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You Can Buy a Home Even When It's Not for Sale

By Marilen Cawad Chris Lichon found her "dream" starter home as she was driving around Rutherford County, Tenn., one fine spring day. The house was on about an acre of ground, on a dead-end street, with a big pasture beside it that she could rent for her horse. It was perfect, she thought, except for one small detail. The... Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Get Your Home When Housing Inventory Is So Tight

By Brendon DeSimone The news is out. Real estate is back. Homebuyers are in the game again, but they're facing a huge inventory shortage in most markets. Some buyers make three or four offers on homes, only to keep losing out to other buyers. In this tight market, buyers and real estate agents need to think outside the... Continue Reading »

What I Wish I Had Known When I Bought a House at 21

By Sophia Bera I've been told my whole life that I'm so young. I skipped third grade, and I'm an only child, so I'm used to doing things before my time. When I bought a house at the age of 21, everyone was shocked –- but I'd been planning it for a few years. Even from a young age, I've tried to be thoughtful about... Continue Reading »

Housing Market 2013 for Homebuyers: It's a Balancing Act

By Brian O'Connell Talk to any Realtor these days and you'll likely get an earful about "limited inventories." That's a big departure from the past few years, when home sellers were eager, for a variety of reasons, to pound those "for sale" signs into their front lawns. While existing home sales eased in December, the... Continue Reading »

Is Buying a New Home Like Buying a New Car?

By Brendon Desimone When you drive a new car off the lot, it immediately loses some of its value. Does the same apply to real estate? And if so, should you care? For years, the new construction and development market has been sluggish. But now, banks are lending again for new construction, and developers are ready to... Continue Reading »

Negotiating Strategies for Homebuyers

These days, homebuyers have the upper hand in real estate transactions. But don't expect sellers to accept just any offer. When negotiating a home purchase, you still need to do your homework and determine a fair market value for a property. And if you're savvy, you may be... Continue Reading »

Surprise Home Buying Wisdom

It's not hard to get advice when you're in the market for a new home, but often real estate trends and quick tips get passed off as a gospel in this "historic" housing market. And there are a few -- let's call them inconvenient truths of home buying -- that you often won't hear because they don't apply to everybody. But... Continue Reading »

What Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew About Their Job, Part 3: What Motivates Them (It's Not Always Money!)

Few professions come in for more abuse than real estate agents. Maybe lawyers. And possibly politicians, but I hesitate to call that a "profession" in any sense of the term. And since housing is so much in the news these days, one can't help but pick up the animus of the general public against real estate agents. Megan... Continue Reading »

Identity Theft More Likely When Moving to a New Home

If you're planning to buy a house, rent a different apartment or relocate your family anytime soon, chances are you didn't think that moving could make you the victim of identity theft. But during a move, homeowners and renters alike are particularly susceptible to identity theft -- a crime which is especially prevalent... Continue Reading »

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