Best Places To Live In North Carolina: From Cities To Rural Living

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of North Carolina? ACC basketball? The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains? Barbeque? History? The gorgeous beaches on the Outer Banks? Those are all great reasons to visit North Carolina. They’re great reasons to live there, too. But many of the state’s ten million residents … Read more

Probate Sales: Are These Homes Bargains Or Headaches?

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You tell your real estate agent that you’re on a budget, and hoping to find a bargain. She tells you, “Well, there is a home in the neighborhood where you want to live, and it’s just gone into probate.” Should you be excited? Or extremely hesitant? Truthfully, both feelings would be appropriate. As you probably … Read more

How To Sell A House Without A Realtor

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You’re getting ready to sell your home – and you’re already anticipating the huge profit you’re going to make on the transaction. It may be the single largest cash payment you receive in your lifetime. And you’re going to just hand over 5-6% of that payment to a realtor? What sense does that make? For … Read more

Offerpad Review: Is This Service A Smart Way To Sell Your Home?

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Selling a house can turn your life upside down for quite a while. Simply making the decision to sell a house that’s been your home for a long time – and quite possibly your children’s home for their entire lives – is usually emotional and difficult. Then comes the really tough stuff: fixing up the … Read more

Selling A House With A Mortgage: Not As Scary As It Might Sound

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A mortgage loan is the biggest debt you’ll probably ever have. And for many people, it’s a debt that’s difficult to handle. In early 2021, more than two million American families were at least three months behind on their mortgage payments. That’s the highest number since the Great Recession, thanks to the Covid pandemic. Even … Read more

How Much In Realtor Commissions You Have To Pay To Sell A House?

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When you’re selling a house, you’re likely to be hit with “sticker shock” twice. The first time is when you realize that buyers may not be willing to pay as much you had hoped. The second time you experience sticker shock? It’s when you get the first draft of your closing documents. That’s when you … Read more

How To Buy A House With Cash

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Once you buy your first home, it never ends. At least, it doesn’t end for most people. You have to make your mortgage payment, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. Naturally, if you buy one house and stay in it for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually pay off the mortgage. … Read more

How Often Do Contingent Offers Fall Through?

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“Mom! Dad! I just bought a house!” There’s nothing like the excitement of buying your first house – or for that matter, buying your second or third or fourth. Mortgage pre-approval may have been difficult, the search was time-consuming, and the wait to find out if your offer was accepted seemed to take forever. But … Read more

How Long Does An Executor Have To Sell A House?

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Financial experts have a few “go-to” pieces of advice they give to every client. One of the most important: never make an important financial decision when you’re under stress. That’s often easier said than done, because crucial decisions are often driven by stressful situations. For example, if you can’t afford your mortgage payments because you’ve … Read more