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7 Steps to Buying a Home

The decision to buy a home is an exciting one. But the process can easily become overwhelming and confusing, especially for first-timers. To guide you through the process, here are the seven basic steps to buying a home. 1. Check your credit report cards and scores Before you start shopping for your dream home, the very first

Ask the Expert: How Much Should You Spend on a House?

As consumer confidence rises and the loosening of credit continues, many people are looking to become homeowners.

Why Now is the Time to Buy a Home

The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for August 2012 bring good news. Home prices nationwide are rising for the first time since the housing bust in 2006. Many experts agree that it makes sense to buy a home now, before prices climb further.

How Long Are Americans Staying in Their Homes?

Find out why owners sell, and how those reasons change as homeowners get older, in Credit Sesame’s latest infographic

5 Online Tools to Kick Off Your House Search

We recently featured our top 5 picks of mobile apps for home buyers. Here we continue the theme, this time with recommended smart phone apps and websites for both home buyers and renters.

Buying A Fixer-Upper? Here Are Some Things To Consider…

Rates may be at their lowest for 2011, home prices down to 2002 levels, but that’s still too expensive for many first-time home buyers. This flowchart will help you decide if you should buy a fixer-upper.

Modern Land Grab: Where & Why Are Foreigners Buying U.S. Real Estate?

Forget about the double-dip in housing prices and the fact that our homes are now worth what they were back in 2002. Or maybe for those reasons exactly, foreign buyers are snatching up U.S. real estate. The numbers in this infographic.

8 First-Time Homebuyer Tips Your Real Estate Agent Won’t Tell You

When they're finally ready to make the jump from renting to home ownership, most first time homebuyers enlist a real estate agent to help them through the process. But an agent won’t necessarily share these eight industry secrets with you.

10 Tips for Surviving Skyrocketing Rental Prices

(Source) Amid still sinking home values — a trend that has lead to a new peak in the number of homes that are now “underwater” (i.e. worth less than their underlying mortgages) — one slice of the real estate market booms: rental housing. It makes sense, really, with many consumers who would have considered buying

The Housing Hunt Starts Here: Credit Scores, Home Sales, Prices by State

House hunting this year? As we enter the busy season for home buying, it’s a good idea to do a little research on the real estate market in your area. Based on millions of homes sold within the past several months, we put together this guide to get you started.

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