Opendoor Review: Pros And Cons Of This iBuyer Service

Selling a home can be one of the most stressful experiences a human can experience. We’re not even talking about the emotions you might experience when selling a house that you may have lived in for years; a house where you may have raised your children or celebrated joyous family events; a house you may … Read more

Redfin Review: Pros and Cons Of This Discount Real Estate Broker

Companies trying to dominate in major industries are always searching for a new approach that will catch on nationwide. Progressive and GEICO pioneered the direct online purchase of car insurance. LegalZoom demystified legal documents and made them accessible to consumers. And Redfin has made its mark as North America’s leading discount real estate broker. Redfin … Read more

HomeLight Review: Pros And Cons Of This Realtor Referral Service

When you decide to sell your home – or at least, if you’re thinking seriously about selling – one of the first things you have to do is find a real estate agent you can trust. If you’ve used a great realtor in the past, or have a relative or friend who’s recently sold their … Read more

What Hurts A Home Appraisal? Most Common Factors

One nerve-wracking aspect of selling your home is waiting for the results of the home inspection. And it can be traumatic when you’ve accepted a terrific offer from a prospective buyer, but their inspector comes back with a lengthy list of problems and necessary repairs. Either it’s going to cost you a bundle to make … Read more

What Does “Contingent” Mean In Real Estate Listings?

Even if you aren’t in the market for a new house, you’ve probably noticed the progression of signs that appear in front of neighborhood homes for sale. First, there’s just a “For Sale” sign, with an agent’s name and phone number. Next, smaller placards saying “Open House!” or “Price Reduced!” may be added on the … Read more

Companies That Buy Houses For Cash: Do They Treat You Fairly?

Anyone who’s seriously thought about selling their home is certainly aware of the latest “innovation” in the real estate industry: companies that buy houses for cash. You see ads for so-called iBuyer services when you visit an online real estate marketplace like Zillow, which pushes its “Zillow Offers” service. The same happens if you visit … Read more

Changing Your Real Estate Agent: How To Know It’s Time, How To Do It

Few people try selling their own homes. Even fewer sell their own home successfully. The reason is obvious: it takes a great deal of expertise to survive in a competitive business like real estate. It takes even more expertise to succeed. In a red-hot market, some intelligent people may be able to figure things out … Read more

Best Home Value Estimator Websites

How much is your house worth? You probably remember what you paid for it – and how much you have left to pay on your mortgage. And you’re likely to know what similar houses in your neighborhood have sold for in the last year or so. Many times, though, that’s not good enough: If you’re … Read more

What Is Active Option Contract?

After you’ve bought and sold a house or two, there’s little mystery left to the real estate terms your agent starts throwing around. You know the difference between active, contingent and pending listings. You know the ins and outs of earnest money, and when you can get it back. (Or at least, when you can … Read more

Best For Sale By Owner Websites (FSBO)

If you’ve ever sold your home through an agent, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ve had this thought at least once: “I should have done this on my own. I would have saved a ton of money on the commission.” Of course, there’s no way to know whether you would have had much luck. … Read more