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Before You Buy a Condo: Know the Costs of Ownership - Financial Web

Before you <b>buy a condo</b>, consider the financial costs added to the sales price through maintenance and other issues. While condos often appear to be …

Real Estate

Watch Out for These 5 Last Minute Home Buying Costs

In 2015, 5,250,000 existing homes and 510,000 newly constructed properties were sold in the U.S. And as Wise Bread predicted back in December 2015, …

4 Things Your Bank Won't Tell You When You Get a Mortgage

2. Time is not your friend.<p>As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau strives to create more transparency within the mortgage industry, there are …

This company will help with a down payment, but it wants a stake in your new home

When Ricardo and Catherine Soto were looking to buy a home in Chula Vista, they knew that even after selling their old house in El Cajon they would be able to afford a down payment of only about 10%.<p>But when buying a home, 20% is the magic number. It means not only borrowing less but also avoiding …

Real Estate

How to Write a Homebuyer’s Letter to a Seller | Investopedia

One strategy people are using today to stand out from the crowd and compete with all-cash buyers in a hot real estate market is writing a homebuyer’s …

15+ Of The Greatest Shower Thoughts Of All Time

Many people have some of their smartest and most creative ideas in the shower, as well as some of their most profoundly philosophical thoughts. …

Selling Your House? Better Prepare for the Home Inspection

You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that …

Home Improvement

The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid

A mortgage is the biggest debt most of us will ever carry, and a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make.<p>That's why it's so important …

How to find a starter home in a hot housing market

An overheated real estate market is never good news for buyers in search of a budget-friendly starter home.<p>But thanks to increased confidence in the economy, leading more people to make large purchases like new homes, that’s exactly the type of real estate market 2017 is ushering in.<p>According to a …

The 28/36 Rule: How It Affects Your Mortgage Approval

Here's how the 28/36 rule affects your ability to get a mortgage to buy a home, plus some tricks for getting the biggest mortgage you can afford.<p>Want …

Canyon Country=CHANGE

The sleepy, laid-back vibe that has been Canyon Country for the last half century is going to take a bit of a youth serum, in the form of 3 …

6 Cheap Tricks for Home Security

<b>1. Moultrie Trace Perimeter and Premise Surveillance Cameras</b><br>Moultrie has been making game cameras for many years, and brought the company's …

My Whole Foods Real Estate Rule

Income properties near a Whole Foods are a safe bet, and other guides for investing.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some people have certain criteria when they search for real estate deals, such as a 6 percent or 7 percent cap rate, or that each unit has to be under …

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Ask Brianna: How can I lessen the financial pain of moving?

"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to …

10 questions you should always ask when buying a house

<b>Buying a home can be a daunting experience and knowing the right questions to ask can be confusing.</b><p>It's important that buyers can make an informed …

Los Angeles condo comparison: What $400K buys you around LA

It’s just enough for a tiny studio in West Hollywood<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Curbed Comparisons</i><i>, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. We've found five condos within $10,000 of today’s price: $400,000.</i><p>↑At 431 square feet in size, this West Hollywood condo is …

If You Like Fixer Upper, You're Going to Love These 7 Stores

| Sat., Jul. 22, 2017 6:00 AM<p>A post shared by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on May 30, 2017 at 5:10pm PDT<p>You know <b>Chip</b> and <b>Joanna Gaines</b>.<p>Not …

6 Things the World's Most Beautiful Kitchens Have in Common

You can join the club, too — even on a small budget.<p>After double tapping and repinning hundreds of kitchens (not to mention spending the entire day, five days a week in one), we've become experts in identifying what draws a person's eye to a cooking space — and we've noticed one really cool thing: …

Millennials Are Buying Homes Because of Their Dogs - Not Their Children or Marriages

They want a better yard for their best friend<p>It’s no secret that millennials love dogs and now their four-legged friends are starting to influence …

Getting a mortgage approval could be easier than you think

So what does it take to get approved for a mortgage to buy a house this summer, whether you're a first-timer, planning to move up or downsize? Maybe not all that you think.<p>For most people, the key requirement is that you've got the right package — acceptable credit score, down payment, financial …

Bye-bye Silver Lake, hello Pacoima: How one couple tackled L.A.'s sky-high real estate prices

Steve Adams, a nurse, and Rebekah Adams, a funeral director, arrived in Los Angeles five years ago from Minnesota, ready for a new adventure.<p>They weren't naive about it. No illusions of living on a beach compound or anything like that. But they did not expect the sticker shock to feel like an …

7 Pricing Myths to Stop Believing If You Ever Hope to Sell Your House

Pricing your own home is hard, what with all the history and hopes this magic number entails. Of course, you want to make a profit. Of course, all …

Real Estate

How To Find a Home That'll Actually Make Money When You Sell

For most of us, buying a first home is a pretty big deal. We're all indoctrinated from a young age with the more romantic aspects of becoming …

How Buying a House Saved My Family $11,470 in Just 1 Year

I am so ardently <i>against</i> buying a house that <b>Zillow</b> once quoted me extolling the virtues of renting. While friends bought homes right after college, I was reticent -- choosing to put it in my 403(b) instead. That was -- and continues to be -- <i>by far</i> the smartest financial move.<p>Not only will your down …

Think Gentrification Is Bad? The Opposite Is Worse

By: Ryan McMaken <br>We've long been told that gentrification is the scourge of many communities, and we've become very familiar with the scenario: a …