For most buyers, the mortgage is the largest monthly expense they will have. Yet most borrowers will do little to no preparation, negotiation, or shopping to get the best deal. Here are five of the biggest mistakes that can cost you real money.
If you’re looking for furniture, electronics, or home goods, this is a good week for you. Our weekly scouring of ads and stores and more ads and more stores has turned up some great steals and deals. Check ‘em out right here.
Remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or living room may add to your home’s resale value, but the following energy-efficient upgrades add value and save you money on your monthly utility bills—and you’ll help the environment, too.
Have you ever wondered why some real estate agents do well in today’s economy while others fail? There is a huge discrepancy right now between people who are failing and people who are succeeding.
When you get a mortgage loan, your lender has two alternatives. They can keep the loan in house — called a ‘portfolio’ loan — or they can sell or assign it to an investor. So why do lenders sell their loans?
Homeowners insurance, also known as hazard insurance, provides you protection from the damage or loss of your property as well as liability coverage for anyone who has an accident on your property.
Man can’t serve two masters, the Good Book says; but neither the law nor common practice precludes the possibility of both buyer and seller being represented by the same real estate agent. When this happens a “dual agency” situation is created; and dual agency is a subject about which both confusion and controversy abound.
Agents often explain their failure to follow up with buyers and sellers by saying, ‘they just slipped through the cracks.’ PJ Wade explains why there are no ‘cracks’ and no ’slipped,’ and provides her Test to reveal how expensive Not Following up is.
Even if all of the financial stars align, a loan may fall through for the simplest of reasons: The Home Appraisal.
Homeownership is the cat’s meow. The bee’s knees. The best thing since sliced bread. Right? These are all clichés. They all also happen to be true. Here’s how to take the meaning out of the clichés and make them work for you.