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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 »

For Renters: 5 Keys to Dealing With Landlords

It’s a good idea to know what the landlord must do for you. Continue Reading »

Understanding Tax Rules for Rental Property

It's difficult for most people to understand how taxes work, and even more confusing once we get into the realm of rental properties. Continue Reading »

Keeping the Heat On: Keys to Maintaining a Furnace

It's tempting to skip the annual tune-up, but avoiding maintenance can be risky for a number of reasons. Continue Reading »

If Your Mortgage Payment Went Up, Here's Probably Why

If you're freaked out because your mortgage payment has increased, investigate some possible reasons for that larger payment before you write that next check. Continue Reading »

How 1% in Mortgage Interest Really Adds Up

Mortgage rates can vary greatly between lenders and even seemingly small differences can end up saving, or costing you, a lot of money over time. Continue Reading »

How to Know If a Neighborhood Is Gentrifying

€"You really want to look for neighborhoods where you can increase the value; the best way to do that is in transitional neighborhoods on the rise.€" Continue Reading »

Zillow Mortgage Marketplace: 30-Year Rate Makes 1st Drop in Month

"Rates drifted downwards last week as geopolitical concerns emerged...." Continue Reading »

How 'Accidental Landlords' Can Turn Losses Into Tax Savings

Most rental property ownership will initially generate taxable losses for you, which may save you some money on your taxes. Continue Reading »

Don't Let Winter Put a Chill on Your Home Sale

To help sell your home in real estate's slow season, it should exude a feeling of warmth and attention to detail. Continue Reading »

Mortgage Tax: What It Is and How to Avoid It

Not everyone has to pay a mortgage tax when buying or refinancing a home, and there are ways to avoid it. But not paying it promptly can be very costly. Continue Reading »

Key Things to Know About Home Equity Loans

Lenders are now more confident about allowing homeowners to borrow against the value of their dwellings, but here are four other things you'll need to know about home equity loans before trying to get one. Continue Reading »

Best Ways to Buy Foreclosures in a Seller's Market

Buying a foreclosure can still be a good move as long as you go into the deal with your eyes wide open to the risks. Continue Reading »

Real Estate Investment Lessons From Warren Buffet

The billionaire uses two personal real estate investments he made to demonstrate some of his key principles. Continue Reading »

Tax Breaks That Every Homeowner Should Know About

You'll need to itemize your taxes in order to take advantage of these deductions and credits. Continue Reading »

Tax Breaks for Homeowners

There are various home-related expenses that you should be sure to deduct. We suggest starting with these. Continue Reading »

Jailed Mortgage Fraudster Maintains Grip on Victims' Homes

"This is certainly among the worst of these kinds of cases that we've seen." Continue Reading »

Mortgage Rates Inch Up in Latest Week

Rates on 30- and 15-year fixed home loans ticked up again, reports Freddie Mac. Continue Reading »

You Know You're Ready to Sell Your Home When ...

There's no set formula to decide if you are ready to hang the "for sale" sign, but experts identify four signs that hint it's time. Continue Reading »

Buy Another Home Before You Sell Your Present One?

“If you want to be a good buyer, you want to be lean and mean and have cash to deal with." Continue Reading »

When to 'Break Up' With a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent comes in and out of your life at an emotional and vulnerable time -- one of transition and change. It's a very different relationship on many levels. Continue Reading »

'Shutoff Swindle' Targets Homeowners for Identity Theft

Identity thieves' Shutoff Swindle has been going on for several years, especially in times of extreme temperatures, when utility customers feel particularly vulnerable to losing power. Continue Reading »

Why Troubled Homeowners Might Be Hit With Huge Tax Bills

The end of a special tax exemption could seriously hurt financially strapped homeowners who were granted relief. Continue Reading »

Can Mortgage Company Pressure Homeowner's Kin for Payment?

"There are no specific rules on what a creditor like a mortgage company (as opposed to a third-party debt collector) can do to collect a debt." Continue Reading »

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