Beginner’s Buying Guide Part 4: making offers

Beginner’s Buying Guide Part 4: making offers

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Great! You've found a place you want. Now you can ask your agent to submit an offer for you. The agent fills out a contract with all the relevant information; of course this includes how much you are willing to pay, but it also outlines a schedule for inspections and...

Beginners Buying Guide, step 2

Beginners Buying Guide, step 2

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There are a lot of potential pitfalls in buying a home, so it is useful to have a knowledgeable person to represent you in your negotiations. Here's how to pick the right one.

Beginners Buying Guide, step 1

Beginners Buying Guide, step 1

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Figuring out how you're going to finance your house may be the least fun part of the home buying experience, but there are a few reasons why it does need to come before you start actually shopping for houses.

Will I owe taxes when I sell my house?

Will I owe taxes when I sell my house?

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Real estate is a “tax advantaged” investment. One of the times this advantage comes into play is when you sell a property. The rules are different depending on whether you are talking about a primary residence or an investment property, but Uncle Sam wants to give...

There’s more than one way to sell a house…

There’s more than one way to sell a house…

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there’s actually more than one way to sell a house: be sure to find the one that works best for you and your current situation, based on what's going on in your life and what your motivations are for the sale.

“House hacking” your way into real estate investing

“House hacking” your way into real estate investing

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There are tons of ways to invest in real estate. But which is the best way for a beginner to get started? Well, for people without a lot of cash sitting around, buying an owner occupied duplex can be a fantastic way to get the ball rolling.

Beware this refinance trap!

Beware this refinance trap!

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Rates are down! Should I refinance?It’s hard not to get excited about the opportunity to lower your mortgage payment. But before you jump on that new low rate make sure you’ve done a little math to make sure that “better deal” is really better for your long...