The idea of moving can sound like a great adventure, but for most people, the actual process of moving is a giant headache, or much worse. In fact, a lot of people equate it to some of life's biggest annoyances.

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Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back at Closing?

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Jeanne Sager

Do you get your earnest money back at closing? If you're buying a house and planning to finance the purchase with the help of a mortgage, the question is bound to come up. The short answer is: You don't usually get your earnest money back at closing.

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If you’re like most homeowners, your house is a host of tiny irritations you keep meaning to fix but never do. Maybe it’s a light fixture you constantly bang your head on, or wallpaper you’ve always despised. And then one day you decide it’s time to sell the house. And what do you do? You replace the light fixture. You strip the wallpaper. And then you stand back and think, “Why didn’t I do that sooner?”

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What is a property title search? When you buy or sell a home, a property title is essentially a fancy way of saying who has the right to own the property—and thus, to sell it.

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For many home sellers, there’s no better time to list than the spring, and for good reason: This is peak home-buying season, folks! Buyers turn out in droves once warmer weather finally arrives, bringing people out of hibernation mode, and bidding wars abound as buyers look for ways to one-up their competition.

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What Is an APR? Annual Percentage Rate, Explained

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Audrey Ference

What is an APR? The annual percentage rate, or APR, is how much you'll pay in interest and other fees when you get a mortgage from a lender to buy a home. APR can also be considered the total cost for a debt over a one-year period.

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6 Habits All Successful Home Buyers Have in Common

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Margaret Heidenry

Welcome to 2019! Resolving to eat more kale and take the stairs are fine resolutions. But if this is the year you vow to buy a home, we'd love to suggest a few new habits to help you get there.

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5 Ways You're Sabotaging the Sale of Your Home

Friday, December 28th, 2018
Terri Williams

So you've finally decided to put your home on the market. You've planned your first open house, begun searching for new digs, and even made a mental packing list. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the offers to roll in, right?

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5 Home Staging Ideas That Work Wonders During Winter

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
Jeanne Sager

Winter is the time of year when most home buyers, like bears, retreat to their own cozy homes and hibernate. So what if you have a house you must sell right now, winter be damned?

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10 Scariest Things a Home Inspector Might Find in Your House

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Karen Marsala

Home inspections are scary. Just when you swear you've found the house of your dreams, a home inspector comes along and tells you everything's that's wrong with it—which might lead you to think you should run for the hills!

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