Home Buying Tips

4 things first-time homebuyers need to know

by Kathryn Vasel   @KathrynVasel May 11, 2017: 3:27 PM ET My wife and I are hoping to be first-time homebuyers this year. We’ll likely blow our savings on the down payment and closing costs. What’s the best way to handle the

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The Rookie’s Guide to Investing in Real Estate

By Craig Donofrio | Jan 25, 2017 Barry Blackman/iStock When you wrap the covers around you at night, do dreams of townhouses, condos, ski cabins, and beach houses dance in your head? Do you fantasize about becoming the Trump of your town, but don’t know

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Are Property Taxes Included in Mortgage Payments?

Paying property taxes is inevitable for homeowners. The amount each homeowner pays per year varies depending on local tax rates and a property’s assessed value (or a yearly estimate of a property’s market value). If you’re unsure of how and when you must pay real

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Real Estate Terms Every Aspiring Homeowner Should Know

(Image credit: Anna Spaller) Looking to buy your first home? Struggling to make sense of an avalanche of new terminology? You’re not alone. Taking your first foray into the world of real estate can feel like being dropped unceremoniously into a foreign country.