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What to do before making an offer

You've found a home you like, and you're ready to put in an offer to make it yours. But before you take that step, there are lots of things to cross off your to-do list. To avoid running into problems with your purchase and getting buyer's remorse, complete...

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Smart moves for home buyers

Buying a home is a big step -- it's possible that it'll be the largest purchase you'll ever make. You want to get it right. Use these tips to guide you through the process: Save for a down payment Usually, the more money you can put down on a home, the better....

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10 Big home buying mistakes

Buying a home is a big step and a tricky process, with lots of obstacles to trip you up. Avoid these classic home-buying mistakes when purchasing your next place, so hopefully your buying experience will be a trouble-free one. Moving too fast Purchasing...

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Homeowners associations: Good or bad?

If you buy a condo or a home in a planned community, chances are it will be subject to the rules and regulations of a Homeowners' Association (HOA). HOAs can be a benefit and a foil for homeowners. Read this guide to figure out if you'd enjoy living with an...

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The real costs of home ownership

The true costs of owning a home can be staggering for a first-time homeowner. In addition to the expenses you might expect (like your mortgage) other costs, like maintenance and utilities, can run up the bill. Here's a list of what you can expect to pay beyond...

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Tax tips for home owners

Buying and owning a home is a big expense -- besides the purchase price, there are the property taxes, heating and cooling costs, maintenance expenses…the list goes on. But the good news is that there are tax savings available to homeowners. Read on...

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Common investor legal mistakes

You can't expect to reduce your risk of getting sued to zero, but you can take steps to reduce your risk as much as possible. In any situation where your money is at risk, ask yourself, "Is there a better way?" Know the legal and financial risks of the situations...

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The wrong way to invest in real estate

"Real estate fever"... it's hit the Country like a plague. Zillions of "newbies" are hitting the bandwagon, trying to make a profit where they lost in the stock market. I meet them all the time, and many are making big mistakes! Mistake #1: Stock market mentality You'd...

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