Should You Pay Cash for Your Next House?

Pros and Cons of Paying Cash for a Home

Considering paying cash for your dream home? So are more and more people. The number of all-cash deals has risen 25 percent from a year ago, making up 30 percent of May 2011 home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. These all-cash buyers are typically either trading down for retirement, investors or wealthy folks. Learn the pros and cons of paying cash for a home, and where this is an option for you.

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FHA Loans: Appeal to More Buyers, Sell Your Home Fast

Sell Your Home Faster by Making It FHA-Friendly

To qualify for a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) home loan, the property you are buying has to meet certain standards. While the FHA does not fund the mortgage directly, the government agency does insure the lenders that offer FHA loans to homebuyers. Find out how to make your home a best friend of the FHA, so it’s easier and faster to find a buyer.

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Home Inspection: A Must-Have for Home Buyers

Home Inspection: Don’t Buy a House without One

The cost of homeownership certainly doesn’t start and end with the monthly mortgage payment. When it comes to buying a home, the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” applies.

A home inspection is a small expense to pay upfront for a thorough inspection of your new home. It will identify any existing problems with plumbing, electrical, roofing and other home improvement matters, or what issues may arise in the near future. Learn more about home inspections and how to ensure you’re buying the home of your dreams and not a money pit.

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Should You Buy a New Home or Remodel Your Existing Home?

Buy a New Home or Remodel Your Existing One?

In a housing market that has gone haywire, many homeowners are debating within their own heads or even aloud with spouses or roommates: should we move or make improvements to the home we already own? The truth of the matter is that more homeowners are choosing to stay and fix up their own home rather than move – even though the price of buying a new home is relatively inexpensive right now.

Find out the pros and cons of both moving and remodeling so you can make the decision that is right for you and your family.

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Should You Buy a Home Now or Wait?

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home?

Since the housing bubble burst more than two years ago, families all across America have been holding onto to their houses. Many who considered selling decided to wait, which is good because many who considered buying decided to wait, too. But there are some indications the real estate market is beginning to recover. Depending on where you live, now may be a good time to think about buying (or selling) a home.

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Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal to Increase Its Resale Value

How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’re undoubtedly thinking about the sale price of your home, too. If you don’t know already, you’re probably wondering what your home is worth. Maybe you’ve talked to a Realtor, he’s done a market analysis and come back to you with a suggested sale price. Are you happy with that price? If you’d like to add a few more dollars, here are some things you can do to increase the re-sale value of your home.

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Best Places for Home Shopping

The Best Area to Shop for a Home

Though the United States is grinding its way through a slow economic recovery, many parts of the country are still experiencing high unemployment and low housing prices. Experts are concerned that some of the hardest-hit areas have not yet bottomed out in terms of real estate prices. News like that is preventing many would-be buyers from shopping for a new home. Those same experts, however, acknowledge that there is one region in particular that didn’t suffer the same dramatic setbacks as the rest of the country. Find out what that area is and why it’s a hot home buying market.

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Buying a Home? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Home

A recent segment on NBC’s TODAY Show revealed that NOW is the best time to buy a new home. Not only are prices at an all-time low in many cities, but most mortgage rates are less than 6 percent. With higher unemployment rates and more foreclosures, buying a home is more affordable than it’s been in years. But before you buy, you should ask yourself these important questions.

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