Now or Later: When Is the Right Time to Buy a Home?

A few weeks ago, an eye-catching article surfaced on the Investopedia web site—one with the arresting title of “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” We have always assumed that for a prospective home buyer, the answer to that question varies by the individual circumstances. But if there is a more cut-and-dried universal answer, …

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Parents Consider Home Rental for College-Bound Kid

For many parents of high school seniors, these are hold-your-breath days—the time of year when college acceptance letters begin showing up in mailboxes. If all goes well, after settling on a school, next comes tackling the array of decisions that follow. Chief among them: where he or she will live. Many parents tend to take …

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Investor Choice: Flipping or Buy-and-Hold?

When you own the local home your family lives in, you are by definition a real estate investor: it comes with the turf. Your investment is essentially a passive one. Until the day you decide to sell and move on, any improvement in its value is secondary to how well it serves to shelter your …

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Skeletons in Your House for Sale’s Closet? Fear Not!

Would you buy a house where someone died? Would it make a difference if the death was peaceful or…otherwise?
You might never have considered such questions, but the answers can become a serious issue for a house for sale—especially if it has a history that could be right out of a CSI episode. And what if …

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Home Values and the Puzzling “Starbucks Effect”

Starbucks will boost your home’s value?
This was the  “hot home-buying tip” splashed all over the airwaves at the end of last month—one that town real estate watchers probably assumed had to be one of those weird, crazy coincidence feature stories that crop up from time to time. It was a little surprising that Zillow, the …

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St Patrick’s Day: Perfect Day for Selling a Home?

Many people don’t fully understand why it is that St. Patrick’s is the perfect day for selling a local home, or for buying one. But if ever there were a right time to explain it, this is it. There is one drawback to any such explanation, though: namely, that it makes so little sense.
That does …

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Relocating Means Prioritizing Crucial Elements

Once you’re mentally prepared for the relocating experience (to self: “it’s definitely the right move”), where is the first order of business. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your area home anyway—the family simply needs more space. Perhaps relocating is necessary for work reasons; or now that the kids have moved out, you’re ready to downsize. No matter …

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6 Tips for Investors Considering a Foreign Property

In today’s globalized economy, purchasing a foreign property has become an option for local buyers who in earlier times would never have even considered it. As an investment, a vacation or retirement property, or as an accommodation for children studying abroad, there are many reasons why you might decide to look into purchasing a property …

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The Fed Finds Financial Rewards Follow Buying a House

It can feel a little like a trip to the shore in springtime, before the summer sun has warmed the water. The water might be okay—but it also might be bone-chilling! Most town residents will choose caution, and stick their toe in, first…
Deciding whether to buy a house when you have been renting for a …

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Jumbo Loans’ Share of U.S. Mortgages Notch 10-Year High

Inside Mortgage Finance is a periodical that precisely lives up to its name: residential real estate professionals can turn to it for the latest word on national trends inside the mortgage industry. Admittedly, this usually makes for pretty dull reading for outsiders (that is, everyone else); but one story in last week’s edition was interesting …

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