Which comes first, the down payment or paying back loans? Saving for a down payment can seem daunting while still repaying your student loans, but it can be done.
Be realistic about what your budget constraints are. In this crazy market, you would be wasting time if you are searching for a house way below market value in the middle of the action.
Don't miss the Louis Vuitton luggage set, the 1964 Paul Ostergaard teak valet, the 19th century Chinese vase and cover, the Mexican sterling candelabra, the 1920s Roseville sunflower pot, the antique hand carved Black Forest bear, the 1840s French clock set and the pair of 1970s brass table lamps.
Over the past several years, housing leaders have waited anxiously for the largest generation in our nation's history to settle down, buy homes and breathe new life into our struggling housing market.
Don't miss the antique 1895 sterling punch bowl, the Stig Lindberg tapestry, the 1930s French geisha bookends, the huge Chinese terracotta warrior, the Saarinen for Knoll side table, the 19th century Chinese porcelain garden seat, the Tommy Parzinger for Dorlyn hurricanes, the Milo Baughman side tables and the Albert Gilles copper lamp.
Homeowners across the United States pay taxes on their property to support a variety of local public services. Although millions of Americans pay property taxes each year, many misunderstand how their bill is calculated.
Low interest rates were supposed to be a short-term crutch, but have instead become the staple of a years-long feast for the 1 percent. It's time for the Fed to end the festivities, remove the crutch and let the partiers take their losses so we can move forward as a nation, all 100 percent of us.
Don't miss the Broyhill Chapter One 4-piece bedroom set, the 1933 quilt, the Evelyn Ackerman carved knife holder, the 19th century cast iron candlesticks, the 1950s Royal typewriter, the 1937 Majestic gondola lamp and the Doug Ayers wood vase.
If you are looking to buy a home, be it your forever home or an investment property, don't let a seller's market scare you. This isn't the first seller's market, and it certainly won't be the last.
Don't miss the Chromcraft sofa, the 1930s French figural bird lamp, the Arne Vodder teak coffee table, the C. Jere brass floor lamp, the Dux lounge chair and the mid-century modernist chandelier.
So, you've moved into a new home and you just got your first utility bill. Is it higher than you expected? If so, your HVAC system may be the cause.
Stricken with a cold that never quite goes away, the nation's housing market is stumbling once again. In the fourth quarter of 2014, home values dropped and builder confidence started to erode.
Don't miss the antique Northwood water pitcher, the 1960s submarine model, the shagreen tea caddy, the 1930s Uriano mantel clock, the ancient Greek incense burner, the 1970s brutalist bookends and the Fenton punch bowl with base.
Finding the right house isn't always easy to do. Often times, buying your first home can be a confusing process filled with uncertainty and hidden costs that don't surface until months or even years later. HVAC equipment is often one of those hidden costs.
Don't miss the 1860s French figural cast iron fire dogs, the Hagenauer canoe, the 1960s walnut credenza, the 1920s Marti clock set, the Heisey candelabra, the Modeline lamps, the 19th century urns and the 1962 Kiyoshi Saito woodblock print.
I get a lot of questions regarding the costs of owning a home, typically about saving for a down payment or paying off a mortgage. But homeownership involves numerous other costs that can impact your budget. So as the spring home-buying season gets underway, I thought it would be a good time to step back and look more closely at the ongoing financial realities.