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Residential Property Investing Residential Property Investing

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

When purchasing an investment property, there are a number of business items to consider, such as property management, budgeting, rental rates and desirable rental features. We highlight what to expect as a landlord.

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Having a Fire in Your Home Having a Fire in Your Home

There is nothing more upsetting and traumatizing than losing your home to a fire. A family could lose all of their personal possessions, but more seriously they could lose their sense of safety.

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What is a Multiple Listing Service What is a Multiple Listing Service

By Ben Levy

Multiple Listing Services are databases of homes for sale put together by real estate brokers. The primary purpose of an MLS is to make buying and selling a home as quick and easy as possible.

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Buying a New Home: Closing Costs Buying a New Home: Closing Costs

By Martin O'Malley

There are certain standard costs associated with closing the sale of a house. These fees are split between the buyer and the seller, as spelled out in the sales contract. Buyers will receive a "Good Faith Estimate" of closing costs at the time they submit their loan application to the lender. However, this estimate is based on the loan officer's past experience and may not include all the closing costs.

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Things to Avoid During Your Home Purchase Things to Avoid During Your Home Purchase

By Martin O'Malley

Many new homebuyers make the mistake of rushing out to buy new things for their home soon after the seller says "yes" and the loan is approved. Keep in mind that until your keys are in hand, your lender is watching your accounts very closely. Here are some things to avoid before closing to assure your transaction goes smoothly.

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We Found the Perfect Home... Now How Do We Pay For It? We Found the Perfect Home... Now How Do We Pay For It?

By Jeffrey Segal

Congratulations! You have found The One and are ready to make an offer. But hold on a minute... the seller and their realtor want to know that you are a "real" buyer. What does that mean? It means that you've been pre-approved by a lender. Now in reality, a pre-approval is not worth much, because a mortgage underwriter has not seen any documentation.

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Mortgage Basics for First-Time Homebuyers: The First Time is the Scariest Mortgage Basics for First-Time Homebuyers: The First Time is the Scariest

By Jeffrey Segal

"Should we do this?" "I don't know, what do you think?" "It's up to you. Do you think we should?" "Is it the right time?" Everyone knows what I'm talking about, right? Of course you do: is it the right time for you to begin house shopping? As a first time home buyer there is never a more exciting or frightening time of your life.

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How To Build A Real Estate Investment Team How To Build A Real Estate Investment Team

A How To Guide detailing how to assemble a great Real Estate Investment Team!

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Top 10 Most Useful Websites for Homeowners Top 10 Most Useful Websites for Homeowners

Here are what we've found to be the top 10 Most Useful Websites for Homeowners, new and old.

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Buying a Fixer Upper Buying a Fixer Upper

By Derren Peters

Because of their price, fixer uppers will catch the eye of So Cal buyers looking for an inexpensive property. But put the price tag aside, and consider your family and financial situation first.

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