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Home Buying 101 Archive


Is a Bigger Lot Better When Buying a Home?

By June Fletcher, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


Tips on Finding Country Property

By Curtis Seltzer ...


New Trends in Real Estate Decisions

By Lauren Baier Kim ...


How to Find True Values in Foreclosures

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


How to Handle a Loan Modification

By Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine ...


Regional Spotlight: Maryland Foreclosures Fall in September

RISMEDIA, Oct. 17, 2007-(MCT)-Foreclosures were down in September, both nationally and in Maryland. But why is still uncertain. ...


Wire Fraud? What to Do When Problems Surface After Declining a Home Inspection

By Lew Sichelman ...


New California Appraisal Law is Good First Step to Protect Appraisers and Homeowners

RISMEDIA, Oct. 11, 2007-Last Friday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law, SB 223. This bill is an attempt to reform the system that puts pressure on appraisers to hit a predetermined value for a property, set by the mortgage brokers or homeowners to make a sale go through. ...


Four Ways to Fend Off Foreclosure

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch ...


True or False: If a House Lingers, is There Something Wrong With It?

By June Fletcher, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


Prudential Georgia Realty: State of the Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2007-The market facts tell us that-right now-there is a truly unique window of opportunity for well-informed buyers of residential real estate. As we look back historically, there have been previous "windows of opportunity" for buying real estate, stocks and other investments. How many times have we heard ...


APR Often Misleads Borrowers into Costlier Mortgage Loans

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2007-Borrowers who shop for mortgages based on the loan's annual percentage rate (APR) often choose costlier mortgage loans without ever knowing it. Using APR as a determining factor when selecting a loan is actually a very poor and unreliable way to comparison shop for the best mortgage, ...


In a Recession, Does Land Offer Refuge?

By Curtis Seltzer ...


How to Evaluate Mortgage Bail-out Programs

By Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine ...


Real Estate In Your 70s: To Buy a Home or Rent

By Kelly Greene, The Wall Street Journal Online ...