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Who Is Freddie Mac?

Freddie Mac is not a person that you would find walking down the street. The title is actually a nickname for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC.) This company is publically traded and ...
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What the Home Inspection Should Cover

Home inspections are key components of a real estate transaction, and they vary depending on the type of property involved. For example, if you're buying a large historical home in Pasadena, CA or ...
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What Is Refinancing?

Refinancing a home is when a person wants to reevaluate the price of their home and the current mortgage rate that they pay. Refinancing a home is typically performed by homeowners whose credit score ...
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Is 2018 the Time to Buy a Home?

From buyers to sellers, the housing market is looking good right now. Experts are saying that 2018 might be the time to pull the trigger on buying a new home. Right now, this opportune moment to buy ...
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Common Condominium Lawsuits

Condominiums and townhomes can be very appealing for homebuyers; since they have homeowners associations (HOAs), purchasing a unit in one of these complexes usually means very little maintenance, ...
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What Happens if I Can’t Pay My HOA Fees?

HOA is short for "homeowners association," and HOAs apply to condos, townhomes and single family residences in planned communities. Homeowners pay a monthly fee, known as the HOA fees, which ...
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All About Open House Etiquette

It's your day off and you're running all over town looking at houses. As you're calmly walking in and out of people's homes, you're struck with questions. Can you bring in hot ...
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Home Maintenance Tips for November

November means beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red. It means pumpkin pie, turkey, and annual family gatherings that resemble Norman Rockwell paintings. Sure, some people call November a ...
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Advice on How to Avoid Foreclosure

Are you having difficulty paying your mortgage payments? If so, you may be one of the millions of Americans whose incomes have been affected by a sudden job loss, a layoff, a disability, a workplace ...
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Do You Have Noisy Neighbors?

In the outside world, things are hectic. It's nice to be able to go home and enjoy peace and quiet from all the "outside noise." What if you have noisy neighbors who make your home ...
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Benefits for Veteran & Military Home Buyers

It's been a longstanding tradition for veterans and active duty service members to buy their own homes, but military service can take a financial toll, making it difficult for service members to ...
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2 Home-Buying Myths Debunked!

You've been a renter long enough and now you're ready to invest in your own piece of real estate – congratulations! During this exciting time, don't be surprised if you start getting ...
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How Foreclosure Works

When a homeowner fails to pay their mortgage, the bank will begin to foreclose on the property. Foreclosure is where the lender recovers the money owed on a defaulted loan by repossessing and selling ...
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What is a Zoning Dispute?

Zoning refers to how public authorities regulate privately-owned land. Zoning laws are important; they are one of the tools used by local governments when planning communities, regulating business ...
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Buying & Selling ‘Stigmatized’ Property

In the world of real estate, there is a term called "stigmatized property." True to what it infers, stigmatized property refers to a home where there has been a murder, suicide, victims were ...
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What Buyers Should Ignore When Home Shopping

Just ask any seasoned realtor, and they'll say that they've seen it all. Pink 1950s bathrooms, asbestos-laced popcorn ceilings, cobwebs, wildly overgrown yards, old wood paneling and shag ...
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Debt and Qualifying for a Mortgage

If you're buying a home, your credit score will be a big factor, and the amount of debt that you have. Before you submit an offer on that dream home, consider the types of debts that you have and ...
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What to Do With a House in a Divorce

Statistically, half of marriages end in divorce and in recent years, there's been a surge in "gray divorces" according to research from Bowling Green State University. As if ending a ...
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Why Buyers Want Termite Inspections

If you're buying a house for the first time, you're going to learn about the need for a termite inspection. Termites are virtually invisible, they are silent, and have the ability to cause ...
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Who Pays for the Home Inspection?

If you are about to purchase your first home, you may be wondering, "Does the seller or the buyer pay for the home inspection?" Usually, it is the buyer who pays for the home inspection ...
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