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 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-Through: How to Make Seller Pay?
To ensure that the seller makes the repairs even after the sale is concluded, and honors all of the other, related promises from your negotiations pre-closing, create what's called a repair escrow.
Does a home seller have to notify me before cashing my earnest money check?
In most situations, after the real estate purchase contract is signed, the seller can cash the earnest money check.
Does Homeowners' Insurance Cover Trampoline Injuries?
Your policy may exclude any trampoline or "bounce house" on your property, and if so, your insurance carrier may cancel your policy if it discovers you have one in use on your property.
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?
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.
Common Problems and Disputes Buyers Encounter During Close of Escrow
Dealing with issues concerning low appraisals, broken promises by sellers, mortgages that fall through, and more.
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.