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Kirkikis/Getty Images You’re ready to buy a house, but before you make an offer, you need to ask some key questions. Having the right information can help you feel confident that you’re buying the right house at the right time, and at the right price. Here are...
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the real estate waters or you’re deep into your house hunt, spending a weekend (or two) visiting open houses can be an instrumental part of your search. No matter how many listings you’ve visited online, there’s no...
Iriana Shiyan/Getty Images Pending-home sales unexpectedly slipped 1.5 percent in April compared with March, according to the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index. April’s contract signings to buy existing homes were 2 percent lower than they were a year ago, marking the 16th straight...
Barry Winiker/Getty Images Purchasing a home next to a beautiful lake or your favorite beach with stunning views may seem like a dream come true. However, your slice of paradise will come with added costs — some that can be difficult to anticipate or plan for. Penny...
Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock You walk into your house and the lights automatically dim, your favorite song begins to play and the air gets slightly cooler. Upstairs, your steam bath is already prepared and your blinds are closing. This is not a far-off fantasy, but rather the...
Kaspars Grinvalds/Shutterstock When you get a mortgage, the lender usually adds the property taxes and insurance premiums to the monthly payment, setting aside the money in an escrow account to make sure those obligations are paid on time. This protects the lender from tax liens...
Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock Millennials are now the largest share of homebuyers (37 percent) and they’re moving to (and staying in) places where unemployment is low and housing is affordable, according to a National Association of Realtors’ 2019 report. Madison, Wisconsin; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska; and Grand Rapids,...
Mark Poprock/Shutterstock Financially strapped homeowners who aren’t making their mortgage payments often aren’t paying their property taxes either. For those interested in buying property tax liens, this represents an opportunity. A property-tax lien is a legal claim against a property for unpaid property taxes. A tax lien...
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock A group larger than the population of Pittsburgh spread out last year to the 50 counties in the U.S. where home prices have been rising the most relative to existing residents’ wages, according to a Bankrate analysis. The 314,640 fresh residents will likely make housing...
Westend61/Getty Images Buying a house is a life-changing process that requires lots of upfront financial planning. When looking for a home, keep certain factors in mind, including your financial situation, types of available loans, your credit score, the price of the house and your down payment so...