Homes & Real Estate / Buying a Home

  • 6 ways to win a real estate bidding war

      

    The real estate market in many cities across America has come back to life. In some markets, buyers are getting outbid time and again by investors who can pay cash and close quickly....

  • Buying a home? 15 ways to shop for the lowest mortgage rates

      

    When purchasing a home, shopping for the lowest mortgage rates is an essential strategy that can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. For the best results, shop with a plan....

  • Trader Joe's beats Whole Foods in the home value wars

      

    In the market for a new home? Finding the right fit has gotten so much more complicated than just making sure you're in the right school district! The New York Post reports there's an...

  • Find the best interest rates for a mortgage or refinance

      

    It is a terrible fact of life that getting a mortgage is the biggest pain in the rear just about of any financial thing you will ever have to do. Just when you think you've given them every...

  • Georgia natural gas guide

      

      Which company has the best rate for you? My monthly update on natural gas rates in Georgia can help you decide... Here are the low-cost leaders for fixed rate natural gas plans There...

  • 3 big reasons a mortgage prequalification isn't enough to buy a home

      

    Homebuyers are often told they need to prequalify for a mortgage. That's good advice, up to a point; a prequalification is only a baby step toward getting a loan. What's better -- by far...

  • 12 things I learned when buying my first home

      

    My name is Tim Manni, I’m a 32-year-old first-time homebuyer. While my wife briefly owned a co-op prior to our home purchase, I was a career renter up until last month. Despite immersing...

  • Real estate trend: Tiny homes are hot!

      

    This housing trend could cut your mortgage or rent payment down to almost nothing. Why buying a tiny house can save you big time.

  • 18 confusing mortgage terms explained

      

    If you think mortgage jargon is confusing, you're not alone. And it's not only novice homebuyers who are stumped. Some of the terms are so tricky even the experts don't agree about...

  • Threatening Letters force Couple To Flee $1.3 Million Home

      

    A family in Westfield, New Jersey thought they were buying their dream home. Instead, they find themselves in the middle of a nightmare. Soon after they purchased the six bedroom, $1.35 million...

  • Move Over Man Caves, Here Come "She Sheds"

      

    By Rick Couri of KRMG HOUSTON — “She Sheds” are meant to be a place where ladies can get away from those smelly men and do the things ladies want to do. Tamara Harbert...

  • 3 bad choices that can kill your home's value

      

    By Iris Price of ImprovementCenter.com When you buy a house, are you already thinking about the day you sell it and its potential value? Unless you're a house-flipper, that's...

  • Do Real Estate Agents Really Matter Anymore?

      

    With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers, the research you can do online and with your phone is amazing. Apps like...

  • Credit Unions Offer Creative Mortgages To Save You Money

      

    Years ago, credit unions weren't the best place to look for a mortgage. But that was then and this is now. Today, credit unions are a great source for mortgages, especially if you're...

  • The Truth About the Cost of Escrow Payments

      

    Ever since I bought my first house, the concept of escrow payments has always seemed unfair to me.  Many banks will allow you to stop making escrow payments to them, but they charge a fee for...