The final walk-through is a very important step in a real estate transaction. This is basically your last shot at making sure that you are making the right decision in investing on possibly the biggest purchase you will ever make in your lifetime. And to get the most out of it, you need to make sure that you clearly understand the terms of the purchase contract.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when selling a house, is not understanding real estate value. It doesn’t matter at all what you think your home is worth. The value of your home, and any improvements you made, is determined by buyers. What you enjoyed about your house is irrelevant when it’s time to sell it. Think in terms of what other people want, and use some of the following tips.

Imagine this: It’s been a few weeks since you first put out an advertisement on your house. You’ve already entertained so many potential buyers; however, no one has yet signified an interest to buy your home. Then, just when you least expect it, you receive word from an agent that their client likes your home and is planning to buy it. Unfortunately, there is a catch: apparently this buyer is part of a chain, and before he can place a deposit on your home, he has to sell his own property first. If you’re faced with a situation such as this, what would you do?

Many people are making the choice to sell their homes themselves. While it is said that this method of home sales can save an owner money in commission fees, it should be noted that usually the money saved in commission is spent in other areas. Typically an agent’s commission for a home sale is approximately 5-7%. However what many people do not realise is that it will cost them at least that to see that their home closes properly. There are many costs that the average home owner does not know about that are covered in the sales process by a Realtor.

Entering into escrow on a home can be both exciting and stressful. The excitement comes from knowing you are close to moving into the new home. The stress comes from issues that will arise. You probably spent a good bit of time getting disciplined to save money for your home purchase. You need to carry this financial discipline through the escrow period or you could run into problems -- budget for Closing Costs -- Property Taxes, Prepaid Loan Interest and Home Insurance Premiums.

There is no doubt, the purchase of a home is one of the most exciting time in anyone’s life, especially if it is your first home. Naturally, you want to find the best home that suits all of your needs, and your budget. This is a purchase that requires a lot of planning on every aspect. The last thing you ever want to do is impulse buy a home, only to find out later that there are problems with the home, or that it does not suit your needs.

Every home-owner wants to know how much their property is worth, especially when they intend to put it on the market. Some people would go to websites that would instantly generate a property's approximate value, which are usually very inaccurate, by the way! While some would do the wise thing and call a real estate professional to get a broker's price opinion. However, many people tend to get confused with some real estate terminologies, like appraisals and assessments. Most think that they are the same, or at least, should be for the same amount. But the truth is, they can vary greatly.

Getting a foothold on the property ladder is not easy – particularly these days with property prices above the amount most people’s salaries can cover.

Reports from the property market show that the age of first time buyers has increased in recent years as younger people struggle to get a mortgage. Some first time buyers struggle to cover all the costs of buying, and often hadn’t anticipated all of the extra costs beforehand. There are some solutions to these problems, however.

Looking down the barrel of a foreclosure, if you are among one of the over 1.4 million homeowners facing this same issue, there may be a creative technique to save your home. Save your home and salvage your equity so that you can fight again. The last thing that you want to do is give your home back to the lender. If your financial hardship has left you in a position whereby you are not able to pay your mortgage payment, whatever the reason may be, then you cannot afford to live in your home.

In the last few years, homes have become increasingly owned by single homeowners. Many single people are realising that there are many benefits to owning a home that are not just for married couples. Single home-buyers face unique challenges in buying. They have to compete with dual-income households, which can be tough when the market is hot and competition is fierce. But whether you are single or married, some real estate basics hold true, such as -- location, location, location. The neighborhood, price, and closeness to work, school, family and friends are important factors to consider.

First impressions are very critical in the home-buying process. Just like the view from the curb may prevent a buyer from getting out of the car, the view inside the house determines whether they make an offer. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, or perhaps more to the point, they need to envision your home as theirs. They need to feel comfortable and actually feel at home. You can accomplish this by staging your home.