Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back If You Can't Get a Mortgage? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery After you make an offer on a house and it's accepted by the seller, you'll be asked to put down an earnest money deposit to show your commitment to this purchase. But while you might be gung-ho to move ahead, the deal could still fall through if you can't get a mortgage. Which begs the question: If financing fails to happen, do you get that earnest money back? In most cases, yes—that is, if you take a few precautions. Here's more on how to protect your earnest money during the home loan process. Mortgage pre-approval It's best to find out if … [Read more...] about Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back If You Can’t Get a Mortgage?
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Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: IStock; Realtor.com Should You Buy a Stale Listing? Pros and Cons of Buying a House With a High DOM 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A real estate listing can tell you an awful lot about a home, beyond just the price—essential stats like the year the property was built and the price per square foot. But one of the most important numbers to be aware of is the days on market, or DOM, the amount of time the home has been listed for sale on the multiple listing service. The DOM gives you an idea of how other buyers are reacting to the property and whether it's priced high or low. Properties with a high DOM are commonly referred to as stale listings, meaning the … [Read more...] about Should You Buy a Stale Listing? Pros and Cons of Buying a House With a High DOM
Photo: Trekandshoot/iStock Photo: Trekandshoot/iStock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Trekandshoot/iStock Come and Get It, Please! The Weirdest, Grossest Things Home Sellers Leave Behind 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Once the ink is dry on your purchase agreement, it’s time to close the deal and bring your belongings into your new home. But what happens when moving day unearths some seriously odd items left behind by the previous residents? Sellers are supposed to remove everything from the house that wasn’t previously agreed to be part of the sale. Still, many homeowners dish on social media about finding stuff that they’d wished the sellers had packed up, tossed out, or hauled away—including a hyperbaric chamber for … [Read more...] about Come and Get It, Please! The Weirdest, Grossest Things Home Sellers Leave Behind
Mark Ruffalo is one of the good guys. He’s the type of fella who asks you how your day’s going, or makes small talk to pass the time. Unlike most actors of his renown, he isn’t the least bit guarded or affected. Perhaps it’s his Kenosha, Wisconsin, roots, or the nine years he spent behind a bar spinning yarns with strangers before breaking into acting, but the 47-year-old is, in the words of the late Stuart Scott, as cool as the other side of the pillow. You’d never think such an easygoing guy had suffered so much adversity. Ruffalo struggled with ADD and dyslexia as a child, and in 2002, suffered a brain tumor whose surgery resulted in a prolonged period of facial paralysis. He thought he’d never act again, yet slowly but surely, the sensation returned to the left side of his face. And then, in 2008, he lost his brother Scott, who died under mysterious circumstances. He almost quit acting—that is, until The Kids Are All Right came along. … [Read more...] about Real Talk with Mark Ruffalo: On Manic Depression, Bernie Sanders, and Sexism
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