Food & Drink Home & Living Money Parenting Relationships Style & Beauty Travel Wellness Work/Life Finds MORE FROM HUFFPOST News Politics Entertainment Communities Opinion HuffPost Personal Videos ©2018 Oath Inc. All rights reserved. HuffPost News Buying A House Has Hidden Costs. Here Are 11 Big Ones. Money Your mortgage payment is only the beginning. By Geoff Williams 10/01/2018 03:09pm ET It can be creepy the first night you’ve moved into a new house: You’re in unfamiliar surroundings, and who knows what might be lurking in the shadows? Relax ― they’re probably unpacked boxes. What should really unnerve you are all the hidden costs that come with buying a house. For the unsuspecting homebuyer, that’s what can be truly frightening, because the costs aren’t just negotiated during the buying process. They keep coming long after you’ve moved in. So after you figure out … [Read more...] about Buying A House Has Hidden Costs. Here Are 11 Big Ones.
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Before making an offer on a home, make sure you ask your realtor these six questions. (iStock) When buying a house is high on your priority list and you spot The One—the house that has everything you've ever dreamed of and more—it can be tempting to put pedal to the metal and close the deal as quickly as possible. But slow down! No home is perfect beneath the surface, and few know this better than your real estate agent. And that means it's time to sit down with this professional and pepper him with questions about the place you're hoping to make your own. While certain questions seem rather obvious—should you offer full price, how soon can you close—there are many others you may not think to ask an agent at this pivotal juncture. But you should. Here are six questions to ask a real estate agent to flush out what he's truly thinking to figure out if this place is really right for you. More From Realtor.com What Is a Real Estate … [Read more...] about Buying a House? Ask these 6 questions before making an offer
(iStock) Should you buy a smoker's house? This question may confront you once you feel you've found the perfect place ... except for that ashtray smell permeating every single room. Is this a deal breaker? If the smell of cigarette smoke makes you recoil, you're not alone: One study found that smoking in a home can reduce its resale value by up to 29%. Still, once a smoker moves out, will the pall of cigarette odor lift, or will it linger? Is there a way to get rid of that stench for good? Answers ahead. Health impacts of thirdhand smoke in a home More From Realtor.com Tricks to Banish Bad Smells From Your Home—Forever 15 Natural Odor Eliminators to Freshen Up Your Home The Ultimate Guide to Funky Home Smells That smell of cigarettes long past isn't, in fact, just a smell—it's a residue called thirdhand smoke (THS). "The lingering odor isn’t just unpleasant; studies have also linked it to cancer," … [Read more...] about Should you buy a smoker’s house? How to get rid of cigarette smells
These tips can help you buy a home before it hits the market. (iStock) Buying a home is a lot like running a race: Once a listing goes live, buyers have to sprint off the starting block before throngs of other buyers start bidding. Talk about stressful! What if there were a way to buy a house before it's officially on the market? Well, there is—and it can help you snag your dream house long before your competition even knows it exists. “Making moves to get ahead of the general public when you’re the buyer is wise if you want to get the perfect house,” says real estate investor Steve Davis, founder of Real Wealth Academy, LLC. “All it taskes is a little ingenuity and some sleuthing, to find out which homes are going on the market before the listings go live, so that you’re ready to pounce.” More From Realtor.com 5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes You Won't Want to Make Yourself How to Buy a … [Read more...] about Buy a house before it hits the market with these tips
Talya Meyers Refinery29 Published 3:00 p.m. UTC Jul 1, 2018 My husband, Ken, proposed to me on an empty tract of land. It’s more romantic than it sounds. Ken is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and the lot was where the university would be building new housing for professors. When we got engaged, we thought this was where we’d make our future home and raise our family. Santa Barbara, California is an expensive town and, in 2008, the housing market was bursting at the seams. For a professor and a grad student (me), university housing was our best bet. But when the real estate bubble burst in 2009, we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — a chance to buy a house, however modest, in downtown Santa Barbara, rather than live in university housing. Our options were still pretty limited: We’d have to find a tiny fixer-upper, and even then, we’d have to do most of the work ourselves. But Ken had been a woodworker and contractor before going to … [Read more...] about My $1,600 wedding surprised family and friends but saved enough to help us buy a house