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Indiana Home Buyers: How to Read the Seller's Disclosure Form

Sam and Sally are searching for their first home. They have read recent reports about the combination of low inventory and low mortgage rates creating...

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Illinois Home Sellers: Disclosures Required Under State Law

When selling a home in Illinois, you must make certain disclosures to prospective buyers regarding the physical condition of the property.

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Single-Woman Homebuyers: Research How Safe You'll Feel

At last count, single women made up nearly one quarter of all homebuyers. But this group often has special concerns and fears about buying property. T...

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Home Buying Timeline: From Offer to Purchase Contract

After you've made an offer to buy a house, the seller will accept your offer, make a counteroffer with one or more changes, or reject the offer outrig...

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Newly Built Houses: Pros and Cons of Buying

There's something inherently appealing about a brand new house -- you get to pick out the countertops, drapes, and appliances, and have everything des...

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Moving Up: Selling Your Home and Buying Another

If you plan to sell your home and buy another, which should you do first? If you sell first, you'll be under time pressure to find another house quick...

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Making an Offer to Buy a House

Once you've found a house you like, you must make a written offer to buy it. In some states, the offer is a very simple statement, after which the sel...

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Joint Property and Concurrent Ownership

Joint property ownership can be a great solution for people who want to own a home, especially for first-time buyers.

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Home List Price: What Is a House Worth?

What does the advertised, or "list," price of a house really mean with regard to how much you should offer?

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Homeowners' Insurance: What You Need to Know

Before finalizing a mortgage loan, lenders require homebuyers to purchase at least a minimal level of "hazard insurance," which is part of the standar...

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House Buying Strategies in a Down Market

When the housing market is slow, referred to as a "buyers' market," there are typically more houses for sale than buyers to purchase them. Anxious se...

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Getting a Home Inspection

A home inspection, in which one or more professionals check out the physical condition of the house you hope to buy, is an important part of the home-...

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Find the Perfect House: Quick Checklist

Thinking of making the biggest purchase of your lifetime? Take these steps to learn the market and organize your search.

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Low Home Appraisal: What to Do

Whether you're buying or selling a home, you may have cause for concern that the deal will fall apart for reasons that weren't on the real estate rada...

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Contingencies to Include in Your House Purchase Contract

Buying a house isn't like buying a television, where you can return it within 30 days if you don't like it. For this reason, it isn't wise to buy a ho...

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Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

The quality of real estate agents varies dramatically, from fabulous to frightful. To find an agent who rates at the fabulous end of the scale, look f...

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Buying a Second Home in Seven Steps

Thinking about buying a second home? Whether you're looking for an investment property, a getaway, or a place to eventually retire, plan to take these...

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Buying a Haunted House: How Will You Know Beforehand?

If you're looking for a house to buy, you probably want to know whether plates tend to fly around the kitchen, a bloodstain reappears nightly on the s...

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Foreclosure Property Process: What Stage is the Property In?

Many people, in the hopes of getting a home at a rock bottom price, consider buying a foreclosed property -- not necessarily aware of the many risks i...

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