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Five Important Things to Know About Buying a House

A lot of money, thought and preparation go into acquiring real estate. Since it likely is not a purchase you make often, Realtor.com offers these tips to help guide you through the home-buying procedure and save you from some unnecessary stress in the process. 1. Know what you can afford before you start looking Finding the ideal home would […]

Six Ways for Buyers to Maximize Their Time at an Open House

Traditional home-buying methods such as open houses are important, especially in hot markets. In areas where inventory is low and demand is high, even a weekday morning open house can draw a crowd. Trulia offers six suggestions on how to conquer the open-house hordes and come out with an accepted offer in hand. 1. Request […]

The Most Important Features Millennials Want in Their Homes

There’s no doubt that millennials have finally entered the housing market. In fact, they currently make up 35 percent of buyers throughout the U.S. Approximately 68 percent of all first-time home buyers fall into this age bracket as well. But what do they want inside their homes? Here, RISMedia uncovered the four main features millennials […]

30-Year Mortgage Rate Hits 2017 Low

Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to its lowest mark since November 10, 2016. “The 10-year Treasury yield fell 6 basis points this week amid concerns over lagging inflation,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate also declined for the fourth consecutive […]

Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Many home buyers fantasize about purchasing a run-down shack and transforming it into a palace. But should you actually do it? Fixer-uppers aren’t for everyone, and here, Realtor.com offers six factors to consider if this type of house is right for you. Fixer-uppers are bargains One of the most obvious reasons to purchase a fixer-upper […]

How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

Just because lender lets you borrow the maximum possible amount on a mortgage, that doesn’t mean you should take them up on the offer. Wondering how much of your monthly income to comfortably spend on your home? Trulia shows how to crunch your own numbers first to determine how much mortgage you can afford. Calculate your […]

What Home Buyers Want

Think bigger is better? Well, most of today’s home shoppers don’t. According to a new realtor.com survey, the homes that are in most demand by buyers in a hyper-competitive real estate environment have just three bedrooms and two baths. Ranch-style homes top the wish lists of 42 percent of home seekers surveyed by realtor.com this spring. But more than […]

How to Stage Your Outdoor Space to Sell Your Home Quicker

Everyone loves the idea of indoor-outdoor living. And when you’re selling a home, staging your outdoor space can be an important way to show off one of your home’s best features while attracting prospective buyers. Whether your property has a sweeping lawn or a small city balcony, Redfin suggests some ways you can help buyers envision […]

The Pros and Cons of Buying a House Without Your Spouse

There are plenty of reasons to ponder the possibility of buying a house without your spouse. Basically, this means that although you two might live in the home together, only you would technically “take title” to the property—a fancy way to say that you own it and have your name on the deed. It’s legal—and more common than you […]

The Home-Buying Process in 10 Simple Steps

Competition among buyers in many markets has gotten intense, so if you’re serious about homeownership, you’d better get your act together. To point you in the right direction, Realtor.com has prepared a road map of the typical steps you need to be aware of during the home-buying process. 1. Choose an agent The first step in the home-buying […]