Real Estate

Here’s What Pushes People to Buy Homes in 2015

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People buy homes for as almost as many different reasons as there are, well, different types of houses to buy. So if we take a step back and look at the main drivers in today’s home-buying decisions, it helps paint a clear picture of just what buyers these days want.

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Is Real Estate Really the No. 1 Investment Right Now?

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We know: You’re getting mixed messages. Homeownership is at record lows. But so are mortgage rates (even though some mortgages are harder to come by). Prices are inflated in some markets.

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Home Improvements: 5 Upgrades to Consider

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upgrading your kitchenYour options are nearly endless when it comes to home improvements - 5 Upgrades to Consider.

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Protect Yourself—and Your Finances—With These Creative Contingency Clauses

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contingency clauseThink of a contingency clause as insurance. Once you find a home and make an offer, you hope everything will go smoothly; but in case it doesn’t, you have a contingency clause in place that allows you to back out of the contract without losing money.

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What Happens When You Buy a Home in a Tax Sale

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Normally when you buy a house, you don’t want a home with any outstanding liens against it (that’s also why you pay for a title company). But what happens to those houses with outstanding taxes?

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Get a Loan Preapproval

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loan preapprovalFew experiences are more frustrating than falling in love with a home that’s for sale and then discovering you can’t afford to buy it.

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7 Things Your House Painter Wishes You Knew

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altWith the exception of hardened DIY-types (you know who you are!), just about all homeowners will hire painters at some point—whether to prepare their home for moving in, or for a sale, or perhaps to kick off a remodel with a new color scheme.

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10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

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To the uninitiated, home renovations sound daunting and conjure up painful images of burning cash. But don’t let that scare you.

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10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

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Putting in an offer on your first home can be a heart pounding experience. It is a good idea to take a moment before you take that important step and make sure you are ready. Ask yourself these questions before negotiations begin.

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Clean Up and Save

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real estateMake yourself more attractive to lenders by cleaning up your personal finances. It's never a bad time to take a hard look at your personal finances.

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Negotiating the Sale of Your House

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Home sellers who’ve chosen the right Realtor, prepared their home for sale and priced it right are strongly positioned for a smooth real estate transaction...

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Fannie, Freddie and FHFA Detail Low Down-Payment Mortgage Program

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Fannie MaeFannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their regulator provided details on Monday for a low down-payment mortgage program, which could open homeownership to thousands of cash-strapped borrowers.

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