Rules of Etiquette You Should Know Before Buying a Home

rulesofetiquetteIf a good deal is what you’re looking for when it comes to buying a house, the last people you want to put off are the sellers.

The truth is, there’s a certain etiquette that buyers should follow throughout the

What to Do When You Find Your Dream Home . . . But It’s Not For Sale

dreamhomeforsaleDepending on where you’re looking to buy, there could very well be a major supply shortage.

But don’t let slim pickings in your local housing market stand in the way of you snatching up your dream home. If the listings

How to Make Sure the Transition From ‘Renter’ to ‘Owner’ is a Smooth One

rentinlineWith rent prices increasing all over the country, now may a good time to make the leap from ‘renter’ status to ‘owner’.

After all, why not put that monthly check towards your own equity rather than someone else’s? And the

7 Things That Can Drive Your Property Taxes Up

Property taxes are tough to figure out. The federal property tax code alone is thousands of pages long, let alone the local codes all over the country.

In a nutshell, property taxes are determined by a home’s assessed value and

5 of the Worst Mortgage Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

Want to take advantage of a lower mortgage rate? Looking to switch from an adjustable- to a fixed-rate loan? Need to tap into the equity in your home to cover a large purchase? Any one of these are good reasons

Can You Gift Money for a Down Payment? Yes! And Here’s How

These days, it can be pretty tough to scrape together a good chunk of change to use as a down payment for a home. The financial recession, housing crisis, and weak job market hit a lot of Americans hard.

And

9 Out of 10 of the Priciest Real Estate Markets in the Country Are in California

There is so much that attracts people by the hoards to California. From the climate, to the cultural diversity, to the employment opportunities, California certainly has a lot to offer. With such popularity, it’s no wonder that housing prices in

Home Buyer Incentives You Probably Never Thought Of

In a sellers’ market, unloading your home might be pretty seamless. But in a buyers’ market where the competition is stiff, you’ve got to get a little creative to make your home stand out from the rest.

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