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7 Crucial Steps to Take When Listing Your Vacation Home on Airbnb

iStock/kupicoo Owning a vacation home isn’t only your own personal escape hatch from the real world. Thanks to the explosion of short-term rental sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway, having your vacation home up on such sites can also net you some serious cash!…

December 23, 2019

How Do Mortgage Brokers Get Paid?

iStock So, you’re looking to buy a home. This is an exciting time filled with home tours, wish lists, and looking forward to making new memories in a new house. But finding a lender and getting a mortgage can be a difficult and confusing…

December 19, 2019

Buying a Vacation Home? Then Don’t Forget This Crucial Step

Darwin Brandis/iStock Buying a vacation home is a fantasy for many, but let’s get real: Such a purchase should not be attempted without the proper safeguards—starting with insurance. In this latest installment of our Guide to Buying a Vacation Home, we highlight everything you need…

December 18, 2019

What Does ‘Active With Backup Offers’ Mean?

fstop123/iStock Like any other type of business, the real estate world is filled with lingo that might not be discernible at first blush. Terms such as “pending” or “contingent,” commonly seen in online listings, may be familiar, but what about “active with backup offers”?…

December 18, 2019

The Tell-Tale Signs of a Home Flipper’s Hasty Renovation

Halfpoint Images/Getty Images There’s plenty of appeal in buying a home that has been recently renovated and is move-in ready. But it’s not always easy to tell whether a property has been upgraded in a thoughtful, thorough way that will retain its integrity. Some…

December 17, 2019

What Is a Plat Map? A Survey That Can Tell You a Lot About Your Property

kalasek/iStock When you buy a house, you will inevitably receive what will seem like a mountain of paperwork pertaining to your new digs. One of the documents your title company office might include is a plat map, and it’s chock-full of information about your neighborhood and…

December 13, 2019