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ARMs and Fixed Rate Mortgages: Which One Fits You Best?

Mortgages aren’t a one-size-fits-all product. Here’s how to determine which of these options will look best on your budget.


Is Paying Rent in Advance a Good Idea?

Thinking about handing over a stack of money to secure an apartment or get a rent discount? Be sure you know what you’re getting into.


Questions to Ask Your Agent Before Listing Your Home

Before you take the leap, make sure you know where you stand.


Winter Weather Home Care

Don’t let Old Man Winter harm your home. A few extra maintenance tasks can keep you covered until spring arrives.


Real Estate Q&A: Condo Parking Space Ownership

Real estate investor and Zillow Blog contributor Leonard Baron answers questions from readers regarding buying, selling and investing.


Priced to Sell: A Game Plan for Setting Your Listing Price

The right pricing strategy plays a big part in scoring the best offer on your home.


Insuring High-Value Items on Your Renters Policy

Make sure you’re covered if your jewelry, electronics and other big-ticket items are stolen or damaged.


Adjustable Rate Mortgages: It's All About Timing

If you don’t plan to stay in your home long, a short-term ARM could be right for you.


How to Find a Well-Managed Apartment Complex

Avoid poorly-managed apartment buildings by following these tactics.

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4 Simple Strategies to Shave Years Off Your Mortgage

Just because you’ve got a 30-year loan doesn’t mean you have to spend 30 years paying it off. These tips can help you reach the finish line up to 10 years early.

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Could High-End Amenities Make Your Home Harder to Sell?

Spa-like bathrooms and huge master closets are good investments, but steer clear of amenities that won’t bring a good return.

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New Loan Options Spell Opportunity for Home Buyers

A handful of new programs and lender guidelines make it easier for Americans to get a mortgage.

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Historic Homes and Modern Insurance

When you’ve found the historic home of your dreams, investing in the right insurance can help protect against homeownership nightmares.

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Cohabitation Agreements: Who Keeps the Dog If You Break Up?

Moving in with your sweetie? It may seem unromantic, but now’s the time to agree on what happens if it doesn’t work out.

Lora Coburn

How to Rent Your First Home

Before you start touring apartments, learn the six steps that will make being a first-time renter easy and painless.

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