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No matter how the real estate market is doing, there's no getting around the fact that houses are expensive. Here are some tips for bringing the house of your dreams within reach.
How Much Does Owning a Home Really Cost?
From mortgage payments to hiring a gardener, get a handle on your likely ongoing homeownership costs.
Your Down Payment: Where Will It Come From?
With 20% the normal down payment, it's time to think about ways to round up a sizable chunk of cash.
Buying a House in Your Twenties: When Should You Buy a House?
When to buy a house: financial, practical, lifestyle, and other considerations.
Borrowing From Family and Friends to Buy a House
Find out how the Bank of Mom and Dad offers benefits to both borrower and lender.
How Much Interest to Charge on Home Loan to Family Member
How much is too much to pay in interest to a family member who lends money for a home purchase? Or too little?
Using an IRA to Make a House Down Payment
Look to your IRA for down payment money if you're a first-time home buyer.
Moving Up: Selling Your Home and Buying Another
How to juggle two mortgages during the transition from one home to the next.
How Much Should You Pay for a Fixer-Upper Home?
A fixer-upper might be more affordable than other houses, but make sure you don't overpay.
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How much time do we have to sell our house before we lose it to foreclosure?
Learn how much time you have to sell your home before it's foreclosed on and sold in a foreclosure sale.
Cobuying a Home
Sharing a home purchase can not only make buying affordable, but get you into a better neighborhood than you might have otherwise had access to.
How Sharing a Vacation Home Can Make It Affordable
How to buy and share a vacation home with friends or family.