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5 Surprises I Learned House-Hunting Amid a Pandemic

stockstudioX / Getty Images Buying a home is never a simple undertaking. Even at the best of times, house hunting comes with lots of built-in stressors, from mortgage approvals to bidding wars and beyond. But house-hunting during the coronavirus pandemic? That changes the game…

August 6, 2020

Is a Pandemic a Good—or Horrible—Time To Buy a Vacation Home?

Sportstock/Getty Images With most of us cooped up in our apartments or houses, it may be tempting to pull the trigger and finally purchase the vacation home you’ve always dreamed about. After all, mortgage rates are hitting record lows, and a change of scenery…

August 5, 2020

5 Coronavirus Real Estate Myths Everyone Thinks Are True—Debunked

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Every day, our conversations online and off are filled with “did you hear this yet?” news about the coronavirus pandemic. And, alas, not all of what you hear is true—particularly when it comes to real estate. For instance: Do you assume, as…

July 30, 2020

5 Weird Reality Checks You’ll Get If You Buy a Country Home

Akabei / Getty Images City living may have its perks, but combine the congestion and crowds with the threat of the novel coronavirus, and it’s no wonder that many city dwellers these days are fleeing to greener pastures (or thinking about it). But what…

July 15, 2020

Is Your Mortgage Forbearance Ending Soon? What To Do Next

SEAN GLADWELL / Getty Images Millions of Americans struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments because of COVID-19 have received relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. But mortgage forbearance is only temporary, and set to expire soon, leaving many homeowners…

July 14, 2020

6 Reasons Why This Is Actually the Best Time in Years To Sell a House

alexsl / Getty Images Talk about a strange summer. Between the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, a wobbly economy, and layoffs happening left and right, it’s no surprise that many who may have hoped to sell their home this season are wondering whether…

July 9, 2020

Don’t Panic! 3 Money-Saving, Last-Minute Tax Tips for Homeowners

kroach/iStock It’s heeeere: tax time. Granted, this year, the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Internal Revenue Service to extend the usual April 15 deadline to July 15. That might have seemed like plenty of time—and yet here we are, with a mere two weeks to go…

July 2, 2020