Articles on Real Estate and Housing

How to Avoid Getting Scammed With a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages don't have the best reputation, but when entered into wisely, an HECM can offer seniors strapped for cash real help.

9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings

Household money pits aren't always obvious. Beware these sneaky money sinks hiding right under your nose.

You're Ready to Make an Offer on a House: Now What?

You've found your dream home, secured a lender and a mortgage — now comes the hard part.

10 Dumb Ways to Scare Off Potential Homebuyers

Before you put your home on the market take a look around. Would you buy a place that looks like yours?

Thinking of Skipping the Home Inspection? Here's What It Will Cost You

Think you can save a few bucks by skipping a home inspection? Think again.

5 Things You Need to Know When Renting-to-Own a Home

Rent-to-own can be a lifeline for those with poor credit. Before snagging the keys to your soon-to-be dream home, brush up on what you need to know.

6 "Tourist Towns" That Are Actually Great to Live In

They may look picture-perfect on a postcard, but these tourist towns are also ideal spots to put down roots.

Best Money Tips: The Most Affordable U.S. Cities of 2016

Today we found articles on the most affordable cities in the U.S., how the Brexit vote will affect the cost of travel, and ways to cook dinner in the dishwasher.

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Second Home in Retirement

A vacation home is a lifetime dream. For retirees, living the dream comes with an extra dose of reality.

8 Moves to Make If You Need to Break Your Lease

No one ever thinks they'll need to break their lease — but things happen. Avoid legal — and financial — pitfalls by handling it smartly.

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy a House (Yet)

You dream of kissing the renters' life goodbye, but not so fast. You might not be ready to be a homeowner just yet.

Moving? Don't Skimp on These Critical Expenses

Nobody likes moving, and nobody likes paying for it either. You can make the day go easier — with less damage to your stuff — by spending wisely.

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!

9 Things You Need to Know About a Home Appraisal

If you're a total newbie to the housing market, a home appraisal is your ticket to paying a fair price.

The Only 5 Rules You Need to Know About Investing in Real Estate

With home prices appreciating nicely these days, you may be tempted to invest in residential real estate. Here's what you need to know.

10 Questions Landlords Can't Ask

It's hard enough finding a place to rent in a tough market without having to answer a bunch of probing questions. Happily, you don't have to.

The Only 5 Rules of Home Buying You Need to Know

Buying a home can be seem scary — and complicated. But if you keep these basics in mind, you'll soon have the home of your dreams.

Everything You Need to Know About Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

The names Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae probably ring a bell, especially if you've applied for a mortgage lately — but who or what, are they, exactly?

7 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Foreclosed Home

Are foreclosures all risk and no reward? Well, not always. Here are a few things to consider before calling one home.

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance, Anyway?

That little acronym — PMI — pops up quite a bit for new homeowners. Here's what it is, and how much it may cost you.