Do You Need a Locksmith to Rekey Your House?

If no new holes are needed in the door or door jamb, replacing a handset is a fairly straightforward, DIY job.


How to Find Out If a Property Has Liens on It

The title company or agent typically will uncover any liens on a property while conducting a title search during the escrow process.


How to Approach Real Estate in 2014 & Beyond

As you approach buying a home this year, it helps to focus on the long term by keeping the following five best practices in mind.


How to Check a Tenant's Credit

Conducting a tenant credit check is now a relatively easy step, thanks to some new services in the marketplace.

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The 7 Steps to Buying a Home

Though every market is different, you can expect to follow these seven steps, from offer to closing.

How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection

Most would-be buyers and sellers believe the real estate “deal” is negotiated at the signing of the contract. The reality, though, is that in many cases, the deal-making and negotiations only start at the contract signing.

What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs?

Usually, the buyer is faced more line-item expenses, but the seller pays the commission.


Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

The reality is, the home buying season is now year-round.

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These Homes Could Be Your Castle

Ever dreamed of living in a castle? You’re in luck! These stone residences are for sale.

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What You Need to Know About Buying a Home During the Holiday Season

While you may assume it’s not an ideal time to be looking, there are some advantages to buying this time of year.


Real Estate Q&A: HOA Restrictions & 'Safe' Investing

Each month, past San Diego State University lecturer and Zillow Blog contributor Leonard Baron answers two questions from readers regarding buying, selling and investing.

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Sale Pending: What Does It Mean & Should You Make an Offer?

Sale pending can mean a few different things, but generally it indicates that all contingencies have been removed, and the buyer is moving toward closing.

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Should You Invest in Out-of-Town Real Estate?

While the numbers may be more favorable, investing in far-away properties still carries significant risks that you should consider.


How to Compete Against a Cash Buyer

Someone buying a home with credit can still compete against cash buyers and win.


Should You Take Real Estate News Into Account When Buying?

Here are three strategies for approaching a real estate transaction in the era of information overload.

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