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…
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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…

How does foreclosure work

Around the country, home values have dropped dramatically in the past few years. Some people who bought with 'zero down' or even 10 percent down when lending was easy, find themselves with…

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…
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Who lived in my house before me?

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you owned it? Well, you might get the chance to find out one day when someone unexpectedly knocks on your door. If…
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