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Telltale Signs Youre Moving Into a Money Pit

If buying a fixer-upper is your next big money move, make sure you’re not settling for something that’s going to cost you much more than you planned. Buying a house in need of repair can mean ample savings in the short term but a potential significant investment in the long term....
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

Dont Fall for These Tricks When Buying a Home

When someone is selling a house, it’s only natural they use every means possible to cast their home in the best possible light. But sometimes, sellers can cross the line into deceit. And unfortunately, there are some real estate tricks that can hide flaws in a home for sal...
Posted On 14 Sep 2016

Stop! 6 Ways Youre Sabotaging Your Mortgage Preapproval

Homebuyers make a lot of mistakes that hurt their chances of getting a mortgage preapproval from their lender. You don’t want to join their ranks and sabotage your home purchase. To find out what those missteps are, we talked to two lending experts: Casey Fleming, a mortgage...
Posted On 06 Sep 2016

Thinking of Buying? The Real Cost of Owning a Home

Owning a home means you can blow out a wall to create a more spacious kitchen or paint your bedroom a flaming fuchsia — things that are certainly deposit-forfeiting and likely eviction-motivating offenses in rental land. Let’s say you want to buy your own place, but you want to...
Posted On 06 Sep 2016

Short on Existing-Home Options? 4 Reasons to Buy New

Buying a home in some markets is like being in a gladiator ring. Multiple rounds of showings and getting into — and losing — bidding wars can leave you feeling defeated. If you’re growing weary of wading through an increasingly shrinking inventory of resales, there’s another...
Posted On 30 Aug 2016

Ask Brianna: Should I Keep Renting or Buy a House?

Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to ...
Posted On 29 Aug 2016

7 Money Traps to Avoid When Moving

Moving can be expensive. According to U.S. News & World Report, average intrastate moving costs in 2014 totaled $1,170, while interstate rates averaged $5,630. However, the price can vary dramatically depending on where you live, where you’re moving and how much stuff you’re...
Posted On 29 Aug 2016

Foreign Buyers Widening Range of US Real Estate Investments

By Brad Walker, CEO of Income& People of notable wealth from other countries have been interested in buying prime US real estate for some time. The trend actually stretches all the way back to the mid-19 th century when wealthy Europeans first began buying homes in the US in...
Posted On 29 Aug 2016

5 Must-Know Tips for Selling Your Home

By Winnie Sun Learn more about Winnie on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor Selling your home is a big decision that requires significant preparation, including listing your property and meeting with potential agents. Once you’ve done that, it can still take weeks or even months to find...
Posted On 21 Aug 2016

Why Starter Homes Arent What They Used to Be

The concept of a “starter home” is quickly becoming a real estate relic, like track lighting and brass hardware. Time was, young families with average incomes who were shopping for a first house would choose a small one in an affordable neighborhood — maybe with just a hint of a...
Posted On 21 Aug 2016