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
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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
Kakeibo is a Japanese practice that claims to help people save more than one-third of their income—which is ideal for buying a house. Margaret Heidenry, provided by Published 5:30 am, Friday, February 23, 2018 Photo: Wutwhanfoto/iStock; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Wutwhanfoto/iStock; Realtor.com How the Japanese Art of Kakeibo Can Help You Buy a House 1 / 1 Back to Gallery There's a Japanese art to everything, including how to save up for a house! It's called kakeibo, and it's catching on for good reason: It claims to help people save more than one-third of their income—which could add up to a down payment on a house pretty quick. Pronounced kah-keh-boh (which means "household financial ledger"), the term and practice was invented in 1904 … [Read more...] about How the Japanese Art of Kakeibo Can Help You Buy a House
Ready to buy a house? Then you'll want to learn a few questions to ask a real estate agent to find the best one for you. Daniel Bortz, provided by Published 5:30 am, Friday, February 16, 2018 Photo: KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock 10 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before the Pro Helps You Buy a Home 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Ready to buy a house? Then you'll want to learn a few questions to ask a real estate agent—the go-to pro whose sole goal (at least as far as you're concerned) is to help make your home-buying dream come true. But not all real estate agents are created equal, which is why Peggy Yee, a supervising broker at Frankly Realtors in Vienna, VA, recommends interviewing at least three agents before deciding … [Read more...] about 10 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent Before the Pro Helps You Buy a Home
If you sell your house and make a profit, you must pay capital gains tax. Does the same go for when you inherit a house from a deceased relative? Julie Ryan Evans, provided by Published 1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Photo: BrianAJackson/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: BrianAJackson/iStock If You Inherit a House and Sell It, How Are the Profits Taxed? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery If you sell your house and make a profit, you must pay capital gains tax—so does the same rule apply when you inherit a house from a deceased relative? The truth is that inheriting property can be taxing—both emotionally and financially. The amount you must pay when you sell an inherited property can indeed take a toll on your bottom line. But before we discuss … [Read more...] about If You Inherit a House and Sell It, How Are the Profits Taxed?