Owning a home | Homeownership 101
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10 common questions about refinancing
Refinancing your mortgage is a big step. By working with a trusted lender, knowing what to expect and having the documentation you need ahead of time, the process will go smoothly.
Tips for flipping an investment property
The goal is to buy an inexpensive property — typically one at auction or in need of renovation — make updates to increase its value, then rent it out or resell it quickly for a profit. How long it takes depends on the extent of the repairs you're tackling. Here are some tips for effective house flipping.
5 ways to pay off your bathroom remodel
Knowing how you'll pay for your renovation costs is the first step to creating your beautiful new bathroom.
How to prepare your house for a hurricane
Preparing your house for a hurricane might seem overwhelming, but there’s a lot you can do in advance. Learn more in this article.
Your guide to variance in real estate
If you're planning a home renovation, you might live in an area with zoning variances for real estate. Learn what a zoning variance is and how to apply for one.
How virtual staging can help a home sale
Virtual staging allows homeowners to digitally style their homes with the ease of a click. Learn how to stage a home virtually and how much it will cost.
Should you make extra payments on your mortgage?
With extra disposable income, have you considered paying extra on your mortgage? Learn what extra payments on a mortgage go towards and how you can benefit.
What is cost basis in real estate?
Cost basis helps define how much someone may owe in taxes when a property is sold. Learn how to calculate cost basis and how it affects your home sale.
Fair market value (FMV) defined
Fair market value (FMV) is a property's projected value using current market conditions. Learn how FMV is determined, why it's important, and more.