Home Buying

Michael on October 30th, 2009
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Within my post last week titled First time home buyer tax credit may actually expire, I maintained my steadfast belief that Congress and President Obama would not allow the credit to end.  Simply stated, I argued, the housing market is still so unstable that taking away stimulus was unlikely.  (Furthermore, it’s far easier for the [...]

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Michael on July 20th, 2009
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This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance features Free Money Finance’s post The Cost of a New Home.  As you know, my wife and I began looking for a home earlier this summer, hired a buyer’s agent, and have debated the merits of location vs. home quality.
Free Money Finance is also looking for a home.  He [...]

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Michael on July 15th, 2009
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This is the third article in a series about my and my wife’s decision to purchase a home.  The first two articles are:

Buying a house
Looking for a Home: Location vs. House

When my wife and I decided to look for a home, we took two initial steps:

Finding a buyer’s agent (the topic for today’s post)
Getting [...]

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Michael on June 30th, 2009
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So my wife and I are starting to shop for a home.  We’ve never owned a home before.  We almost did twice before, in two different states and in what seems like two different lifetimes ago.  For a variety of reasons, it didn’t happen either time, but I’m pretty sure it will this time.
You: What [...]

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for this week’s reader-submitted Q & A. If you’d like to submit a question, click here for more information or simply email a question.
Coincidentally, I received the following two questions less than five minutes apart:
You signed my book at the ING DIRECT cafe in Chicago some time ago.  In [...]

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