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By Anita Ginsburg During a buyer's market is when most experts will recommend you buy real estate. A buyer's market is when there are more properties for sale than prospective buyers, and sellers are more willing to go with a low bid. Related: Realtor.com® Report: Top Housing Markets of 2021 However, that doesn't mean you can't buy a new home in a seller's market,...

By Meghan Belnap When you buy a new home, you might be surprised to find how quickly all of the various fees associated with the home purchase add up. One of the biggest fees you'll face is paying for a new homeowner's insurance policy so that you can be approved for a mortgage. The good news, though, is that there are ways to find competitive rates to help you free...

By Brooke Chaplan Every property owner is a potential investor, especially if the asset you own is a nice mountain home. The market for properties located in the mountains has been getting considerable attention from prospective buyers who used to be mainly interested in coastal homes. Related: What to Look for in a Single-Family Investment Property
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Pre-qualifying for a mortgage is often the first step towards owning a home. If you've never done this before, though, you might not know where to start. Here's some information that can help you to figure out how and when to apply for a loan this year: Pay Attention to Falling Rates One of the best ways to figure out when to apply for home loans is to keep track...

Housing markets that remained strong throughout 2020 in spite of the pandemic are poised to carry that momentum into the new year. According to realtor.com®'s newly-released Top Housing Markets of 2021 list, these areas all have several things in common. Each of these housing markets are relatively affordable compared to expensive metros like New York and Los Angeles;...

The home appraisal process can be a stressful time, whether you're buying or selling a property. It's the job of the appraiser to find the fair market value of the home. If their findings don't match the buyer's offer, there can be delays in the transaction. But if you know what appraisers look for, you might be able to prevent your house sale from running into problems. Related:...

When will we finally find relief? As COVID rages across the country and with no new stimulus checks coming in the immediate future, Americans living in metropolitan areas are seeing their problems compounded by a rise in the cost of living. A recent report released by Move.org found that a $1,200 stimulus check, similar to the ones distributed in April 2020, wouldn't...

By Anita Ginsburg You never expect a tragedy to strike, but they happen every day. It is often spontaneous and could happen to anybody. Of course, tragedy is a lot worse when you aren't prepared. That's why you need to prepare yourself for an emergency ahead of time. This will help you and your family get through anything that comes your way. Here are some tips to...

When you consider which cities have the smallest apartments in the U.S., which ones do you think of? Los Angeles? Almost certainly New York City, right? According to a recent Apartment Guide study, however, those two cities don't even crack their list of the top 25 cities with the smallest apartments. The apartment rental listing site utilized a straightforward methodology...

By Brooke Chaplan Most real estate professionals agree that a home's kitchen and bathroom are two of the biggest selling points for homebuyers. However, even if you're not planning to sell your home in the near future, you should want your bathroom to be as cozy and accommodating as possible since most people spend considerable time in that room each day. Related:...