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Why You Should Never Buy a House Without Having It Inspected

Why You Should Never Buy a House Without Having It Inspected

A house is a major financial investment and a place where you will likely live for several years. If you are shopping for a new home, you need to do your homework and choose carefully. You should gather as much information as possible so you […]

Is Buying a House in Foreclosure a Good Idea?

Is Buying a House in Foreclosure a Good Idea?

When shopping for a new home, everybody wants to get a good deal. Many buyers consider properties in foreclosure because they are often available at below-market rates. While you may be able to find the home of your dreams for less money than you thought, […]

How Much Can You Afford in Monthly Mortgage Payments?

How Much Can You Afford in Monthly Mortgage Payments?

Homeownership is a dream for many people, but some take on more debt than they should. If you’re thinking about buying a house, consider your income and current and potential expenses. How Mortgage Lenders Decide How Much Applicants Can Afford Lenders look at the total gross […]

Differences Between Jumbo and Conforming Loans

Differences Between Jumbo and Conforming Loans

If you’re thinking about purchasing an expensive home, it’s important to understand how jumbo and conforming loans differ, and the pros and cons of each. Choosing carefully could help you save a lot of money over the term of your mortgage. Key DifferencesA conforming loan […]

How to Protect Your Valuables During a Sale

How to Protect Your Valuables During a Sale

With your house on the market, naturally this means that numerous strangers will be walking through the rooms of your house, opening closets, looking in cabinets and seeing all the home has to offer. And while an agent is present for a showing or open […]

Should You Choose a House That Belongs to a Homeowners Association?

Should You Choose a House That Belongs to a Homeowners Association?

When you go house hunting, you might come across a property you love in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA). Buying a house that belongs to an HOA could carry benefits, but it would also come with rules, restrictions and fees. The specifics […]

10 Quick Tips for Easier Downsizing

10 Quick Tips for Easier Downsizing

For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and what to toss can be a difficult, and sometimes painful, decision. The editors at after55.com offer 10 good tips […]

7 Things Every New Homeowner Should Know

7 Things Every New Homeowner Should Know

Moving from renter status to owning your own home is a proud and exciting experience. You’ve worked hard to get there, and nothing should jeopardize your achievement. The money management experts at Investopedia propose seven strategies new homeowners should employ to be sure nothing gets […]

5 Tips for Selling Your Vacant Home

5 Tips for Selling Your Vacant Home

Selling a home always requires work, but selling a vacant home can demand a bit of extra attention. When furniture is removed, any flaws or quirks will be laid bare. And without a family tending to the space, dust settles faster than you may realize. […]

Costs of Pool Ownership

Costs of Pool Ownership

A backyard pool can look like a lot of fun when you’re house-hunting. Summer days full of swimming and splashing around your pool can be great fun, but sooner or later you’re going to have to face the costs that come with a pool. Here […]