Real Estate For Consumers

A consumer's guide to the world of real estate

Check our recent articles from leading consumer advocates in the real estate industry.  Whether you are buying, selling, or just wanting to learn mmore about real estate, these articles will help you to learn what other companies don't want you to know.    

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Real Estate Panel

Real Estate Panel

No sales pitches, no paid leads, no marketing tactics, and no sharing of your information. Just straight, unbiased answers from experts about real estate. Ask an expert in real estate, home insurance, inspections, estate planning, lending, and more.

Common mortgage traps that you need to avoid

Common mortgage traps that you need to avoid

Mortgages are confusing. Even worse, banks know mortgages are confusing and they use that confusion to their advantage and to your detriment. Here are 6 of the most common mortgage traps that Bundleloan wants you to be aware when looking for a lender. Read more

Explore: Richfield, Minnesota

Explore: Richfield, Minnesota

Nested within the inner ring of the Minneapolis-St Paul region, this diverse suburb has a small-town feel but is just minutes from an international airport, the Mall of America, great parks, and more. Read more

How to find a good home inspector

How to find a good home inspector

Jessie Tait, a home inspector, teaches us about home inspections, how to find a good one, and what items on your inspection report are actually quite common. Read more

What you need to know when searching for a mortgage lender

What you need to know when searching for a mortgage lender

Learn how to find the right mortgage lender, what consumer traps to avoid, and why it is so important to always read the fine print when reviewing advertised rates. Read more

Six consumer traps in real estate that you need to avoid

Six consumer traps in real estate that you need to avoid

Learn about some common consumer traps that you need to be aware of before you decide to buy or sell a home. Read more

What is a buyer's rebate

What is a buyer's rebate

While there are a lot of costs associated with your home purchase, did you know that there is a way to get some money returned to you? It is called a buyer's rebate (or buyer's refund), and it is paid back to you from your agents earned commission. Learn more about rebates and how to get one. Read more

You have options when it comes to selling your home

You have options when it comes to selling your home

You have options when it comes to how you sell your home. You need to pick the right one based on your knowledge and budget. Here are a few of the most common options when it comes to selling. Read more

Can you negotiate with a listing agent?

Can you negotiate with a listing agent?

While some agents will tell you that a 6% commission rate is standard in the industry, you should understand that there is nothing legally written anywhere that requires agents to offer that percentage. Let's talk about how you can negotiate a lower commission. Read more

The billion dollar referral business

The billion dollar referral business

Did you know that a lot of "free" real estate platforms aren't technically free for sellers? Some help themselves to a nice percentage of the 6% commission you have to pay. Here is what you need to know about pay to play and referral networks. Read more

Where does all of that commission money go?

Where does all of that commission money go?

Commissions should always be discussed before you sign a contract with an agent. But, how can you prepare yourself to negotiate on commissions if you don't know who is getting paid what? Here is a clear and transparent breakdown of who is getting a cut of that 6%. Read more