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Taking the plunge: A guide to buying a house for unmarried couples

February 15, 2018

You’re not married, but you and your partner are considering a big commitment: buying a home together. Should you? Here are the financial and legal questions to consider before you take the plunge.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying a House in 2018
February 7, 2018   |   Updated: February 9, 2018

Is 2018 the year you buy a house? Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 housing market, including the inventory situation, the direction of interest rates and the effects of tax reform.

Buying a home in 2018 is all about the timing
February 7, 2018

Are you ready to buy a house in 2018? How do you decide whether buying or renting makes the most sense? If you buy, what time of year will get you the best bargain? Find the answers to your burning homebuying questions.

Home purchase with land lease: is it a good idea?
January 22, 2018

Do you want to save money on your next home purchase? Consider a land lease, in which you retain homeownership rights while renting the land. Be sure to explore the pros and cons, so there are no surprises.

How to buy real estate with bitcoin
January 16, 2018

It seems like everyone’s talking about bitcoin. If you have a stash of bitcoin that has skyrocketed in value, you may be wondering: Can I buy a house with bitcoin? You can — if you know how to do it. Here are some essential tips for buying real estate with bitcoin.

5 essential moves to make after the seller accepts your offer
January 10, 2018

The seller has accepted your offer on their house. Great! Now what? Here are five essential moves you need to make after your offer is accepted to ensure a smooth closing.

For sale by owner homes: should you buy one?
January 9, 2018

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) homes have a similar purchase process as agent-listed homes. Learn where to find these properties and how to successfully close a deal.

7 steps to buying a new construction home
December 29, 2017

Buying a house from a builder requires additional steps and due diligence. Learn how to buy a new construction home and what risks to look out for when house hunting and negotiating.

Is buying a home a good investment?
December 26, 2017

Although homeowners often consider their houses an investment, primary residences rarely meet the qualities of a good investment. It may still be the right decision to buy, however.

Before you buy, here’s what you need to know about encumbrances
December 12, 2017

Encumbrances, which include easements, encroachments and liens, can have a big impact on how you can use your property, and can even affect home sales. Here’s what you need to know about encumbrances before making an offer on a house.

Do I need to get a property surveyed before buying it?
December 12, 2017

If you’re buying a house, do you need to get the property surveyed? It’s often not required, but it’s usually not a bad idea. Here’s why.