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Home Won’t Sell? Yawar Charlie on ‘Listing Impossible’ Explains Why

Amy Sussman/Getty Images; If your home isn’t selling, what should you do? Real estate agent Yawar Charlie, star of a new reality show, “Listing Impossible,” can offer some hope and helpful advice. CNBC’s “Listing Impossible”—which premiered Jan. 15 and airs on Wednesdays at…

January 29, 2020

How Much Does Probate Cost? Real Estate Fees and Other Expenses

stocknshares/iStock Probate is the legal process of sorting and distributing someone’s personal property when they die. The last will and testament is taken into account and executed according to the deceased’s wishes. This often includes real estate, as well as other high-ticket items like…

January 28, 2020

What to Consider When Buying a Home Near a School—Do Your Homework!

LeManna/iStock After days of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. But it sits across the street from a school—which could be good or bad. With school in session 180 days a year, buyers should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of living near a…

January 22, 2020

HOA Ruining Your Life? 8 Things It Can’t Do—and How You Can Fight Back

Living with a homeowners association (HOA) can come with a legion of perks—like gorgeously manicured common lawns, swanky amenities, and some rad Fourth of July barbecues. But there’s a reason that a stigma exists against homeowners associations: Board members on a power trip can…

January 15, 2020

Is a Basement Included in the Square Footage of a Home?

FOTOGRAFIA INC./iStock; BanksPhotos/iStock This is the tale of two basements in otherwise comparable houses. One is a finished basement with a den, bedroom, and full bathroom. The other basement has some Sheetrock, an exposed toilet, and a painted floor. The listing for the first house reflects…

January 14, 2020

How Long Does It Take to Build a House?

brittak/iStock How long does it take to build a house? It’s a question often posed by people looking to buy an idyllic piece of land so they can construct their dream home from the ground up. If this describes your current housing sitch, you’ve come to the right place!…

January 9, 2020

Ouch! 3 Times You Can Kiss Your Earnest Money Refund Goodbye

Steven Puetzer/Getty Images The earnest money deposit—the cash you as a buyer offer to essentially call dibs on real estate—is one of the most important and misunderstood parts of the home-buying process. Depending on location, home buyers can expect to put down anywhere from 1% to…

January 8, 2020