for a new home can be a challenge, especially when you walk into someone's for-sale home and 20 years of their lives are on display. You have to really use your imagination to determine how you can that particular home 'yours.'

It's Open House Season! Here's the Essential Check List for All Your Home Tours

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.18.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Open houses are an exciting adventure, but have their own set of rules. You need to follow them in order to turn open house shopping into a dream house purchase.

Ways to Impress a Mortgage Lender

MyBankTracker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

With the CFPB's new Ability-to-Repay rule and lenders still leery after the real estate crash, how can you best show a mortgage lender that you can handle a home loan?

What to Do if Your Credit Score Is Not Good Enough for a Mortgage

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
MyBankTracker

As the housing bubble was growing, many Americans with low credit scores were able to benefit from a variety of housing loans. However, the boom led to the bust that followed, and financing a new home purchase through a bank with subpar credit has become far more difficult.

WATCH: Don't Buy A House Without These Expert Tips

Posted 11.03.2013 | HuffPost Home

Buying a home can be thrilling, but before you let emotion get the best of you (and the huge investment you're about to make), experts say there are a...

Is This The New Relationship Deal-Breaker?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I know young couples who ended things because one of them wanted kids and the other didn't. Homeownership is the same kind of deal breaker. It speaks to lifestyle choices, values and what things you're willing to sacrifice for.

What Single Women Are Doing More Than Single Men

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.10.2013 | Women

All the single ladies... are buying houses? According to the National Association of Realtors' 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, single wome...

The Emotional Side of Homebuying

Michele Serro | Posted 08.26.2013 | HuffPost Home
Michele Serro

Homebuying is an inherently emotional experience and brings with it feelings that don't always serve our best interest in the heat of decision-making.

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now! (PHOTOS)

Marianne Cusato | Posted 07.22.2013 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

You hunt and search and tour and tour. Then you make a move and live happily ever after... or so the story is suppose to go.

Down Payment Debate Flares Again

Peter G. Miller | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Peter G. Miller

For months the real estate industry has been complaining about a shortage of homes to sell, an inventory which is too small. Raise down payment requirements and the inventory problem will vanish while home prices will fall. Why? Because there will be fewer buyers in the market looking for homes.

LOOK: 6 Homes That Cost The Same As A Car

Posted 03.14.2013 | HuffPost Home

Buying a house is a process that involves a lot of patience, research and typically a very large financial investment. But as our friends over at Zill...

Single And Buying A Home? Read This First

Michael Corbett | Posted 03.17.2013 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

More single homebuyers are entering the real estate market than ever before.

Buying a Home Is 45% Cheaper Than Renting

Jed Kolko | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

Buying may beat renting in every major metro by a wide margin, saving consumers thousands of dollars a year, but buying still remains out of reach for many would-be homeowners.

Rent vs. Buy: What the Standard Indices Aren't Telling You

Dr. Stan Humphries | Posted 10.02.2012 | Money
Dr. Stan Humphries

Rent or buy? It's a popular topic, and plenty of experts are quick to trot out a simple rent vs. buy index and tell you that if you live in, say, San Francisco, you should be renting, while if you live in Detroit, buying makes more sense.

Ask the Readers: Should I Buy a New House?

J.D. Roth | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

If you were in this position -- your only debt was your mortgage, you had ample emergency savings, and you had an extra chunk of cash -- what would you do?

The Weather Makes Us Buy Things We Shouldn't Buy

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business

If it's hot while you're looking for a house to buy, beware. You may end up spending more than you should. Abnormal weather makes shoppers more irr...

'We Found Our First Ever Dream Home..Then Sellers Backed Out'

The Huffington Post | AS TOLD TO NICOLE GUZZARDI | Posted 03.17.2013 | HuffPost Home

When a family shops for their first home it can be both exhilarating and…stressful. This was especially true for Kristen, 32 years old, and her husb...

12 Cities Where Buying A Home Is Cheaper Than Renting

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.21.2012 | Money

If you want to save money on rent, you may want to buy a house. Purchasing a home is far cheaper than renting in 12 U.S. cities, according to Busin...

I Want More Kids, He Doesn't!

The Mouthy Housewives | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
The Mouthy Housewives

We checked out our first house today and in front of the realtor my wonderful husband dropped a bombshell: A two-bedroom house would be fine, since we were not having any more children.

McMansions Are Back! Sorta

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.07.2012 | Money

Could the housing boom days of outrageous McMansions be making a comeback? At first glance, new data point to yes. The average size of a newly buil...

A Surprising Consequence Of Homeownership

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

Decades of promoting homeownership may have stifled the U.S. economy. That's the implication of a new study, which found that owning a home makes p...

The 'Very Sluggish' Housing Market Recovery

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

(Adds details, market reaction, quote) NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) - U.S. single-family home prices edged higher in March, the second m...

The BIG Sacrifice I Made To Have My Fairytale Wedding

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.18.2012 | Weddings
Natalie Thomas

You couldn't put a price on my dreams. And, while, those visions included all that he presented: the house, the kids and the financial security, the wedding was also on that list and weddings trump all, at least in little girl's and engaged young women's minds.