Real estate

Should You Ever Prepay Your Mortgage?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime, but do you want to be paying for it for the rest of your life? Probably not. Which begs the question: If you have the means, is prepaying your mortgage a good idea?...

Do You Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

As the author of 10 best-selling books on real estate, personal finance and business, I’m often asked if hiring a real estate agent is really worth it. The question usually comes from sellers who are under the impression that a seller’s market...

Ask an Advisor: How Much Is Homeowners Insurance?

How much is homeowners insurance? This is one of the first questions you should ask when preparing to buy a new home. That’s because you need to have a good idea of your total potential housing expenses when determining how much house you can...

10 Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance

Protecting the roof over your head comes with a price, but it doesn’t have to.

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a House

After years of moving in and out of apartments, my husband and I were confident that we were ready to take the next step and become homeowners. So we started looking for houses — the way we looked for apartments. How big were the closets? Would...

5 Quick Tips to Haggling Your Ideal Mortgage Rate

My friend is currently over the moon because she just managed to snag what in her words is an "optimal interest rate" for her new home. She shared with me a couple of tips, which I thought were extremely helpful. For those of you looking to...

Ask an Advisor: How Much House Can I Afford?

I’m about to start house hunting for my very first home. But before I do, I’m curious: How much house can I afford?  The most dangerous thing you can do when house hunting is to not know how much you can afford ahead of time. This is because your...

The Case for Renting Before Buying a Home

A real estate agent works with her most challenging client yet -- herself.