When you’re saving up to buy your first house, you’re likely accounting for mortgage costs and monthly payments, adding in insurance and maybe even a realtor’s fee. But there are a ton of other costs you might not know about. Down Payment How much you pay to the seller upfront on the price of the
The real estate market has made quite a recovery from the recession lows. Home values have been steadily increasing for a number of years. Now is a great time to sell your home depending on which market you live in. Selling a house isn’t a cakewalk like some might imagine. It takes a fair amount
Most people who watch home renovation shows on TV can quickly spout off the home improvement projects that bring added value in the eyes of potential buyers. The first projects most people mention: kitchen and bathroom remodels. But sometimes you just don’t have the time, patience, or budget to do a full overhaul, especially if
If you’re feeling like you’ve outgrown your current home, you might be considering a move. And with housing markets around the country heating up with the weather, it’s peak house hunting season. But what if the idea of moving stresses you out? What if you like your yard and your neighborhood, but just not your
Do you currently live in a house but find yourself eyeing the possibility of a condo lately? Have you been considering downsizing but aren’t sure it will fit your lifestyle? Downsizing to a condo is something that buyers of all ages are doing thanks to the many benefits that go along with making that move.
You’re a new homeowner — congrats! The hardest part is over, for sure (saying goodbye to most of your savings isn’t easy, after all). But the money hemorrhage isn’t finished just yet. There are several under-the-radar and often overlooked fees and expenses that accompany home ownership that a newbie like you might miss. Keep tabs