The 3 Traits That Signal a Bad Real Estate Agent

The first step to becoming a homeowner is finding a great real estate agent. He or she is vital to moving you through the home buying process and will be by your side from the moment you view your very first listing until you’ve been handed the keys to your new property. Since your agent will play such a big part in your search, it’s crucial to find someone who is the right fit for you. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

3 Things You Need to Know About Mortgage Fraud

Real Talk: The chances that you could commit mortgage fraud unknowingly are minimal. The industry has become much more highly regulated in recent years to prevent issues like this. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Money Mistakes That Will Make it Really Hard to Buy a Home One Day

The real estate process begins well before you make your short list of dream homes and start attending open houses — and it can end there, too, if you’re not prepared. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

11 IKEA Finds (Under $30) Every Homebuyer Needs

You did it! You’ve got the keys to your new place in hand — but between a down payment, closing costs and that hefty movers fee, there’s not a lot of dough left over for all the extras. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Walk-Away Warning Signs: 5 House Hunt Deal Breakers

Before the deal is finalized, it’s important to ensure your dream home won’t come with any hidden surprises. When home shopping, things aren’t always what they seem. Some surface issues are more damaging to the value of the home than they seem, while others are easily fixed. Before you are knee deep in paperwork or empty your wallet for rounds of inspections, consider these five clear warning signs screaming at you to walk away. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Now You Have a Reason to Resent Word Art

You step out of your car at an open house and walk into what looks like your dream home. It’s perfectly picturesque from the outside, but as soon as you get through the doorway, you see it — there’s a giant “Live Laugh Love” decal stuck onto the living room wall. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Think You Found The Perfect Home? Check These 3 Things First

We’re the first people to advocate that you should hire a great real estate agent to help guide you through your home search. However, that said, it’s also important to know that you can’t rely on them to tell you everything. In fact, there’s a lot that agents legally aren’t allowed to share due to the Fair Housing Act. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying My Fixer-Upper

When my husband and I finally started looking for a home (after years of renting a barn loft that was short on insulation and long on character), our budget led us to two options: a newer home we would reluctantly call “nice,” or an older home in need of some major updating but one that we could definitely see becoming ours. Despite the fact that everyone who saw option number two clearly had reservations about the work involved, it didn’t take us long to start dreaming up all the changes we’d make, and how we would turn this fixer-upper into Read More

Struggling to Save for a Down Payment? This Might be the Reason

If you’ve ever written a monthly check to Sallie Mae, the findings of a new study on student loan debt and millennial homeownership shouldn’t surprise you: College graduates with loan debt have a harder time saving up for a down payment than those who graduate debt-free. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Home Buying Process, According to Stock Photos

Do you find the home buying process mystifying and maybe a bit overwhelming? You’re not alone. Apparently stock photo sites don’t really get it either. So here’s a silly, but also hopefully informative, look at the home-buying process. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico