buying a home

Weak Credit? You Can Still Get a Mortgage Despite Tough Lending Standards

Your credit score has seen better days, but that doesn't mean you can't get a mortgage. You have options!

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home When You're Single

Single homeownership is on the rise. Before you embark on the homebuying process solo, consider some important factors.

Why I Choose to Rent Instead of Buy

Some say that homeownership is the smarter financial move, but for many folks, renting is just the better call.

How to Fire Your Real Estate Agent

If the only thing your realtor is offering is stress, it's time to break up. It's not you — it's them.

Should You Ever Consider a Balloon Mortgage?

A balloon mortgage has its upsides, but it sure leaves a lot up in the air.

Make These 5 Money Moves Before Applying for a Mortgage

It might seem like everyone under the sun gets approved for a mortgage, but don't be fooled — home loans are no joke. Make these money moves before applying.

5 Homebuying Questions You're Embarrassed to Ask

New homeownership comes with more new terms and phrases than one can keep up with. Don't be embarrassed to ask these questions!

Here's How Much to Spend on Life's 3 Biggest Milestones

Life's milestone purchases shouldn't leave you flat broke. How much can you afford on a new car, home, or engagement ring?

Boost Your Home's Value With These 5 Projects

What's a bathroom addition worth to you (besides a shorter wait for the shower)? As much as 20% of your home's value!

10 Surprising Things That Lower the Value of a Home

These value-sapping home features are the opposite of "selling points." Does your home (or the one you're thinking of buying) have them?

Your House Is a Hobby, Not an Investment

Never think of a house as an investment. Instead, think of it for what it really is — a time and money hole that can be fun to own.

How to Sell Your House in 24 Hours

24 hours? Yup, it's possible. Learn how one Wise Bread Blogger sold her home just a day after listing.

Buying Your First Home: What to Do and When to Do It

Buying your first home can be incredibly rewarding — and incredibly stressful. Keep your head on straight (and even enjoy the process!) with this guide.

Autumn Shopping: 5 Things to Buy in Fall

Autumn isn't just for pumpkin-carving. For these five kinds of items, it can be a great time to "rake" in some savings.

When You Should and Shouldn't Rent

There are many great debates in the world: The chicken or the egg? John or Paul? Should you rent or not? This helps answer one of those.

Is Real Estate a Good Investment?

Young investors need strong investment returns that exceed the rate of inflation in order to avoid working in later years. Is real estate a good investment option?

Low Interest Rates Do Not Make Homes Affordable

If a good price seems to good to be true...it probably is. Learn how low interest rates drive home prices higher.

Book Review - Buying a Home: The Missing Manual

Housing prices have dropped all across America in the past couple years, and more people are looking into buying a property instead of renting. If you are an eager house hunte

The First Time Home Buyer Credit: How Big of a Deal Is It?

The first-time home buyer's credit has been hailed as one of the main drivers of the real estate market, but how big of a deal is it really?

Buying a Home Without the Money

This writer gives his reasons for buying a home now instead of waiting for a 20% down payment.