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Whether you're buying a home on the market, or building a brand new house, learn how to finance a new home, find the perfect place, and make a competitive offer.

7 Tips For Buying a House in a Different State
Preparing to Buy
7 Tips For Buying a House in a Different State

Looking to buy a house in a different state before you move? Follow these tips and make moving to a new state or city easier.

How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?
Preparing to Buy
How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

It typically takes around six months from start to finish to buy a house -- but the exact timeline is different for everyone and depends on a few key factors.

Do You Need a Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction?
Buying a New Construction Home
Do You Need a Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction?

Do you need an agent when buying a new construction home? Going without an agent won’t mean a discount, and you won’t have anyone looking out for you.

The Best Places to Live in Dallas
Dallas-Fort Worth
The Best Places to Live in Dallas

This roundup of the best places to live in Dallas breaks down the nicest neighborhoods and suburbs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in 2021
Preparing to Buy
The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in 2021

Read on to learn the nine steps to buying a home in 2021, including financial requirements and tips for making a competitive offer.

Can I Buy Another House Before I Sell Mine? A Guide to Buying Before Selling
Buying Before Selling
Can I Buy Another House Before I Sell Mine? A Guide to Buying Before Selling

Found the perfect home but still have a house to sell? Here’s what to know about buying before selling your existing home.

Can You Still Make an Offer? Listing Statuses, Explained
Glossary
Can You Still Make an Offer? Listing Statuses, Explained

A listing goes through many stages before it’s sold or taken off the market. Our guide defines all the statuses so you know whether you can still make an offer.

25+ Words to Know as You Browse Listings
Glossary
25+ Words to Know as You Browse Listings

To help you make sense of listing descriptions, we put together a list of the common and not-so-common terms and idioms you may encounter.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in Texas
Texas
The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in Texas

Read on to learn the nine steps to buying a home in Texas, including financial requirements and tips for making a competitive offer.

2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle
Raleigh-Durham
2021 Guide to the Best Places to Live in the Triangle

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Raleigh-Durham based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte
Charlotte
2021 Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in Charlotte

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Charlotte based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?
Offers & Negotiation
How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?

A home appraisal happens after you make an offer on a home. To help you prepare, we share how long an appraisal takes and what factors the appraiser reviews.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home
Buying a New Construction Home
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home

Buying a new home is very different than buying an existing one. We explain the 8 major steps of the new construction buying process and what questions to ask.

2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston
Houston
2021 Insider's Guide to the Best Places to Live in Houston

We ranked the top neighborhoods and suburbs in Houston based on housing, quality of schools, and commute times to help you find the best place to live.

5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House
Preparing to Buy
5 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a House

Here are 5 essential questions to ask when buying a house. Make sure to get all of the home buying questions answered before you sign on the dotted line!

How Many Times Can You Use a VA Loan?
VA Loans
How Many Times Can You Use a VA Loan?

If you’re a service member or veteran looking to buy a second home, you might be wondering, "How many times can I use a VA loan?" Here's what you need to know.

What is a Proof of Funds Letter?
Mortgage & Financing
What is a Proof of Funds Letter?

It’s no secret that buying a home requires quite a bit of paperwork. Here is a break down of what a Proof of Funds Letter is and what counts as Proof of Funds.

How Do Mortgages Work?
Mortgage & Financing
How Do Mortgages Work?

Although mortgages are very common, they can get pretty confusing. Here’s an overview of how mortgages work to help you jumpstart your home buying journey.

What is a Contingent Offer?
Glossary
What is a Contingent Offer?

There are a ton of details that go into a real estate contract, from concessions to contingencies. Let's break down what a contingent offer means.

VA Loans in Texas: What You Need to Know
Mortgage & Financing
VA Loans in Texas: What You Need to Know

There are a ton of benefits of VA loans in Texas. Here's a breakdown of Texas VA loans and how they can make homeownership easier and more affordable.

What is an Appraisal and Why Is It Important?
Home Inspections & Appraisals
What is an Appraisal and Why Is It Important?

Getting an appraisal is an essential step in any home purchase or sale. So what is an appraisal and why is it important? Let's go over what you'll need to know.

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Texas
Buying Your First Home
Tips for First-Time Home Buyers in Texas

Before you start browsing listings or visiting open houses, there are some tips that first-time home buyers in Texas should keep in mind.

Tips For Buying a Home in Denver
Denver
Tips For Buying a Home in Denver

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home in the Denver area, you'll need to prepare. Here are some essential tips for buying a home in Denver.

Your Guide to Dallas Neighborhoods
Dallas-Fort Worth
Your Guide to Dallas Neighborhoods

Finding the right area to put down roots and buy a home in Dallas can be tricky. This Dallas, Texas neighborhood guide will help you find the perfect place.

What Does Active Contingent Mean?
Glossary
What Does Active Contingent Mean?

At some point, you may have come across an "active contingent" listing. Here’s a look at what active contingent means and what active contingent status is.

How to Find Top Real Estate Agents
Finding an Agent
How to Find Top Real Estate Agents

Not all real estate agents are created equal, so how do you find top real estate agents? Here are the essential questions to ask a potential candidate.

How to Buy a House in 7 Steps
Preparing to Buy
How to Buy a House in 7 Steps

Ready to become a homeowner but not sure where to start? Here's an overview of how to buy a house so you can approach the home buying journey with confidence.

The Best Neighborhoods in Austin for Families
Austin
The Best Neighborhoods in Austin for Families

Looking to put down roots in Austin, Texas? This Austin, Texas neighborhood guide highlights some of the best neighborhoods in Austin, TX for families.

Orchard Profiles: Casey Edwards from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Orchard Customer Stories
Orchard Profiles: Casey Edwards from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Read how Casey Edwards, a working dog mom of three, bought her dream home in Dallas-Fort Worth and sold her current home without the typical stress or hassle.

How Long Does a Mortgage Pre-Approval Last?
Mortgage & Financing
How Long Does a Mortgage Pre-Approval Last?

In this article, we’ll go over common questions about mortgage pre-approvals, including “how long does a mortgage pre-approval last?”

The Best Neighborhoods in Denver for Families
Denver
The Best Neighborhoods in Denver for Families

Buying a home in Denver, Colorado? This Denver, Colorado neighborhood guide highlights some of the best neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado for families.

How Long Does It Take to Close on a House?
Closing on a Home
How Long Does It Take to Close on a House?

Congrats, you're ready to close on your home! Here’s a look at how long the closing process on a home takes and some potential delays to watch out for.

4 Tips for Building a House in Texas
Buying a New Construction Home
4 Tips for Building a House in Texas

While building a new house in Texas can be a great option, it does come with its own set of considerations. Here are 4 tips for building a house in Texas.

Renting vs Buying a Home
Preparing to Buy
Renting vs Buying a Home

The decision of renting a home vs buying a home involves everything from your finances to lifestyle to career plans. Here are some reasons you should consider.

The Best Neighborhoods in San Antonio
San Antonio
The Best Neighborhoods in San Antonio

Looking for the perfect place to buy a home in San Antonio? This guide will help you find the best neighborhood in San Antonio for you and your family.

The Best Area in Atlanta to Buy a Home
Atlanta
The Best Area in Atlanta to Buy a Home

Looking for the best area in Atlanta, Georgia to buy a home? With many great real estate options, you’re sure to find the perfect Atlanta neighborhood.

Tips for Buying a House in Texas
Texas
Tips for Buying a House in Texas

Whether you are ready to buy a house now or in the early stages of consideration, here are some tips and tricks for buying a home in Texas.

What is a Home Sale Contingency?
Glossary
What is a Home Sale Contingency?

Juggling both buying and selling isn’t easy. That's why some people add a home sale contingency in their offer on a new home. Here's what a contingency means.

What is an Appraisal Contingency?
Glossary
What is an Appraisal Contingency?

If you’re a potential home buyer or seller, you'll want to know everything about appraisal contingencies for real estate and how they can affect your home sale.

What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?
Glossary
What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?

Real estate lingo can get pretty complex. A “contingent offer” could decide if your real estate transaction is simple or stressful, so here’s what it means.