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The way Americans buy homes is changing — and it could mean trouble for the middle class

Most Americans don't have tons of cash floating around.<p>That can make buying a home difficult for some, as all-cash home sales remain above normal levels, The Wall Street Journal reports.<p>For many, buying a home means taking out a mortgage, but data from Attom Data Solutions shows that 28.8% of homes …

Home Sellers: These 7 Outdated Design Trends Could Hurt Your Chances of Finding a Buyer

We hate to say it, but trends do come and go. What was hot a few years ago may not be popular now and some long-scorned fads are making their way …

The Real Difference Between Rent and Mortgage

Were there an Apartment Therapy Magic 8 Ball, I bet it would get sick of answering the question "Is is better if I rent or buy?"<p>The truth is, there …

Real Estate

Simon Cowell buys an ocean-view compound in Malibu for $24 million

Music competition judge Simon Cowell has purchased a gated estate in Malibu for $24 million, The Times has confirmed. The seller was a corporate entity with ties to Brian Greenspun, the publisher and president of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.<p>Reached by a gated and tree-lined drive, the bluff-top …

Real Estate

2018: The Year Real Estate Takes Center Stage

Real estate prices are gaining momentum and will attract more attention in 2018.<p>Demand for middle class homes is simply too high to be ignored, …

HGTV Fans, Beware of This 'Property Brothers' Scam on Facebook

Jonathan and Drew Scott warned their fans to not fall for it.<p>Like thousands of others, Lisa Hartman, of Aurora, Colorado, is a fan of the …

Giving Grandma a tax break to get more homes on the market: realtors’ Prop. 13 ballot proposal

In the midst of California’s severe housing shortage and a federal tax overhaul, a statewide ballot initiative was quietly submitted this fall with …

The difficulties of climbing the property ladder

<b>What does the chart show?</b> <br>It illustrates how “mortgaged movers” — those with home loan borrowings looking to move up the housing ladder — have been …

How To See If Home Prices Are Rising Or Falling Where You Live

<b>INTERACTIVE MAP: See how real home prices have changed</b> since 2000, according to an analysis by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.<p>Home prices have finally clawed their way back to the peak of the housing bubble. That's on <i>average</i> nationally<i>.</i> The story is very different when you zoom in on …

Housing

9 Open House Hacks That'll Sell Your Home Before Buyers Even Knock

If you're prepping your home for an open house, you already know it's important to polish how your home looks <i>inside</i>. But many sellers overlook the …

The Country's Largest Ikea Has Made It Easier to Stockpile Its Latest Popular Series

4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal

Here's a nightmare scenario for anyone trying to sell a home: a deal-killing appraisal that shows your house isn't worth nearly as much as your sale …

Real Estate

Is a 20 percent down payment out of reach? How to get around that

Coming up with the cash to make a 20 percent down payment on a home is becoming increasingly impractical.<p>With home prices up more than 30 percent …

Personal Finance

The Shotgun House From "Fixer Upper" Now Costs Almost $1 Million

The homeowners originally bought it for (wait for it) $28,000.<p>If you want to witness the powers of Chip and Joanna Gaines, all you have to do is look at the price tag on this house. The power couple behind <i>Fixer Upper</i> made over this 1,050-square-foot shotgun house back in 2015 for season three. When …

5 Terrible Credit Score Myths

Your credit score can make a big difference in your financial life, and a poor score can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Make sure you're not …

5 Things I Learned From Buying My First Home

We thought we were in the clear once our offer was accepted.<p>When my husband and I bought our first home, it was not a quick or easy decision. For two years we followed the market, saved our money, and visited over a hundred open houses. Excessive? Sure. But we rarely make a decision partially …

Builder buys 18 acres near Rams stadium, announces plan for 228 homes

It will be a gated community<p>Construction of the future NFL stadium is already heating up Inglewood’s commercial real estate market, now comes news that a Los Angeles-based developer has purchased 18 acres in Inglewood near the future home of the Rams and Chargers and is reviving plans to build a …

How self-driving cars will profoundly change real estate

Menlo Ventures managing director Venky Ganesan says that urban spaces will change dramatically once self-driving cars become widespread.<p>"The average …

Real Estate

Los Angeles hits a milestone: 4 million people and counting

Los Angeles gained 42,470 people from 2016 to 2017.<p>That might not seem like a lot, but it was enough to push the city’s population over the 4-million mark — to 4,041,707, according to a new state report.<p>The milestone isn’t much of a surprise, given that other studies already put the city’s …

Demographics

Killer Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

<b>Simple Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell</b><p>These days, staging your home to sell is almost as essential as making the beds before a viewing. A few decades …

Real Estate

Buy Your First Home in One Year: A Step-by-Step Guide

This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much …

6 Things Homebuyers Should Never Say During A Tour

While it may be tempting for buyers to say what’s on their mind during the house hunt, agents should encourage them to pause for a moment. There are …

7 reasons your home isn't selling

You may not be able to move until you sell, or maybe you're making extra mortgage payments each month until you get your house off the market.<p>So why is it taking so long for your house to sell?<p>1. Your house is overpriced<p>Just like any other item, price is critical when selling a house. You might …

5 FHA Mortgage Quirks EVERY Home Buyer Should Know

5 FHA Mortgage Quirks ALL Buyers Should Know<p>The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has experienced a big surge in business over the last few years as …

9 Misconceptions About Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is a confusing process, and it doesn’t help that there are loads of common myths about real estate that you probably don’t …

Personal Finance

5 Things Lenders Look For in a Loan Application

Banks and lenders take a risk whenever they approve someone for a mortgage loan. There's no guarantee, after all, that the borrower will pay the loan …

Personal Finance

5 first-time homebuyer mortgage options

A look at the most attractive financing options for new buyers<p>Over the last few years, many reports, studies, and articles have proclaimed that homeownership is no longer a key part of the American dream. It’s true that millennials are delaying buying homes, but other studies show that younger …

17 Tips From a First-Time Homeowner That Will Change the Way You Buy a Home

Before buying your first home, there are plenty of people who will be feeding you advice — your parents, your friends, your real estate agent, your accountant, your psychologist — and although a lot of the advice may be repetitive, there are still so many important things that slip your mind. After …

Real Estate

Using Your IRA to Buy Real Estate

There are other ways to invest in real estate in your IRA that won’t jeopardize your account’s tax-advantaged status.<p>Q<i>I'd like to invest in a rental</i> …