Are You Ready to Buy a House?

May 10, 2013

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Cue Michael Buffer yelling, “Are you ready? Let’s get ready to rumble!” Buffer’s is a fitting soundtrack for the homebuyer in a seller’s market, trying to prevail in catching the seller’s attention. The better equipped with knowledge you are, the better your offer will look to the current owner of what you long to possess: the [...]

Applying for a Mortgage? Avoid These Common Mistakes

February 15, 2013

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If you’re a first-time buyer, an itch to start looking at homes typically starts just after you make the decision to buy. The feeling may be so overwhelming that it’s the very first thing you do. That’s mistake number one: Looking at homes without knowing how much you can spend on a home isn’t just [...]

What You Should Know About Buying a Condo

December 28, 2012

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There’s a lot to like about life without yard upkeep, or worrying about what color to paint the front door, or what to do if the roof leaks. Such is life in the typical condominium. Although the maintenance headaches of owning a single-family home are pretty much nonexistent when you own a condo, this headache-free [...]

The Real Estate Transaction: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

December 14, 2012

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“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” While Edward Murphy was referring to the use of new measurement devices, his rule can be aptly applied to the real estate transaction without a hiccup. From the very first step – getting preapproved for a mortgage – to choosing a real estate agent to the close [...]

Buying Land: 5 Things to Consider

November 23, 2012

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Whether you’re building a residence, need extra storage, or are purchasing as an investment or farm property, the time to buy land has never been better. It’s still a buyer’s market in many areas, yet many sources claim the housing market is turning a corner. In fact, due to the election year and historically low interest [...]

Digging for Gold – Investing in Condemned Properties

September 28, 2012

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To some people, broken windows, dilapidated roofs or collapsing porches mean trouble. People like Kenny Rushing, a Tampa, Florida-based real estate investor, see dollar signs. “More than 60 percent of the houses I have bought in Tampa were condemned properties,” says Rushing. “I have yet to lose money on those.” How Properties get Condemned Local [...]

A Quick Guide to Buying a Home for a Parent

August 17, 2012

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Allowing your mom or dad to live at home in a property you provide is a wonderful gift – a way to say thanks for all they’ve done for you, and a way to be sure that they’re safe and comfortable. If you’re thinking about buying a home for a parent, you have several options [...]