All the steps in between the acceptance of your purchase offer and the closing of the deal.
Homeowners' Insurance: What You Need to Know
Not only will you want coverage for your home, but your lender will probably demand it.
Title Insurance: Why a Home Buyer Needs It
Another lender requirement that also protects your future interests as a homeowner.
Home Business Insurance
Make sure your coverage extends to your home business, if you have one.
Home Buyers: What Documents to Expect at Your Close of Escrow
Before you're knee-deep in paperwork, orient yourself to what you'll be reviewing or signing.
Found a defect at preclosing home walk-though: How do we make sure the seller pays?
The logistics of closing escrow with provision for subsequent repairs.
What happens if home seller took an item he promised to leave?
How do handle disputes over transfers of personal property during a home closing.
Does a home seller have to notify me before cashing my earnest money check?
A seller who accepts a purchase offer/contract and receives the earnest money check has every rights to go ahead and deposit it.
Why Is the Insurance Company Valuing My Home at Far Less Than What I Paid for It?
Understanding the difference between a house's replacement value and market value.
Does Homeowners' Insurance Cover Trampoline Injuries?
Making sure your insurance policy will cover all your favorite activities!
Double Check That Your Home Deed Was Recorded -- Or Else!
You need to show the world that the house is truly yours -- what could go wrong?
Home Buyers: What Happens at the Closing
How, exactly, ownership of a home gets transferred from seller to buyer.
Home Buyers: What to Bring to Your Closing
A last-minute check on whether you've got everything you need for closing day.
Home Buyers: How to Read Your HUD-1 Statement
Make sure all the money you will be paid or credited is per your expectations.
Home Purchase Costs You Can't Deduct or Add to Tax Basis
How to get tax benefits from nondeductible expenses of buying a house
Who Pays the Real Estate Taxes the Year You Buy Your Home?
Get your fair share of real estate tax deductions
Homebuyers: Reviewing the Title Commitment Now Prevents Unpleasant Surprises Later
What lurks, buried in the exceptions to your title insurance coverage?
Documents to Save From Your Home Closing
What's in that mountain of real estate closing paperwork, and where to keep it.
How to Close on a Land Contract
The legal forms and process involved with transferring property under a land contract.
Earnest Money: What Happens When Your Home Purchase Falls Through
Situations where a buyer who cancels the deal must forfeit the money put down to buy the home -- or not.
Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home
This best-selling guide, full of expert tips, offers comprehensive information on the escrow and closing process.
Hiring a Professional Mover
Here’s how to find a reasonably-priced and reputable mover.
Getting Young Children Ready for a Move
Involve your kids in the move to a new home.
Getting Your Dog Ready for a Move to a New Home
How best to prepare your dog for traveling to and settling into a new home.