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Home Buying 101 Archive


Are you Prepared to be Ruled by a Homeowners Association?

By Andrea Coombes, MarketWatch ...


Q& A: What Happens to your Credit Score When You Get Married?

By Lew Sichelman ...


Curb Appeal: Five Tips for Inspecting Your Landscape

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-If you're a homeowner, chances are you will spend a portion of your weekend landscaping your yard. Whether you're over-seeding the lawn, mulching the garden or planting shrubs and trees, landscaping is a great tool to increase the perceived value of your home. What homeowners and potential buyers ...


Buying Foreclosures: Deal or No Deal?

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-Buyers and would-be investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. All homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal. ...


The Pros and Cons of Refinancing your Home

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-Consumers with adjustable rate mortgages scheduled to reset in the coming months might be researching their refinancing options-especially considering the recent drop in 30-year fixed mortgage rates. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates dropped to 6.25% last week in anticipation of the Federal ...


The Eight Documents You’ll Need to Get a Mortgage Approved

RISMEDIA, Sept. 28, 2007-Getting a mortgage home loan might seem like a tedious process, but if you do your part to look good on paper, you can increase your eligibility for the best interest rates (https://www.informars.com/equifax/). Financial institutions primarily consider three main areas in determining who is eligible for a ...


Six Low-cost Interior Touch-ups for Apartment Renters

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch ...


Study Says: Global Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and Two Men and a Truck Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction

RISMEDIA, Sept. 26, 2007- J.D. Power and Associates released its 2007 Full-Service Moving Company Customer Satisfaction StudySM this week. Global Van Lines ranks highest for long distance moves, while Mayflower Transit ranks highest for local moves in the Northeast, South and West regions and Two Men and a Truck ranks ...


Retiring With a Mortgage?

RISMEDIA, Sept. 21, 2007-(WSJ.com)-It's an increasingly common dilemma: You want to retire -- but you haven't yet retired your mortgage.Even before the recent debt-driven housing boom and bust, the numbers were getting ugly. Among households headed by someone age 65 to 74, over 32% had a mortgage on their primary ...


10 Ways to Protect Your Relationship When Buying a Home

By Connie De Groot ...


How to Protect Your Relationship When Buying a Home

By Connie De Groot ...


Real Estate 2.0: Sites Allow Users to Exchange Information about Houses

RISMEDIA, Sept. 18, 2007-(MCT)-It used to be you went to online real estate sites in search of pictures and information about homes for sale. Then came virtual tours, aerial maps, and easy access to data about comparable sales. Now comes a slew of sites encouraging you to chat about real ...


The Kitchen Goes on a Diet As Homeowners Trim Budgets

By June Fletcher ...


Is a Home Equity Loan Right for You?

RISMEDIA, Sept. 13, 2007-One major asset that many homeowners tend to overlook when seeking a way out of a financial hardship is right under their noses...or perhaps more accurately, right over their heads: their home. Your home is an investment and there's no reason it can't yield valuable returns for ...


Despite Public Perception, Mortgages are Still Attainable

RISMEDIA, Sept. 12, 2007-(MCT)-Easy credit...no money down...bad credit OK...no income verification. Those come-ons for home loans were common just a few years ago, as numerous lenders tried to cash in on the home buying frenzy and the impossible hype that house values would rise higher and higher each year without ...