For Sale By Owner: How to Make Sure It’s a Success

We received an email from a reader named Jeff about the benefits and saving as a result of buying or selling your home without a realtor: “I’d like hear a podcast on buying/selling your home without a realtor or w/realtor at a reduced rate. There’s certainly an hour’s worth of content here to be discussed…and […]

Published or Updated: September 14, 2016

How One Bank is Changing the Way You Get a Mortgage

If you have ever applied for — or successfully taken on — a mortgage, you can easily appreciate the complicated nature of the process. There is a host of causes, but Bank of America is trying to ease the process. Their new Home Loan Navigator is making things simpler for all by putting more of […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2016

How to Save on Closing Costs When You Buy a Home

Many future homebuyers spend years saving and planning for a down payment. But when they get ready to actually purchase a home, they’re shocked at the amount of closing costs. On average, closing costs amount to between 2 and 5 percent of the total purchase price of a home. That can be a hefty fee, […]

Published or Updated: August 13, 2016

How to Get the Best Mortgage Rates

The Wall Street Journal had a report this weekend on how to snag the best mortgage rates. While some of the tips you’ve probably heard before, I thought it was still worth sharing. With rates at historic lows and real estate prices ready to rebound, it seemed like a good time to review the basics. […]

Published or Updated: July 7, 2016

How to Run Home Comps and Why They Matter

Charles Aquino

How Much is a Home Really Worth? If you are a first-time homebuyer like me, then it is hard to answer that question. You have to realize that a “home” means different things to different people.  Real estate can be either an asset or a liability, with valuations changing just like any other investment. When […]

Published or Updated: June 20, 2016

How to Find the Best Mortgage Lender

There are more choices for mortgage lenders now than ever before. The brick-and-mortar banks are still there, of course, as are the mortgage brokers. Now, though, there are also online lenders and online mortgage aggregators, providing you with access to hundreds of lenders. Finding the best mortgage lender can be a challenge. It’s not possible […]

Published or Updated: June 15, 2016

Fixer Upper: 4 Ways to Pay for Your Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process. […]

Published or Updated: June 5, 2016

How to Pay Zero Capital Gains Tax When You Sell Your House

Evan Gautier

It is often said that buying a house is the largest purchase you will make in your life. If you’re not careful, though, that house can also create one of the largest tax bills you will pay in your life. There are usually a million things going through your head when you buy a house: […]

Published or Updated: September 6, 2016

How to Make a 30-Year Mortgage Just as Smart as a 15-Year

Taking out a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll ever make. It gives you the means to own your own home, but it’s also a decision you have to stick with for years. Some people call it “good” debt because it could increase your net worth. That said, it’s still debt, which […]

Published or Updated: May 30, 2016

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