home buying

7 Penalty-Free Ways to Withdraw Money From Your Retirement Account

Borrow money from your IRA, penalty-free? It's possible in these seven scenarios!

7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Your First House

Buying a house? Before you rush in, review this list for first-time buyers.

6 Money Moves to Make for Tomorrow's Mortgage

A home is one of life's biggest purchases. Long before you're ready to buy, prepare for the big step by making these smart money moves.

5 Appraisal Facts That Could Save You Big Money

A low appraisal may cost you a home loan or sale. Check out these tips on getting the appraisal you need.

Denied a Mortgage? Here's How to Fix It Fast

Depending on why a mortgage is denied, disappointed homebuyers often still have a shot at homeownership. Find out how to go from no to yes.

6 Interesting Ways Technology Can Help You Buy a Home

House hunting is easier, faster and more fun thanks to these new tools. Are you taking full advantage of them?

The 4 Most Overpriced U.S. Housing Markets

If you're looking to buy in one of these four overheated markets, you may want to act fast — or reconsider buying at all.

The 8 Worst Home Sale Horror Stories

Buying or selling a house is rarely easy, but these eight home sales turned into actual home sale horror shows.

Wise Bread Reloaded: Real Estate Market Rebound?

The real estate market continues on the mend. This week's Reloaded refreshes your understanding of home buying, home selling, and home refinance.

8 Things Real Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

Your real estate agent represents your interests, right? Not always. Learn the secrets your agent might be hiding from you.

Can You Really Afford to Live in Your Dream City?

You can make that move happen — just make sure you consider these five things.

8 Ways to Reduce Mortgage Closing Costs

Mortgage closing costs can add up to thousands of dollars. Discover how you can easily and drastically reduce these costs.

How Emotions Can Hurt a Home Buyer

Granite counters and fresh paint can lead a buyer to overlook a home's flaws. Avoid buying the wrong house by recognizing these common biases.

Buy the Same House Twice for Less Than Buying It Once

Interest rates have ticked up recently, which means homeowners who've been on the fence about refinancing may want to act soon. Here's what to to expect.

Growin' Home: How Much House Do You Really Need?

Our houses are getting bigger, but what about our needs? If you're ready to build or buy a new home, maybe it's time to decide how much is too much.

Finding a Starter Home That's Also a Forever Home

Why can't your starter home be your forever home, too? Here's how to make sure what you buy today will work for you tomorrow.

5 Signs the House You Want to Buy Is a Money Pit

Ready to dive into home ownership? Look beyond appearances to spot potentially serious — and expensive — repair and maintenance needs.

7 Financial Must Haves for the First-Time Home Buyer

Making the leap into homeownership for the first time? Before you buy, make sure you've covered these seven financial basics.

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My Second House

You might think that once you've bought one house, you're a pro. But being a second-time homebuyer can come with some unexpected surprises.

How to Find and Hire a Real Estate Agent

Choosing the right real estate agent is the first of many difficult decisions home buyers and sellers must make. Here's how to make the right choice.