Advice for everyone
the best time to buy? To sell? -- There's a distinct home
buying season. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, knowing
what the season is can help you plot your strategy.
timeline for buying a new home -- You have got plenty
to do. We'll help you keep track of what and when you need
to do it.
questions sellers hope you don't ask -- Sellers often
operate on a don't ask, don't tell system. Here are some common
house queries they aren't going to volunteer to discuss.
hot in housing -- And, just as importantly, what is definitely
not so hot.
you remodel or move? -- You can fix it up or you can buy
a new house. Some things to think about before you decide.
breaks for homeowners -- There are lots of tax reasons
to own a home. Here's how to make the most of them and avoid
Tips for first-time buyers
or rent? -- Sure, buying a house has advantages, but it's
not for everyone. Take our quiz to see whether homeownership
is for you.
deals for first-time home buyers -- Before you arrange
financing for a new home, check with your state's housing
agency. You could save a bundle.
housing finance agencies
exploit down-payment loophole -- Nonprofit groups help
home buyers obtain down payments with taxpayer backing.
five home-buying mistakes -- Buyer
beware! Watch out for these common mistakes that can cost
home buyers money and peace of mind.
buying for unmarried couples -- Real estate transactions
can be more binding than a marriage contract. Learn the legalities
of home buying and unwed love.
a home without a down payment -- A variety of programs
make it possible to move in without cash up front.
become a force in home buying -- Women are finding their
places in homes, all right, and in record numbers.
a house online -- It can save you time, money and lots
of shoe leather.
a house long distance -- Some steps to make it easier
to find a new home in an unfamiliar community.
Your housing choices
a new house vs. buying used -- Each approach has both
pros and cons.
offer an alternative -- Lease-now, buy-later plan has
advantages for both buyers and sellers.
scoop on condos and co-ops -- Got your eye on a sharp
apartment? The form of ownership can make a big difference
in your life when choosing between condos and co-ops.
critical questions to ask before buying a condo or co-op
historic property takes patience, cash -- You had better
inspect before you purchase or restore, say the experts.
lurking homeowner associations and covenants, conditions and
restrictions -- If the neighborhood looks too good to
be true, it just may be. Learn what rules, regulations and
restrictions will effect your life before you sign on the
steps to survive the HOA challenge
association horror stories
Understanding real estate agents
a buyer do without an agent? -- It could lower the price,
but it's a path with pitfalls.
an agent? Get smart! -- Don't be so eager to shop for
the house that you forget to carefully compare agents.
'your' agent really working for you? -- Relationships
between agents, clients, and customers can be confusing and
misleading. Here's help figuring out what's what and who's
Do your homework before buying
inspection: The hidden horrors -- A general inspection
may not be enough to catch problems with fences, pools, or
chimneys. For those you may need a specialist.
an inspector will and won't check
your trust your home inspector?
your neighborhood, not just your house -- Before you buy,
make sure that lot across the street isn't slated to become
a landfill. Here's how to check on your prospective community
before you move in.