What to do if a seller didn't disclose a problem

Buyers who believe a seller has failed to disclose a problem have a few options for redress. These range from backing out of a deal if the issue is discovered early enough to filing a lawsuit.

Living next to a cemetery has its pros and cons

Even if they aren't worried about malevolent spirits, buyers may still be scared away from a property located adjacent to a cemetery. At the same time, many people have discovered that these residences have a number of benefits.

Replacing carpet with hardwood

It's become an increasingly popular trend in home design. Homeowners are deciding that they've had enough of carpet and would like to replace it with hardwood flooring.

Home seller profits hit high point at end of 2017

Homeowners who sold their property in the last quarter of 2017 realized the highest average profit in more than a decade, according to the real estate analytics company ATTOM Data Solutions.

Storage solutions keep children's toy clutter under control

Keeping toy clutter under control can be a daunting task, but it's not insurmountable. Some improved storage strategies can help you maintain order, along with setting some firm rules regarding your child's belongings.

Two-step mortgages turn on a single point in time

A two-step mortgage acts as something of a compromise between a fixed rate mortgage and an adjustable rate mortgage. Essentially, this type of loan guarantees one rate for a certain amount of time as the first step, then adjusts the rate at a single...

Reseal your grout to prevent a scrubbing struggle

One way to keep your grout looking nice and minimize the effort required to clean it is the oft-overlooked process of resealing the grout. Doing so will help keep the grout from absorbing moisture and developing stains, giving it a nicer appearance...

Optimism for selling hits record high in Fannie Mae survey for January

Nearly two-thirds of the respondents in Fannie Mae's latest monthly survey said they consider it a good time to sell a home in January, a new record high for the poll. Respondents were also more likely to believe home prices will continue to grow...

Corner lot appeal depends on your own preferences

Corner lots are something of a polarizing topic in real estate. Some agents might promote the fact that a home is situated at an intersection, saying the location offers a number of benefits. Others might steer buyers away from this type of home,...

Property Transactions February 16, 2018

Property Transactions February 16, 2018

Existing home sales decline in December, but up in 2017

December sales of existing homes in the United States were down considerably from the strong pace set in November, according to the National Association of Realtors. However, sales still showed a year-over-year increase, with more existing homes...

Swedish death cleaning helps you declutter like there's no tomorrow

A typical home cleanup can help get your home in order, but is unlikely to purge too many items. Swedish death cleaning, by contrast, asks you to consider whether something will be meaningful or burdensome to those who have to go through your...

Co-signing a mortgage can help out a friend, but amps up your risk

Co-signing a mortgage often seems like too much risk and not enough reward. But the arrangement can be useful if you're looking to help a friend or family member with a home purchase.

Using paint to jazz up a staircase

One of the simplest ways to make your staircase more interesting is to repaint it with a more vibrant color scheme.

Will an interest-only mortgage work for your situation?

One way to keep your loan payments more affordable is to look for an interest-only mortgage. As the name suggests, this type of mortgage enables you to make lower payments by paying only the interest – at least for a certain amount of time.

House fire risk is greater during the winter

Homeowners should always exercise common sense and reasonable caution to reduce the risk of a fire in their residence. But you should be especially careful during the winter months, when fires are more likely to occur in the home.

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