Author: Crissinda Ponder

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The No. 1 superstition that stops people from buying a home

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Would you buy a home on Elm Street? Or pay extra for a home that had your lucky number attached to the mailbox out front? Turns …

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5 tips for getting the best price on a new home

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You’ve reached the house-hunting phase and found “the one,” but you aren’t crazy about the price tag. The good news: You might be able to change …

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The best & worst months to sell your home

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June has been widely recognized as the best month to sell a house and get the highest price premiums. But with today’s low-interest-rate environment and the …

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8 tax benefits of buying a home in 2021

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You may not realize there are several tax benefits of buying a home, if homeownership is on your goal list. Two major incentives are the mortgage …

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The best (and worst) ways to use your home equity

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Nearly half of Americans consider moving due to pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a mainstay for the better part of 2020, affecting nearly every aspect of daily life as we know it. Our housing …

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10 types of mortgages you need to know about

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Finding the right home is just one part of the equation when buying a home. Choosing the right type of mortgage loan to finance the biggest …

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Homesellers say they’ll take less during COVID-19 crisis

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A majority of home sellers are feeling the pressure to sell their homes despite the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 70% of sellers are willing to accept a …

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5 ways to borrow money for a down payment on a home

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It can be challenging to come up with thousands of dollars for a mortgage down payment. If you don’t have enough savings on hand or if …

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Here’s how Covid-19 will affect the housing market

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The U.S. housing market started 2020 with a bang, including upticks in home prices and home sales. Then the coronavirus outbreak took hold in early March, …

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How to avoid capital gains taxes on real estate

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If you sell your home and make a profit, you may have to pay taxes for the capital gains on your home sale if you can’t …

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Here’s how the mortgage interest tax deduction works

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One of the main mortgage tax benefits of homeownership is the mortgage interest deduction. When you deduct the interest paid on your mortgage, you reduce your …

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11 first-time homebuyer tips for 2020

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Buying a house for the first time can be challenging and time-consuming. To help you navigate the twists and turns involved in buying your first home, …

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Should you refinance with the same lender?

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When you decide you want to refinance your mortgage, it might seem appealing to minimize the stress and work involved by reaching out to your existing …

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America’s best & worst cities for single women

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All the single ladies: This one’s for you. Cities that are great for the average bachelorette tend to have a few things in common: plentiful job …

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Nearly 1-in-4 millennials want to buy a home before getting married

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Young adults are getting married later than previous generations. In 1980, the median age for men and women at their first marriage was 24.7 and 22, …

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10 states with the worst property tax bills

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When you’re calculating how much home you can afford, don’t forget to factor in property taxes. This annual bill is one of the most important expenses …

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8 common concerns for first-time home buyers

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The process of buying a home for the first time can be a complicated cluster of decisions that may leave you feeling overwhelmed. You have to …