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First-timer Primer

Following are all UrbanTurf articles filed under First-timer Primer, from most recent to least.

Understanding Interest Rates and Mortgage Points

Understanding Interest Rates and Mortgage Points

UrbanTurf Staff | February 12th 2020

The interest rates announced by Freddie Mac each week are not quite as good as advertised, as they usually carry points with them. Here is a quick... read »

First-Timer Primer: What is a Rent Back?

First-Timer Primer: What is a Rent Back?

UrbanTurf Staff | September 9th 2019

When sellers haven't quite lined up their next house before their settlement date comes and goes, there is one way that they can stay in their home... read »

Buyers Week: The Escalation Clause

Buyers Week: The Escalation Clause

UrbanTurf Staff | March 16th 2018

In this article, UrbanTurf takes a look at escalation clauses, which can be useful in bidding wars. ... read »

Buyers Week: How Much Cash Do You Need to Buy a House?

Buyers Week: How Much Cash Do You Need to Buy a House?

UrbanTurf Staff | March 14th 2018

To kick off Buyers Week, UrbanTurf provides a brief outline of some of the up-front costs associated with buying a home. ... read »

What is the Right of First Refusal?

What is the Right of First Refusal?

UrbanTurf Staff | March 6th 2018 | 10 Comments

In DC's famously tenant-friendly system, renters have the first shot to buy the home they are living in, should the owner decide to sell. So, how... read »

First-Timer Primer: Understanding the 1031 Exchange

First-Timer Primer: Understanding the 1031 Exchange

Nena Perry-Brown | June 14th 2017

Current budget negotiations have put the 1031 tax provision on the chopping block and back in the spotlight. Today, UrbanTurf will explain how a 1031... read »

First-Timer Primer: Renting Out Your Basement

First-Timer Primer: Renting Out Your Basement

Lark Turner | June 7th 2016 | 7 Comments

UrbanTurf talked to a reader who recently bought a house with a rentable English basement for details on what to consider in this scenario. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: The Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts) of Reverse Mortgages

First-Timer Primer: The Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts) of Reverse Mortgages

Lark Turner | April 2nd 2015

Though the cash offered by a reverse mortgage may seem attractive, many borrowers likely have a better option. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: Zoning and Your Planned Rowhouse Addition

First-Timer Primer: Zoning and Your Planned Rowhouse Addition

Lark Turner | March 25th 2015 | 5 Comments

Before deciding to build an addition to your rowhouse, find out whether you'll need to get a zoning exception or variance. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: What is a 203K Loan?

First-Timer Primer: What is a 203K Loan?

UrbanTurf Staff | January 26th 2015

In this edition of First-Timer Primer, we look at the ins and outs of the 203k loan. ... read »

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