General Real Estate Advice & Tips


How to Buy Real Estate in 2014 (and Later)

Last year, you probably saw lots of up-and-down news reports and trend stories about the housing market. All this information can make it hard to know how to buy real estate, or…

3 Tips on How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection

When you sign a real estate contract, the counter offers have been made. So it’s easy to assume that the deal will go on auto-pilot until closing. But that's not the reality.…
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Who Pays Closing Costs on a Home?

At the end of a real estate transaction, who pays closing costs on a home? Buyers? Sellers? Both? Here’s what you need to know. 1. Buyers have more items. In a closing,…
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Who Owns Air Rights Above Your House?

Usually, you only hear about “air rights” in New York and other big cities. Even if you live in a suburban neighborhood, though, you should have an understanding of air rights in…
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What Does Sale Pending Mean in Real Estate?

What does Sale Pending mean in real estate? Does it mean the home is totally unobtainable? Or does an interested buyer still have a chance? Here’s what you should know to decide…

6 Tips for Competing Against Cash Buyers in Real Estate

Cash buyers in real estate have a reputation for snatching up homes out from under credit buyers. But if you’ll be financing your home purchase mostly with credit, you aren’t necessarily out…

Why Does Location Matter in Real Estate?

Ask just about any real estate agent what the three most important things a property should have, and they’ll likely say: "location location location.” But why does location matter in real estate? For…

Why School Districts Matter When Buying a Home

Even if you don't have or never plan to have school-age children, the quality of nearby schools can have an impact on how much you pay, and how much you sell a…

How to Lower Your HOA Dues

You've probably accepted your monthly homeowners association (HOA) dues at face value. But like any budget, you may be able to reduce that monthly expense. Here’s how to lower your HOA dues.…

How to Get Lucky In Real Estate

A lot of buyers and sellers wonder how to get lucky in real estate. Sometimes, they turn to superstitions passed down through generations. The thinking goes that if you follow these superstitions, you’ll…