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4 Big Money Mistakes Of First-Time Homebuyers

By Michele Lerner for Bankrate.com First-time homebuyers almost always  make a few mistakes when buying their home. Perhaps they pay too much, choose the wrong type of mortgage or neglect to budget for needed home improvements. Working with a trustworthy, experienced lender can...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Too Few Rental Units Can Trigger Inflation

There is an obvious relationship between supply and demand. In the rental housing market, demand is eroding supply at a rapid rate according to recent data – likely due to changing demographics and preferences. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is based 40% on housing costs...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

6 Things Real Estate Agents Wish You Knew

By Dana Dratch for Bankrate.com Real estate agents see it all. From the unmade beds to the overstuffed garages to the “What were they thinking?” decor. Over the years, they learn a thing or two: Why some houses sell, while others linger on the market. Why some...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

What Are REITs? A Quick Introduction

In short, REITs are investment vehicles that fall under the “make/model” of real estate. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) involve direct investment in real estate, without the labor-intensive management attached to traditional commercial real estate investments. Instead of...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

5 Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

By Sheyna Steiner for Bankrate.com You’ve decided to go for it. Buying a home can be thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

What Happens After You File a Claim?

You’ve heard the nightmare scenarios: Customers file their first home or auto insurance claim and accordingly have to pay much higher rates or they see their insurance cancelled. While that situation is highly unlikely – especially after just one claim – your claims history...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Home Insurance Shopping Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be overwhelming for anyone, and it can be especially hard to navigate as a newbie to the process. From selecting the picture-perfect home to choosing the right mortgage, you’ll be making decisions you’ve never had to make before – decisions that have long-term...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Home Builders May Be Unlikely Winners in 2015

By Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com After significantly underperforming in 2013, housing stocks didn’t exactly impress investors in 2014, either. Major home builders including Lennar Corporation ( LEN ), D.R. Horton, Inc. ( DHI ), PulteGroup, Inc. ( PHM ) and Toll...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

2 ETFs to Buy to Profit from Lower Rates and Cheap Gasoline

By David Becker, InvestorPlace Contributor Declining interest rates, falling gasoline prices, solid job growth and the recent announcement by the FHA that it would lower mortgage insurance premiums have been the catalysts behind the breakout in housing-related stocks. After...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Answering The Rent-Or-Buy Riddle

By Marcie Geffner for Bankrate.com Whether to rent or buy a home is an easy decision for many people. But for those who have the means and motivation to do either, the choice can be difficult to make. Buying offers freedom from rising rents, a mortgage interest tax deduction and...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015