Homes & Real Estate / Buying a Home

  • These are the hottest housing markets in America

      

    If you’re in the market for a new home, there's new data that could explain why you might have a hard time finding the perfect house or condo in your price range. That's because...

  • Bad credit? Here's what you need to know to get a mortgage

      

    Credit scores play a vital role in your ability to get a home mortgage. First things first: Credit scores are used to predict the likelihood of a payment default. And if your credit score...

  • Living near this can increase the value of your home

      

    Living down the street from a rowdy concert outlet could have benefits for more than just music lovers!  Music to a homeowner's ears Read more: This one mistake is costing home...

  • How to improve your credit after a foreclosure

      

    Losing a home due to foreclosure can leave a heavy mark on your credit record, however, there are things that you can do to re-build a great credit history sooner, making credit availability and...

  • How downpayment insurance can protect your home investment

      

    Home values can spook you out of putting money down on a new home. New insurance could give you peace of mind.

  • 8 things homeowners need to do at least once a year

      

    Owning a home is about a lot more than just making the mortgage payments, paying the property taxes and keeping it clean and tidy. It’s about maintaining your home,...

  • New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades

      

    Want to make some energy-efficient upgrades to your existing home or a new one you're getting ready to buy? Maybe you're finding it difficult to come up with the cash. That's where...

  • What to do about window glass condensation

      

    If you have ever stepped out of a hot shower to be greeted by a fogged-up mirror, you know what condensation looks like. It's expected in bathrooms and other areas of high humidity, but when...

  • Tips for first-time homebuyers

      

    Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of qualifying for a loan and shopping for your first home. Tips for first-time homebuyers: What you need to do before you...

  • How to buy a house with cash

      

    Many experts tout owning a home as an essential part of the American Dream. One of the problems with that dream is that it can come with a high cost. Taking out a 30-year mortgage on a home...

  • 3 important steps to take before buying a home

      

    Buying a home is a big decision that can have a considerable impact on your finances and your future. If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll want be to well-informed and...

  • 15-year vs. 30-year mortgage: Which loan is best for you?

      

    When you're buying a house, it is tempting to buy as much as house as you possibly can. Because of this, more often than not people sign up for a 30-year mortgage. A longer mortgage term means...

  • 3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets

      

    If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you can spruce up your old ones -- paint, faux finishes, new hardware,...

  • How the Fed rate hike will impact your wallet

      

    It’s been a few months since the Federal Reserve implemented its first rate hike in nearly 10 years. The move signaled that the economy has strengthened enough for borrowers to withstand...

  • How to find a good home inspector

      

    A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. Choosing the wrong inspector could cost you.