buying a home: Four Ways to Avoid Getting Outbid - 06/23/11 06:33 PM

 
Competition can be stiff when multiple offers are placed on a house or condo.
There are ways to get ahead in the bidding war that will help your offer be selected.
1. Be first
If you are not working with a buyer's agent, you should be. Make sure that the agent knows that you want to jump on any appropriate properties as soon as it becomes available. Also, put a tight deadline on your offer so the listing agent can't use it to solicit other offers from interested buyers.
2. Be pre-approved
Although you likely can't pay all cash, … (2 comments)

buying a home: A House Remains a Great Shelter from the Storm - 04/13/11 06:16 PM
 

Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, reminds homeowners and home buyers that an investment in a home not only a sanctuary for you and your family, it also remains a great tax shelter.
The ability to deduct property taxes is "the last great tax shelter" and you get a tax break on a large part of the profits if you decide to sell in the future, Kiplinger says.
Kiplinger speculates that for some years to come, home values will not rise much more than the national level of inflation. Values will still rise but they won't skyrocket, he … (1 comments)

 
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