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Advice to Ignore When You’re Buying a House

When you’re in the market for a home, you’ll probably be inundated with lots of advice from people who’ve been through the process before and want to pass on their sage wisdom. However, sometimes that advice isn’t right. Housing markets change over time…and the rules vary widely based on where you’re looking to live, along with many other […]

How to Choose the Ideal Home Style Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Realtor.com consulted several astrologers to find what each different zodiac sign might prefer when it comes to the style of a house. Here are the results.   Aries (March 21-April 19): Ranch The endless energy and fast-paced lifestyle of an Aries is a perfect match for a one-level ranch home, says Amy Tripp. “This sign […]

Why Late Spring Is the Best Time to List a Home

Spring has officially arrived, but U.S. home sellers considering listing soon to capitalize on the impending spring home shopping season should consider waiting at least a few weeks more to both maximize their sale price and speed up the process. Nationwide, the best two-week window for home sellers is the first half of May. According […]

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

You’ve decided to buy a property in a gated community. But you wonder, “Is living in such a place something you’d like?” Although it sounds quite upscale, gated living comes with both perks and a few drawbacks. Here, Realtor.com offers a candid list of pros and cons of gated communities from the perspective of real estate agents, […]

Pros and Cons of a Homeowners Association Every Buyer Should Consider

When you’re shopping for a new single-family home or condo, it’s a good idea to have a laundry list of factors such as location, price, size and style to contemplate before making a purchase. Another consideration is homeowner’s associations (HOA), a board of residents that helps ensure your community looks its best and functions smoothly. […]

Why Home Buyers Should Act on Low Mortgage Rates Now

Mortgage interest rates have been steadily rising and are poised to climb even higher this year. When they do, the cost of buying a home will rise as well. This could make today’s buyer’s market challenging for some prospective purchasers—particularly first-time buyers who might have to settle for smaller abodes, fixer-uppers and homes farther out […]

Finding a Neighborhood If You’re Starting or Already Have a Family

When you have a young family or are planning to start one soon, the things that once were considered priorities when seeking out a home likely will have shifted. For example, proximity to bars, restaurants, and nightlife has become less important than school districts, crime rates and a sense of community. Here, Trulia tells you […]

Five Topics All Couples Should Consider When Buying a House Together

If you and your significant other are house hunting, there are several things you should think about in advance. Here, Realtor.com offers some topics to discuss before you start looking for your dream home. 1. Where to buy Many couples disagree on where they want to settle down—because location affects so much in terms of daily […]

How to Know if You’ll Fall in Love a New Neighborhood

Looking to buy a house in a new neighborhood or town? If you’re worried about the area being an ideal fit for you, the key is research and careful consideration. Here, Trulia offers five questions to ask yourself that will help you get started on choosing the perfect place to call home. 1. What do […]

Purchasing a Home with Your Partner

Since it’s time for Valentine’s Day, it seems now would be a good time to discuss what steps you and your significant other should take if you’re considering buying a house together. No. 1 on the list: finances. While a discussion about money can be uncomfortable, it’s important. A lender will look only at the […]