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When Homebuyers Insist on Spending the Night

Shutterstock By Aaron Crowe One of the fun parts of searching for a home to buy is visualizing living in it. Will your furniture fit? Is the kitchen big enough for all of your kids? Imagining your belongings and your family living in the home can make the buying decision easier. When checking out a house, some buyers... Continue Reading »

Studio Apartment's Surprise Bonus Room? A 'Secret Dungeon'

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-909569{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-909569, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-909569{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;} Just in time for Halloween, a Reddit user in the U.K. has gone onto the website to complain -- or is it... Continue Reading »

Home Inspections for Sellers: Why It Can Be Worth It

Shutterstock By Donna Fuscaldo "The buyer has the upper hand when they have an inspection," says Coldwell Banker consumer specialist and agent Jessica Edwards. "If you are willing to do it ahead of time, you give the control back to the seller." One of the most common ways to sink a home sale or lower the bidding price... Continue Reading »

8 Home Inspection Red Flags

Getty Images Our gallery of home inspection nightmares (below) is good for a laugh, but a home inspection is serious business. It's the buyer's opportunity to make sure that the house they're about to purchase doesn't hold any expensive surprises. A typical home inspection includes a check of a house's structural and... Continue Reading »

Home Inspection Horrors

Home inspection is serious business. But home inspectors have a wicked sense of humor. If you need proof, just check out this batch of "Postcards From the Field," the perennially popular feature of the American Society of Home Inspectors. From a wasp's nest the size of a basketball to a DIY electrical job that's truly... Continue Reading »

Escrow -- It's What Happens After Your Homebuying Offer Is Accepted

So the past few months you've shopped properties, submitted offers on many and gotten your hopes up -- only to be let down. But you haven't given up, and finally you get the call from your real estate agent: Your latest offer has been accepted! You might think it's the end of the road to property ownership. But really,... Continue Reading »

Home Costs: 4 Crucial Questions Reveal Hidden Expenses

Of course home costs go far beyond the monthly mortgage payments, as any homeowner will complain. Along with obvious ones like taxes and insurance, there are maintenance costs to consider, the expenses that accrue from repairs and replacement of important items. One of the best ways to learn about home... Continue Reading »

Home Inspection Horrors

Mad dogs, raccoons in the attic, DIY toilets, mystery electrical switches--home inspectors run across the darnedest things. And lucky for us, they carry cameras. In this installment of the "Home Inspection Nightmares" series from This Old House, inspectors from across the country send some of the scariest, funniest, most... Continue Reading »

Home Inspection for Sellers: What You Need to Know

Selling your home can make you feel like you're living in a fishbowl, with potential buyers and real estate agents evaluating, judging and otherwise picking apart the place you've called home for years. Just before the actual sale comes the most intense scrutiny of all: the home inspection. A pre-sale home inspection is... Continue Reading »

Home Inspection Red Flags for Buyers

After months of hunting, touring and haggling, you've finally found your perfect house. Like most buyers, you'll have it inspected. The home inspection is your chance to find out what's really going on under the hood before you commit to the purchase. Over the course of a few hours, the home inspector will probe every nook... Continue Reading »

Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

In a competitive buyer's market like the one we're in today, home staging is more important than ever. A successful staging can make the difference between a house that moves fast for the right price and one that languishes on the market unsold. But a handful of common mistakes can hamper the best home staging efforts. If... Continue Reading »

Home Inspections for Sellers: Prepping for the Sale

A thorough home inspection is a critical step in the home-buying process, which is one reason that it's typically thought of as something the buyer has to do. There are, however, a few things that a seller can do to make the process smoother and ensure that a property gets... Continue Reading »

Real Estate Terms and What They Mean

Jaime Uziel knows that as a real estate attorney his clients depend on him to interpret the legalese that's part of any real estate transaction. He's happy to do that, he says, but he also tries to educate his clients about real estate terms and what they mean. "They are the ones signing these documents, and they should... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Tips: Foreclosed Homes Need Close Inspection

With foreclosures at record highs, buying a foreclosed home might be a great deal, but the risk of getting a lemon also is greater. Home inspectors don't always catch all the flaws in foreclosed homes that have remained empty for months, if not a year or longer. Here are the top areas, from air conditioning to... Continue Reading »

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