Practical Advice For Homebuyers


What are pocket listings and why are they on the rise?

In the past few months, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of ‘pocket listings.’ Here’s a quick look at what pocket listings are, why they’re becoming more commonplace, and what it…

Mortgage meltdown trend: The wealthy are walking away from their homes too

There’s an old saying: The rich are different. But lately, that difference is shrinking, as some affluent homeowners face foreclosure and struggle with mortgage payments just like everyone else. Folks who bought…

Don’t buy a condo if you don’t want to follow the rules

Most condo owners don’t give their covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) much thought—until they do something the CC&Rs forbid. CC&Rs are the governing documents that spell out how a homeowners association (HOA)…

How Google can add to your home’s value

There’s a ‘light-filled’ 1894 Victorian house for sale in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Among the advertised amenities: Two bedrooms, a library/media room with fireplace—and proximity to the Google shuttle. You’ve probably seen…

Imagine paying an extra $4K per month for your mortgage

Let's say you've just bought a $525,000 home with a 20 percent down payment. At current 30-year fixed conforming loan mortgage rates, your monthly payment is $2,206.80. Now, take that same loan…

Top Mistakes Homebuyers Make

We all make mistakes. But when you’re buying a home, some false steps can cost you a lot of money, create unnecessary aggravation, or even cause you to lose out on the…

The clock is ticking on first-time homebuyer and repeat buyer tax credits

The first-time homebuyer and repeat buyer tax credits expire on April 30. As of this moment, there doesn’t seem to be a movement to extend these credits again. But before you rush…

In Brooklyn: Norah Jones’ brownstone WindowGate- and what it means for you

Singer Norah Jones has been in the news lately. Actually, let’s be more specific: Her Brooklyn townhouse has been in the news. And in what’s been branded as WindowGate, there’s a lesson…

Tips for buying and selling a home at the same time

Should you get an offer on your home before you try to find a home to buy? Or should you find the home you want before putting yours on the market? Will…

More iPad and iPhone real estate apps for homebuyers and sellers

I’ve had my Apple iPad for several days now, and one of the apps I love is Zillow, the iPad version of Zillow.com. Zillow for the iPad (a free app) puts a huge amount…