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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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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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Mortgage Math Made Simple

thodonal/iStock What’s more terrifying than global warming, national economic collapse, or a zombie apocalypse?  For many of us, it’s math—especially the type involved in securing a mortgage to buy a home. But mortgage math doesn’t have to be intimidating. Though a home … Read More

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A Checklist for Finding Your Dream Neighborhood

Everyone knows the saying when it comes to shopping for real estate: location, location, location! But, what does that really mean? And what does a desirable neighborhood really encompass to you? We’ve put together a high-level list of things to … Read More

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5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Dec 29, 2016 It’s the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it’s also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for home buyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you … Read More

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Key Takeaways From Pacific Union’s San Francisco Bay Area Forecast to 2019

Original Post November 17, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Economic Straight Talk, Market Forecasts, Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary: Yesterday, Pacific Union held its third annual Real Estate and Economic Forecast in partnership with John Burns Real Estate … Read More

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