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How to Find a Lawyer

If you’re concerned about the legal logistics of selling your own home, hiring a real estate lawyer may give you peace of mind. In most states, a lawyer isn’t required to finalize the sale of your home, but some sellers prefer having ...

Negotiating Tips for Buyers

Negotiating can be intimidating under any circumstances, and it can be especially stressful when the house of your dreams is on the line. If your offer to buy is met with a counteroffer, use the following tips for negotiating to help you haggle y...


Qualifying the Best Buyers

When you’re selling your home, waiting for your first offer can be agonizing. When it finally comes in, you may be tempted to accept it on the spot – especially if it matches your asking price. However, before you consider an offer to...

Should you use a Broker?

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision – and the first of many you’ll have to make once you set the process in motion. The next step is figuring out whether you want to sell your own home or rely on the help of a real estate age...


Top 10 Tips for Buyers

#1 Check your credit. Correct any errors, try to repair any damage, and establish two years of reliable payment history before you apply for a mortgage.

#2 Save. Plan for your down payment, closing fees, attorney fees, and other expens...

Top 10 Tips for Sellers

#1 Get ready to move on. Make sure you’re able to qualify for a new mortgage and you can afford homes in the neighborhood where you want to move.

#2 Get help if you need it. You can sell your home yourself and save money, or use ...


What Buyers Should Expect at Closing

Once the house-hunting, negotiating, and inspections are over, you’re counting down the minutes until you can move in to your new home. Closing, the final meeting where all the papers are signed and property title is formally transferred, i...

What Sellers Should Expect at Closing

Selling your own home requires an intense amount of time and energy, and by the end of the process, you’re ready for it to be done. The good news is you’re almost there! All that is left is closing, when you’ll sign all the pape...