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Buying an Owner-Occupied HUD Home

First-time buyers often finance their homes through the federal government, primarily by way of FHA-insured loans. When the property owner fails to make mortgage payments on the property, FHA initiates [more…]

Investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Properties

One of the ways the federal government promotes homeownership is by providing financing through Fannie Mae (FNMA or Federal National Mortgage Association), Ginnie Mae [more…]

Considering Disadvantages to Paying Cash for Your Second Home

When considering paying cash for your second home, you need to think about more than just whether you have the money to cover all the related costs. You also need to keep in mind long-term tax strategies [more…]

Flipping Strategy: Buying into a Hot Market

When most people think of flipping houses, they immediately envision a process of buying a ramshackle house on the cheap, fixing it up, and then reselling it for more than they've invested in it. That's [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Owning Your Own Home

If you’re considering buying a house, use the Pros and Cons of Homeownership worksheet provided here to guide your decision as to whether home ownership is right for you. Put a check mark in one box on [more…]

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Just because you qualify for a mortgage doesn’t mean you can actually afford the house; consider how much you can actually pay for a home. It's a good idea to buy something with slightly lower payments [more…]

How and Why to Get Preapproved for a Mortgage

Before you get serious about making an offer on a new home, obtain from your mortgage lender a prequalification letter at minimum, or better yet, a preapproval letter. A preapproval letter from a lender [more…]

Beginning Your Search for the Right Home

After you have invested time determining the amount of money you can afford to spend on a new home, examining the type of mortgage that may be most appropriate for you, and getting a preapproval letter [more…]

Your Canadian Home Viewing Checklist

Before you buy a home in Canada, you’ll want to know that the property has been well maintained so you can avoid hidden problems and costs down the road. To find out how well the previous owners took care [more…]

Buying an Australian Property that’s Right for You

Every home in Australia is different, but you can find some common elements that can make a property more appealing to future buyers or tenants. Consider looking for these property aspects, especially [more…]

Preparing to Put an Offer In on a Home in Australia

You may have just made the big decision to go out hunting for an Australian home to call your own, or you may have already seen the home of your dreams. Before you make the big step of putting in an offer [more…]

Smoothing the Move into Your New Australian Home

After the excitement of finding and putting in a successful offer for your new property in Australia, follow these steps to an organised and anxiety-free move into your new home. [more…]

Buying Property For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Buying a home in Australia is a huge undertaking, involving quite possibly the biggest financial and lifestyle choices you’ll ever make. To choose wisely and secure a good deal in today’s Australian real [more…]

Top Tools and Gizmos for Property Investors to Keep Handy

As a property investor and landlord, expect to have to get your hands dirty with a bit of DIY now and then. Keeping the following tools and gizmos handy should enable you to deal with most minor problems [more…]

Rental Property Checklist

All the time a rental property is sitting empty, you’re losing out, but you’ll only attract a tenant if you can make your property look attractive and well maintained. Before showing off your rental property [more…]

Property Investing All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Buying a property is one of the most wallet-draining and stress-inducing things you’re ever likely to do in life, and the process of letting out that property comes with its own problems and stresses. [more…]

Extra Costs to Budget For when Buying a Home

On top of the property purchase price, you must remember to budget for a number of extras. Make sure you don’t get surprised by hidden costs when buying a house in the UK. Make sure you’re aware of these [more…]

Handy Contact Information when You’re Buying a Home in the UK

Here’s some useful contact information to help you find UK house-buying experts. Try these numbers and websites for help finding the right person for the job. [more…]

Tips on Buying the Right Property

Here are some top tips on the right questions to ask and what to look for when buying a property. Although everyone’s requirements are different when it comes to buying property, keep these few general [more…]

Buying a Home on a Budget For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

No need to worry about buying the right property on a tight budget: This Cheat Sheet covers everything from getting the right mortgage to knowing what questions to ask when buying a house. [more…]

What to Remember about Mortgages

Your home is likely to be your most expensive purchase, ever. So getting the finance right is vital. Follow these guidelines when deciding on which mortgage to go for. [more…]

Tips to Buying the Right Property

Although everyone’s requirements are very different when it comes to buying property, here are a few general rules to bear in mind when searching for your property: [more…]

Home Buying Kit For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Buying a home can be as terrifying as it is exhilarating and satisfying. This Cheat Sheet offers 20 of the top home-buying tips from the professionals. And it also gives you a monthly mortgage calculator [more…]

7 Top Home-Buying Mistakes People Often Make

Insanely low mortgage interest rates—and the knowledge that they’ll eventually go up again—make a lot of people feel like it’s time to buy a house right now. [more…]

Brushing Up on Fair Housing Laws

The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits you, as landlord, from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to people based on a protected class [more…]


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