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How to get started as a real estate investor

There’s more than one way to become a real estate investor. The fastest, easiest way is to invest is in REITS (Real Estate Investment Trusts). They’re as easy to buy as a stock or mutual fund since you’re not buying a physical property. Made up of commercial real...

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The biggest home-improvement mistake that folks make

Homeowners are expected to spend a near record $317 billion on home improvement this year. The trend is expected to continue, as areas have fewer homes for sale and homeowners have little incentive to move from homes with record low fixed mortgage rates, experts say....

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The scariest thing about being a first-time buyer

One of the scariest things about being a first-time buyer is the unknown. It’s probably one of the main reasons 90 percent of all buyers do hours of online research before deciding to buy a home. The entire process can be stressful. It’s complicated. It’s filled with...

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Is renting to buy still an option?

Sometimes the desire to own a home is so great that renters just can’t wait, even if they don’t have a down payment to buy a home. How do they do it? Through a contract with a seller called a lease-to-own agreement. While it’s rare to see in a seller’s market when...

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Do better schools mean higher home values?

The data is clear: Homes in the best school districts sell for higher prices than similar homes in less-popular school districts. Research also tells us that one of the most important factors that buyers consider when buying a home are schools. One study shows buyers...

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Is it harder to get a home loan if you are self-employed?

When you’re self-employed, getting a home loan is going to be a little more involved than if you were a salaried employee. There’s more paperwork, tighter qualifying rules, and you’ll need to show a stable income. The good news is it’s getting easier for you and 14...

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Are second homes a good investment?

For decades, buying a second home was pretty much a single-dimensional experience. You bought a place where you would either vacation, or live for several months of the year (often to enjoy a nicer climate). But with the emergence of home-sharing services like Airbnb,...

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Make a great impression with sellers

When it’s a seller’s market, you can’t always compete against an all-cash offer from a buyer wiling to close quickly. But there are some things you can do to make a great impression with sellers: Making a higher down payment – 25 percent or more. Sellers will worry...

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