Buying a Home
Thanks to the Internet, being an informed home buyer has never been easier. No longer are buyers completely dependent upon real estate agents and mortgage lenders when it comes to gathering information. House listings are readily available online, as are interactive tools that can estimate mortgage payments and percentage rates. If you have never bought a home before, you can find step-by-step guides to the process online. Even seasoned real estate investors can turn to the Web for news and advice, as the market is constantly evolving. Whatever your needs, the Internet is an invaluable source of information for buying a house.
The purchase of a home is likely the single largest transaction you will ever make. If you're ... read more »
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As your hunting begins, you will soon find that there is no shortage of properties for sale. While ... read more »
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Whether you hire a broker to help you purchase a home is a personal decision. Some people feel better with professional assistance to ensure that every step of the home buying process is completed correctly. Others are quite confident executing the process by themselves and would rather put the money toward their new home. The sites in this section can help you sort it out.
- Ever wonder what the difference is between a real estate agent and a broker? This article from The Motley Fool can help you sort out the details.
- Generally, it's more common to use a buyer's broker when purchasing a condo or an apartment than for purchasing a house.
- There are some online-only brokers; for example: Foxtons or ZipRealty (ZipRealty shares 20 percent of their commission with you if you buy with them). Like many online-only businesses, these brokers are often less expensive than their real-world counterparts because they have lower operating costs.
is a trusted site with legal information about a variety of subjects. This article can help you determine whether you want to hire a broker or a real estate lawyer to help you purchase your home.
The Federal Trade Commission
provides a list of questions to ask a potential real estate agent or broker to determine if they are the best choice to help you purchase a new home. You'll also learn more about how commissions work and what commission fees you’ll likely pay as a buyer.
Now that you've found a home you like, it's time to do a little more sleuthing. As soon as possible ... read more »
Negotiating the price of a home requires the same level of research and preparation you've put into ... read more »
The process of obtaining a home loan can be arduous and confusing if you're not prepared before you ... read more »
The day you close on your new home can be a very exciting one but if you want it to go smoothly ... read more »
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