It's not a buyer's market anymore, and that means you need to think ahead to beat the other budding homeowners.
A kid needs credit, but there's a right way to send them off into the world of spending and a wrong way.
First, though, you should ask whether you even want a home now.
At the moment, higher-valued homes are more affordable because interest on mortgages is lower. But for how long?
Rising home prices and speedier sales make short-term adjustable-rate mortgages better for borrowers.
It may come down to which party has the strongest will or the toughest lawyer. But there's another way.
It needs to be perfect for the next buyer too. Here are the most effective upgrades, according to a Realtor survey.
Prices are low -- so low 46% of us are paying in cash, a survey shows.
One possibility: A high-interest bridge loan.
Controversial, maybe, but the famed Case and Shiller claim evidence of a two-way wealth effect in real estate.