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If you're preparing to get a loan, perhaps a mortgage, it's a good idea to check your credit score. To save yourself from the damage that can happen when you fall victim to identity theft, monitoring your credit is also advisable. Two of the more popular ways to access the information credit bureaus have on you is through Credit Karma and Credit Sesame—but which...

By Brooke Chaplan The roof on your home is the main structure standing between the elements and the interior of your property. Although your roof can become damaged by things such as high winds and hail, you might overlook other things that happen every day that can cause damage. Related: Getting a Custom Home? Here's How to Get the Strongest Roof Watch out for these...

By Meghan Belnap If you have a dog and want to put your house up for sale, certain things around your home might need to be replaced due to damage caused by your pet. Having these problems addressed before putting your home on the market can help you get higher offers from potential buyers. Related: Realtor.com Report: Anatomy of Home-Buying Pet Owners If you're...

By Lizzie Weakley As a real estate professional, you may have some competition from other REALTORS® when looking for business. As in every career, marketing plays a significant role in establishing a brand and building a client base. Related: 4 Methods to Speed Up a Home Sale Without a Big Advertising Budget Here are some popular and proven strategies for advertising...

Most real estate reports tell you where to move—those locations that have the highest affordability levels, low crime rates, great education, etc. But how about looking at the places where people are sticking around? That's got to be a good sign that it's a nice place to live, right? 55Places.com recently released a report that found where homeowners stay planted...

By Meghan Belnap Even if you have a beautiful home in a great location, you should still consider carrying out a few fixes and upgrades before you put it on the market. Minor fixes might seem like a hassle at first, but they could appeal to potential buyers, possibly increasing the price of your home by a considerable amount. Replace the doorknobs. Outdated and damaged...

By Meghan Belnap Investing in real estate is a great way to ensure that you have a strong source of passive income. Unfortunately, getting started can be full of expensive pitfalls. Related: 4 Top Modern Methods of Investing in Real Estate As you begin your investing journey, a good way to kick-start your income-earning potential is by leasing a property or two....

By Brentnie Daggett Living in a smaller home, or an apartment or condo, may make hosting a party or event seem overwhelming. A small space definitely presents some challenges, but a little creativity and planning will go a long way to create an atmosphere that is both inviting to your guests and manageable for your space. Related: 4 Reasons Your Smaller House Can...

Live in Southern California? Newly married? There's a pretty good chance you're in a less-than-ideal area for where you currently find yourself in life. According to a new study conducted by Destify, nine of the 10 worst cities for newlyweds, based on their criteria, are located in California—eight of which are in Southern California. To come up with this list,...

By Meghan Belnap Purchasing a fixer-upper gives homeowners the perfect opportunity to have their own dream home makeover. As these renovations can be quite costly and time-consuming, homeowners would do well to focus on a few key areas of their home when starting the renovation. Consider the following ideas during a home remodel: Kitchen The kitchen is one room that's...