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The Earnest Money Deposit: How It Helps Buy a Home

aydinmutlu/iStock   What is earnest money? Depositing earnest money is an important part of the home-buying process. It tells the real estate seller you’re in earnest as a buyer, and it helps fund your down payment. The earnest money check is typically cashed and held in a title company…

July 4, 2019

Make Buyers Swoon With These 4 Summer Vignette Staging Ideas

KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock Picture walking into your dream house and being greeted by inviting scenes of summer relaxation throughout. Maybe there’s a short stack of beach reads next to the pool, or a pitcher laid out with chilled glasses, all ready for you. This is what…

July 3, 2019

5 Common House-Flipping Myths You Should Never Believe

eranicle/iStock We’re willing to bet you’ve seen at least one episode of “Flip or Flop” or any number of other home makeover shows packing the HGTV schedule. There’s no denying the role they’ve played in motivating regular folks to get into the business of buying…

July 2, 2019

7 Myths About Buying a Foreclosure Home That’ll Surprise Deal Seekers

Steve Debenport/iStock Considering buying a foreclosed home? Any home buyer looking to pay below market value should be paying attention to foreclosure listings. But the process of buying a repossessed home is full of misconceptions—and we’re here to help separate the false stereotypes from the…

July 2, 2019

Should You Sell Your Home—or Rent It Out? 4 Times to Hang On Tight

KentWeakley/iStock; realtor.com While many homeowners reach a point where they decide to sell their place, here’s an alternative I’m considering for my own home: Rather than sell, I may rent it out instead. When I bought my condo three years ago, I knew it…

July 1, 2019