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Knowing Air Conditioning Jargon Can Save You Thousands

Knowing these air conditioning terms could save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Continue Reading »

Secrets to Getting Multiple Offers on a Home

For a seller to get lots of activity on their listing, there are three must-haves. Continue Reading »

How to Know If You Should Keep Renting Instead of Buying

If you think you're ready to buy a home, ask yourself these four questions -- you may find some signs you should keep renting. Continue Reading »

Sellers, the Real FSBO Deal Demands Preparation

Going the "For Sale By Owner" route seems easy enough. Continue Reading »

After Record-Breaking Sale, Mega-Mansion Is a Rental

Two weeks after buying the 50,000-square-foot home for a record-breaking sum, the mystery owners of Fleur de Lys are looking to rent it out. Continue Reading »

How to Lower Your Property Taxes

Understanding the property assessment process is your first step toward knowing whether or not you're paying too much in taxes, and how you can lower them. Continue Reading »

Homebuying Factors that Mortgage Calculators Miss

It's smart to take advantage of resources like mortgage calculators to help you make homebuying decisions, but that's only a start. Continue Reading »

Reverse Mortgages: Weighing the Risks

Reverse mortgages are a legitimate financial alternative for those who want to remain in their homes but lack the cash flow to do so, but there are pitfalls. Continue Reading »

5 Kinds of People Who Shouldn't Be Landlords

Even though most people have the ability to be a landlord, it doesn't mean they should do it. Here's why. Continue Reading »

Find Your Dream Home by First Discovering Your Needs

Before you visit another open house, sit down and make a list of your needs and wants. Continue Reading »

Homebuying: 4 Must-Do's Before You Even Start Shopping

Homebuyers should do the financial legwork before shopping for a home. Continue Reading »

How to Capitalize on the Tax Benefits of Home Improvement

The cost of any actual improvement cannot be deducted from your taxes. But it can have a tax benefit. Continue Reading »

Avoiding Mold in Your Home

Wondering if your home has a mold problem? You should. Continue Reading »

Whole-House Humidifier Benefits

A whole-house humidifier can make an entire home feel more comfortable. Continue Reading »

What It Means to Have a Tax Lien

"It is extremely serious. You could lose your property." Continue Reading »

Buying a Home With No Down Payment

There are actually a few ways you can get a home with 100 percent financing. Continue Reading »

How to Clean a Home's Air Ducts

Cleaning a home's air ducts requires some time and a bit of work. Continue Reading »

Sorting Out Truths and Myths About Home Storage

Built-in cabinets, cubbies with baskets or trays and repurposed antique furniture are the biggest home organization trends, a Zillow survey says. Continue Reading »

Choosing House Paint: The Do's and Don'ts of Color

There's nothing like paint to transform the look of your home's exterior, but it can be challenging to make a final selection. Continue Reading »

Are Open Houses Obsolete?

When someone likes a home's online photos, he or she will make an appointment to see the property during the week. So are open houses necessary? Continue Reading »

Homebuying: How to Choose Between New or Existing Dwellings

Here's what to consider when you are trying to decide whether to buy a new home or an existing one. Continue Reading »

4 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

Here are four ways you can make money as a result of real estate ownership. Continue Reading »

How to Know When You Need a Rental Broker

While it's not necessary to work with a rental broker to land an apartment, it can certainly make hunting easier in some cities. Continue Reading »

HOA Boards: What They Do, Why They Deserve Thanks

Homeowners association boards are often portrayed as stealing money or enforcing draconian rules, but the reality is that they're given a thankless job. Continue Reading »

5 Features That Can Spike Insurance Costs

There are five seemingly desirable home features that might end up costing you more in insurance premiums than you realize. Continue Reading »

Be Alert to Today's Hidden Costs of Homebuying

If you're thinking of buying your first house, be on the alert for some hidden or at least surprising new costs. Continue Reading »

How a Condo Can Be a Cost-Saver

As prices continue to rise in many markets, purchasing a condo might seem like a lower-priced option, but you have to factor in some extra costs. Continue Reading »

How to Find Rentals Accepting Large Dogs

"A lot of the places that bill themselves as pet-friendly have restrictions about types of dogs they will accept." Continue Reading »

Short Sales: Why They Can Take So Long

Many real estate agents have renamed "short sales" as "long-and-drawn-out sales," for good reason. Continue Reading »

How Good Faith Estimates Help You Shop Mortgages

Looking at several good faith estimates should help you determine the best deal on a mortgage. Continue Reading »

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