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Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, serial renter, or real estate veteran, here are the questions you should ask—and the answers you should look for—to help you purchase the perfect home at the perfect price. Happy hunting!

Buying a House With Cash: Pros and Cons

Although the majority of homebuyers finance their home purchase, around 14% pay cash. Buying a house with cash makes your offer more attractive to sellers and can give you an edge in a competitive housing market, especially since so few buyers pay cash. But forgoing a mortgage has some downsides.

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

Finding an existing home that checks all the boxes and fits your budget can be a huge challenge. If your house hunt has been unsuccessful so far, you may be wondering, how much does it cost to build a home?

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Condo

or most aspiring homeowners, condos are typically cheaper than stand-alone houses and require less upkeep and maintenance. But before buying a condo, make sure these units are the right option for you. Here’s what to know when buying a condo.

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Real Estate Commission: How Does It Work?

When a business or individual needs to buy or sell property, it’s not uncommon for them to work with a realtor during every stage of the process. As you work with a realtor, they share their expertise regarding the market price of the property and what you can expect during the buying or selling process.

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Is ‘For Sale by Owner’ A Good Idea?

Selling your home is a significant life decision. If you’re considering leaving a realtor out of the equation, an important starting point is knowing exactly what’s involved in the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) process. In this article, we answer your common FSBO questions and give essential tips for a successful sale.

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What You Need to Know About Building Your Own Home

Building a house is a dream for many people. The ability to choose the exact layout and finishes when you build your own house is an exciting and rewarding process. But a new build isn’t for everybody.

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How to Prepare For a Home Inspection in 6 Easy Steps

Hiring a home inspector is a must for any buyer before they sign contracts or make deals. The typical real estate contract includes a contingency clause that permits the buyer to back out of the deal without losing their earnest money if, for any reason, the home inspection uncovers problems. Buyers can also choose to renegotiate the terms of the contract based on the findings of the home inspection. That’s why, as a seller, it’s essential to learn how to pass a home inspection so that the closing process can go off without a hitch.

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How to Rent-to-Own a House

Rent-to-buy homes can be a more affordable path for prospective buyers. If you’re interested in the process, read on to learn how to rent-to-own a house, so you can know all of your options while house hunting.

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5 Home Improvements That Add Value

As you prepare to sell your home, you may want to complete a bunch of home improvements in hopes of increasing your home’s list price. However, not all improvement projects are worth the time and investment. For example, while you may feel the addition of an upscale master suite will create a real estate bidding war, it’s essential to remove personal opinions from your home improvement equation.

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Questions to Ask When Touring a House or Apartment Virtually

Even though virtual apartment tours were popular among long-distance movers before the pandemic, there has been a huge uptick in virtual tours of apartments and homes due to the spread of COVID-19. For now, it’s much safer to take a virtual apartment tour instead of physically going to several different locations to look at them […]

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How Much Does A Mobile Home Cost?

Mobile homes have come a long way since their inception in the 1870s. While these early versions were fairly popular, the current automobile-pulled mobile homes first appeared in America in 1926. At the time, they were referred to as “Trailer Coaches” and were used for recreational purposes as an affordable way of camping or touring […]

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How to Save for a House: 10 Essential Tips

Homeownership is not only a real estate investment but an investment in your life long-term. Saving a large sum of cash can seem impossible at the start. However, knowing and planning for how to save for a house will help you reach your dream home goals.

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Condo vs. Townhouse: What’s the Difference?

If you’re considering a condo vs. a townhouse, it’s helpful to understand the key differences. A condo, or condominium, is a large structure, typically set up by a real estate developer that divides the property into smaller units and sells them. As “condos” tend to have a lot of units in one large building, they […]

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How to Sell Your House

Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or backpacking across Europe for a year, selling your house is a major step you have to take before beginning a new chapter in your life. While this may seem overwhelming, you can keep your stress level in check by following a few straightforward steps for how to sell your house. […]

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How Will The Coronavirus Impact Spring Real Estate?

Sweeping COVID-19 restrictions impact industries across the board, as travel comes to a halt and brick and mortar stores close. People who were planning to buy or sell a home this spring are likely wondering what type of impact the coronavirus will have on real estate.

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Buying vs. Renting Your Home: Which Is Right for You?

We know we all have to live somewhere, but the question is always, where? City or country? House or condo? And of course, there’s the buying vs. renting debate. For some past generations, buying a home was a right of passage: It was proof you were grown up. Things are a bit different these days. […]

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What You Should Expect from a Home Inspection

If you’re buying a new home, then sooner or later you’ll need to have a home inspection done. While not usually required, obtaining a home inspection is common practice in real estate and is almost entirely done for the benefit of the purchaser, even if they’re paying for it out of their own pocket. A […]

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Steps You Can Take to Snag That Dream Home

An often-overlooked step in the moving process is the one that comes first — finding a place to go, particularly when you’re moving to a house. Just any old house will never do — you’re looking for your dream home.

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Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home […]

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Planning on Selling your Home? Here’s the Best Time to List Your House — and It’s Soon

Zillow, the online real estate company that keeps a database of nationwide sales, just published a report with insights on the best time to sell your house for the most money. If you’re thinking about listing, it’s time to take action. The best time to list your house is the first half of May. Here’s […]

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When Buying a Fixer-Upper, Where Should You Draw the Line?

zazamaza/Getty Images “One of the most important factors when considering a fixer-upper is whether you can customize the home to your design aesthetic and functionality needs at a lower purchase price than an already-renovated home,” Kostiw says. “Typically, you can purchase a larger home with the same purchase budget,  and that home can be purchased […]

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9 Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Househunting Online

Who doesn’t love browsing for a dream home using an app? In just a few taps, you’re imagining your life via the professional photos of beautifully staged rooms. However, you could be glancing over details that are potential dealbreakers. We asked a few Realtors for a list of things a buyer should never overlook when […]

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5 Costs First-Time Homebuyers Underestimate

Despite purchasing homes later in life than other generations, 60% of Millennials say owning a home is the primary ingredient of achieving the American dream. That doesn’t mean they’re totally prepared. Like any first-time homebuyer, young owners are often taken aback at the full range of financial burdens that accompany home ownership. Here are five […]

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Watch Out, Sellers: Are You Making Any Of These 4 Home Selling Mistakes?

Selling your home can be an emotional process. What makes it even tougher is that it’s also a business decision, one where it’s unwise to let your emotions run the show. Doing so can lead to making a mistake that could potentially cost you your ideal buyer. With that in mind, we laid out four […]

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