Is Buying A House With Bad Credit

Is Buying A House Worth It If You're Single?

  When you were growing up, there were probably certain milestones that you imagined you would reach in your adult life that would be momentous and important. Falling in love and getting married are on that list of milestones for most people, as is the dream of one day owning your own home. As the …

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Buying A House With Bad Credit

Buying A House With Bad Credit

Some people are under the mistaken impression that you must have good (or even great) credit in order to buy a house. That’s truly not the case — there are plenty of opportunities for people with poor credit to start on the journey toward homeownership and end with a set of keys to their very …

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14 Deep-Cleaning Tips For Your Home

14 Deep-Cleaning Tips For Your Home

It’s entirely possible that you’ve never deep-cleaned a house before. (Hey, no shame in that game.) But at this time, considering most of us are staying at home, the desire to see your house as clean and sparkling as it can possibly be is strong — and you might have no idea where to start …

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Everything Buyers (And Sellers) Need To Know About Closing Costs

Everything Buyers (And Sellers) Need To Know About Closing Costs

If you’ve never bought a house before, then you might not be familiar with closing costs — and if you’ve never sold a house before, then you may be unaware that sellers have to shoulder some closing costs of their own. For buyers, closing costs encompass lender fees, title company fees, prepaid costs, and a …

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Real Estate Investing

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing is gaining popularity, and if you’ve been giving it some thought, this guide will give you an overview. The goal of any real estate investor is typically to make money. This means purchasing an investment property at a good price so you can rent it out and maybe eventually sell it for …

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How to Find the Right Vacation Rental

How to Find the Right Vacation Rental

Planning to stay in a hotel for your vacation is so ’90s. The emergence of the internet and websites like Airbnb, VRBO, TripAdvisor and more have made it possible for travelers to feel right at home in a new city … because they’re staying in someone else’s home and renting it for vacation. Vacation rentals …

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Everything You Need To Know About Selling A House With Tenants

Everything You Need To Know About Selling A House With Tenants

It’s stressful being a landlord at the best of times, but when the time comes for you to sell your investment property and move on, the stress can feel palpable. You’ve probably spent time getting to know your tenants and have built a relationship with them, and most humans don’t deal with change all that …

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How To Choose The Right Rural Neighborhood

How To Choose The Right Rural Neighborhood

When you buy a home in a rural area, it’s much more of a lifestyle decision than deciding to settle down in a city or even close to a city. And if you aren’t deeply familiar with the place where you want to move, then you’ll need to research what it’s really like to live …

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18 Secrets No One Tells You About Buying A House

18 Secrets No One Tells You About Buying A House

Most homeowners aren’t shy about telling you how awesome it is and all about the perks of living in a house that they own … but they’re a lot less forthcoming about the ugly aspects of buying a house and the sacrifices you make. And yes, there is ugly, and there are sacrifices. Here’s what …

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How To Buy a Foreclosure

How To Buy a Foreclosure

Many buyers are understandably nervous about buying a foreclosed home, also known as a distressed sale. There are horror stories galore about people purchasing a foreclosure and regretting it, but buying a foreclosure isn’t necessarily the nightmare that some people portray it to be. However, there are some things you need to understand about foreclosures …

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5 Essential Financial Steps to Take Before Investing in Maui Real Estate

5 Essential Financial Steps to Take Before Investing in Maui Real Estate

If you’ve been thinking about investing in real estate, getting your finances in order before you start searching for properties and scheduling appointments will save you from money headaches in the long run. Real estate investments could be one of your largest investments, and unless you have cash ready to invest, you’ll need a plan …

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How to Find Down Payment Assistance Programs

How to Find Down Payment Assistance Programs

You just found your dream home in West Maui, and it’s within your budget! One thing has you scratching your head though, how are you going to come up with the 20% down payment? You’re worried that if you can’t find the money for the deposit, you’ll lose your chance to buy your perfect house. …

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4 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

4 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

Do you want to buy a home? (No, that isn’t one of the questions.) If the answer, however, is “yes,” then there are more questions you’ll need to ponder before you’re truly ready — even if this is your fifteenth fix-and-flip instead of your very first home. Before you start adding properties to your “favorites” …

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4 Questions To Ask Before Selling Your Home

4 Questions To Ask Before Selling Your Home

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when he or she realizes: “I am not the same person I was when I bought this place.” Maybe your lifestyle or your family configuration has changed, or maybe the house just isn’t as appealing as it was when you signed that ream of paperwork on closing …

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How To Move On A Budget

How To Move On A Budget

As anybody who has ever bought a house before knows, real estate is quite expensive! Many buyers, although elated that they’re about to be homeowners (either for the first time or in new digs), also realize that they need to budget carefully for their move so they don’t get overextended during their new-home honeymoon. What …

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Why the Brokerage Matters When Selling a House

Why the Brokerage Matters When Selling a House

If you have bought or sold a house before, you are already aware that the right agent can make a big difference in your experience. That said, what about the brokerage where the agent is affiliated? Does the brokerage involved in your home transaction affect you as a consumer? Brokerages can provide different services for …

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Take Advantage of These Common Homeowner Tax Breaks

Take Advantage of These Common Homeowner Tax Breaks

Being a homeowner definitely has its advantages, and saving money on your taxes each year just might be at the top of the list. Make sure you’re taking advantage of these common tax perks as a homeowner: 1) Mortgage interest One of the most common tax perks, you can deduct mortgage interest for your primary …

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Can you buy a house before you turn 21?

Can you buy a house before you turn 21

There’s a general worldview that the younger generations will never be able to achieve homeownership because housing values have outpaced wage growth for decades. This is true, and we’re not downplaying the seriousness of affordability issues … but you can become a homeowner well before 30. If you want to, there’s little to stop you …

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Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

If you’ve been a homeowner before, you know that just like your vehicle needs regular maintenance like oil changes to run well—so does your home. It can be easy to ignore or put these things off, but a well-maintained home will save you money from costly repairs in the long run, and make your home …

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8 Steps To Handling Unhappy Post-Purchase Buyers

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Even the very best real estate agents at the top of their careers have to deal with clients who are upset with them after the transaction closes and everyone walks away from the table. But even though it’s a fact of life, that doesn’t make it especially pleasant or enjoyable; experienced agents can feel overwhelmed …

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Be Informed: What is Escrow?

Be Informed: What is Escrow?

The first time you heard the term, “escrow” you may have been thrown for a loop. While the word may have had you confused the first time, here are some essential things to know about escrow–what it is, what it’s used for, and how it works. What Is Escrow? Escrow is a legal notion where …

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11 Ways To Maximize A Small Living Space

11 Ways To Maximize A Small Living Space

Between micro-apartments, tiny homes, and even #vanlife, the real estate industry is taking the saying “less is more” to previously unknown levels. And while we can all get behind the idea of streamlining your life and shedding possessions that no longer meet your needs, you only need to watch (maybe) half an episode of Tiny …

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Financing a Maui Home with Poor Credit

Financing a Maui Home with Poor Credit

If your credit is shaky, the safest bet for buying a home is to save and wait for your finances to firm up. That said, you have other options when it comes to paying for a home. Here are four of them: Get a co-signer. If you’re fortunate enough to have a close friend or …

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