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Rebuilding Your Credit After Foreclosure Rebuilding Your Credit After Foreclosure

By Derren Peters

The American Dream of owning a home can become a nightmare when foreclosure occurs. There are no quick fixes, but there are steps you can take to rebuild your credit in the aftermath.

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Buying a Fixer-Upper Buying a Fixer-Upper

By Derren Peters

Fixer-Uppers are homes that require a bit of maintanence, and so will usually be sold for a lower price. This article outlines some important questions you should ask and decisions you should make before making that purchase.

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Home Buying Countdown:The Moving Process Home Buying Countdown:The Moving Process

Unsure about what to do before you buy a house? Here is a step-by-step countdown of what you should do before you buy a house and move in. It will help keep you on track during the home buying process and ensure timely organization of insurance, mortgage and home inspection, general information and guidelines.

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Foreclosure Foreclosure

By Conrad Bastable

When a homeowner defaults on their mortgage, the lender can often obtain a termination of the mortgagor's equitable right of redemption - in other words, the lender can sell the property without the homeowner being able to reclaim it at a later date. The property is then often sold at less-than-Market Value.

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The Benefits of Home Ownership Over Renting The Benefits of Home Ownership Over Renting

By Derren Peters

You woke up one day and decided to stop procrastinating and actually purchase a home - one of the biggest, most important investments of your life. Congrats! That's a heady decision! There's a dizzying array of choices in front of you -- Which neighborhood? Which agent? Which lawyer? -- But one of the most significant decisions is whether to rent or buy.

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What is a Short Sale? What is a Short Sale?

By Derren Peters

What is a Short Sale? One way to describe a short sale is, when a homeowner is "under water", and, for various financial reasons, is unable to keep up with mortgage payments, causing them to default on the loan. To mitigate damages, the lender puts the property up for less than what is owed on it by "short sale" in hopes to find another mortgagee to take over the property.

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Closing the Deal Closing the Deal

By Derren Peters

You did all your homework, and aligned with all the right professionals. You found the home of your dreams, made an offer and sweated out the back and forth negotiations. And now, finally - finally! - your offer has been accepted. Congrats! But through your jubilation, keep in mind there are still potential pitfalls related to the closing process.

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The Art of Negotiating The Art of Negotiating

By Derren Peters

You've partnered with an agent, shopped for a lender, viewed home after home, and finally identified the house of your dreams. Now it's time to make an offer for it.

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Buyer Broker Agreements Buyer Broker Agreements

By Derren Peters

Once you've selected a buying agent to represent you, they will likely present you with a Buyer Broker Agreement (BBA, also known as a buyer broker contract). This certifies your partnership with the agent and spells out what sort of duties/tasks the agent will perform for you, while providing them the power to begin working in your best interests.

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Applying for a Mortgage Applying for a Mortgage

By Derren Peters

As exciting as the home buying process can be, beautiful homes to view, neighborhoods to explore, and possibilities to consider, it's the not-so glamorous tasks that turn those dreams into a reality, one of which is applying for a mortgage. Whether you're approaching lenders yourself, or utilizing a mortgage broker, keep the following in mind when applying for a mortgage.

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