Practical Advice For Homebuyers


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How to do owner financing in a real estate transaction

In my last post, ‘What is a lease to buy option?,’ I explained how a lease to buy agreement can help sellers sale their property to a buyer who doesn’t have the down…

What is a lease to buy option in real estate

A difficult real estate market often forces buyers and sellers to get creative with financing. One example of this that I see occasionally is a lease to buy agreement. Let’s say you’re trying…

Apple iPad real estate apps could save homebuyers and agents time

No doubt Apple’s iPad, which hits stores Saturday (April 3), will be a cool gadget to have around the house. But the wireless tablet could also help you buy a house. Already, at…

iPhone apps for homebuyers, sellers and homeonwers

It’s one thing to use your computer to search real estate listings, find open houses, and get a sense for crime rates in a specific neighborhood. But now you can do all…
How to buy a house in 2016

How much house can I afford?

Lower home prices and interest rates make this a great time to buy a house. But figuring out exactly how much house you can afford can be tricky. A lot of variables…

Why you should ask your agent to be proactive during the appraisal process

If you’re a homebuyer or you’re looking to refinance, you should be aware of yet another potential stumbling block to getting financing. Obtaining an appraisal that accurately represents the fair market value…
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How to get started in real estate investing

With home prices and mortgage rates so low, people are seriously considering taking advantage, not only as homebuyers but as real estate investors. In some places, you can potentially "cash flow" a…

What is a short sale in real estate

"What is a short sale in real estate?” is a question I hear a lot these days. Basically, a short sale is when the total market value of your property equals less…

What does tenants in common mean in real estate?

If you’re a first-time buyer new to real estate, you’ve probably come across the term TIC. In real estate terms, TIC stands for tenants in common, ortenancy in common. A TIC is a way…

Zillow.com can give you a quick view of houses for sale (and more)

Zillow.com is a popular online tool many buyers and sellers use to ‘zestimate’ current home values. You type in an address, and Zillow provides an estimate on the home’s value (whether it’s…