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Open house weekend 2017


Flipping houses never as easy as portrayed on TV

We’ve all watched the TV shows where a house with a sagging roof, backed-up plumbing, broken windows and a pool full of alligators is purchased for nothing, and then magically turned into a beautiful rancher that’s bought for a lot by an equally beautiful family – in an hour.

What’s your next move?

It’s a strategy that crosses the mind of many borrowers when they take on a home loan: Make an extra mortgage payment or two every year and save tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

The biggest regrets people have after buying a home

Spring is here, which means some people are gearing up to make what could be the largest purchase of their lifetime: a home. In many parts of the country, would-be buyers are finding that there aren’t enough homes on the market. That could lead them to move more quickly than they would like to increase their chances of getting the home they like, says Tim Manni, a mortgage expert for NerdWallet, a personal-finance site. The home-buying process can have many moving parts, and even people who aren’t rushing the process can make mistakes.