10 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Most homeowners have some concerns when it comes to hiring home improvement professionals. Some are afraid of overpaying, some worry that they’re hiring an unqualified professional, and others wonder about the character of the individuals they’re inviting into their homes. … Read More

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Real Deal: five tips for buyers in a tight market

REUTERS/Mike Blake Attempting to purchase a house in a market where inventory is low and prices are rising can make the already complex process of buying a home even more overwhelming. The National Association of Realtors offers the following suggestions … Read More

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Home inspections: What they are and why you should get one

Skipping an inspection could cost you Illustrations by Sunny Eckerle When Tori Easterling, a broker and real estate instructor, decided to purchase some investment property in Georgia, she faced fierce bidding challenges with cash investors. By the time she viewed … Read More

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Earnest Money Deposit vs. Down Payment: What’s the Difference?

ayzek/iStock When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you’ve never heard before. The mortgage lenders and insurance agents who help you through the process will throw around so much real estate jargon, somewhere along the … Read More

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How to Buy a House: The 5 New Rules That Can Make or Break Your Offer

Glow Images, Inc/Getty Images; realtor.com The rules on how to buy a house have changed, folks—so if you’re serious about becoming a proud homeowner in the near future, you’ll want to read this first! So what’s changed the most in … Read More

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Termite Damage? The Answer Might Bug You

hadkhanong_Thailand/iStock Termites eat 24/7, and if they’re in your walls or foundation, your home is basically the insects’ all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch—that banquet comes at a major cost to homeowners. According to the entomology … Read More

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Check Yourself: Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Tackle in April

georgeclerk/iStock Ah spring! It took you long enough to get here, but we’re happy to see you. In fact, we’re so grateful for the slightest hint of warmer weather that we’re ready to rush outside, full of fresh energy, and take … Read More

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7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

CBCK-Christine/iStock When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing … Read More

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The Wall Street Journal Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA: A Primer

Chris Gash Real estate can fund your retirement—but brace yourself for lots of risk and rules. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow people to diversify their investments into assets other than the traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds that make up … Read More

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How to Claim Your 2016 Energy Tax Credits for Greening Your Home

Petmal/iStock You’ve no doubt heard that solar panels, insulation, and other energy-efficient upgrades can help curb your electric bills—but did you know these renovations can help save you money at tax time, too? That’s right, Uncle Sam likes to reward eco-conscious Americans by showering them with … Read More

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