New Construction Home Inspections: Are They Necessary?

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In the midst of the last recession that crippled the U.S. real estate economy, new construction home inspections virtually disappeared. For several years there was too much available housing inventory at too low a price to make newly constructed homes competitive on cost. Essentially, buying a prebuilt house was more attractive to home buyers than building one. However, now with … Read More

Redfin Data Helps Fuel Wealthfront’s Home Buying Guide

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Whether you’re thinking about buying your first home or upgrading to something different based on life changes, there can be a lot of unknowns. For some it’s hard to know when and how to start the planning process. For others who are closer to purchase, they might be wondering the impact of buying a home on their other important goals, … Read More

Pre-Wedding Bashes Can Put a Dent in Saving for a Home Down Payment

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Destination bachelor and bachelorette parties are becoming the new norm, especially among millennials who prize experience and grew up with The Hangover’s depiction of pre-wedding adventure. While flying off to Vegas with your closest friends can certainly be a trip of a lifetime, big ticket vacations can add up quick– a lost faster than a $19 avocado toast. A new … Read More

Upsizing on the Upswing: The Big Decision More Homeowners are Making

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For Rhiannon Kruse, moving to a bigger home was about facing the music. For five years, Kruse and her husband had squeezed themselves into a downtown Seattle high-rise. At 700 square feet, their home meant giving up a dresser to cram clothing into an under-the-bed storage space, and limiting the number of guests they could invite over for dinner. Even … Read More

Hidden Costs of Homeownership Typically Top $9,000 a Year

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Buyers too often focus on a home’s list price or mortgage payment to determine what they can afford. However, the numerous less-obvious costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line. To help home buyers budget more accurately, Zillow and Thumbtack identified several common but often overlooked home expenses and calculated what homeowners around the country could expect to … Read More

How to Get a Mortgage Without a Full-Time, Permanent Job

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Image via iStock The growing number of gig economy workers in this country may have the freedom to work whenever they want, and sometimes from wherever they want, but when it comes to buying a home, all of that freedom has its price. It turns out employees who have many part-time jobs, hop from one short-term contract or project to … Read More

Where Renting Pays: In These Markets, Owning Takes a While to Pencil Out

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The pressure to buy a house can be intense, particularly in markets where home values are skyrocketing. People appear to be making a mint on real estate, and renting – instead of buying your own home – can sometimes feel like standing still. But that’s not necessarily the case. It takes more than two years before buying the typical U.S. … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Use a “Green” Moving Company

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Earth Day is just around the corner! Now is the time to get our green game on and get busy preserving our one and only beautiful earth. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it. Spring also brings the beginning of the busy moving season. Pair these two occasions together and we have the perfect opportunity to make greener pastures. … Read More

Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials

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Kieran Killeen was astounded when he bought a home in Vermont in 2002, and its title barred minorities from living there unless they were servants. They were empty words. Racial covenants are no longer legal. But Killeen, who is white, did not like having even a defunct racist restriction on his home’s title. He worked with neighbors to have it removed … Read More