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  • Couple outside a house with a real estate agent Should you lend your kids money to buy a home?

    Lending money to your child is risky business. But if you can avoid the personal pitfalls and convince the federal government that this is really a loan, and not a gift, the Bank of Mom and Dad can be a financial boon for everyone in the family.

    August 13th 2019

  • White house on top of money with current mortgage rates Mortgage rates fall in August 2019

    Current mortgage rates are lower than they were last month. Rates on home loans are still historically low and a little easier to obtain, too.

    August 9th 2019

  • Hundred dollar bill folded in shape of a house How to save on closing costs

    You’ve scouted out the best mortgage rate and fought hard to get the best price on your new home. But your bargaining shouldn’t stop there. Here's how you can save on everything from settlement fees to title insurance.

    August 8th 2019

  • hand holding a toy house for sale in a bidding war How to win a bidding war

    Existing homes continue to be snapped up at a record pace, and competition remains fierce. That's why buyers need a winning strategy to compete for their dream home.

    August 5th 2019

  • 8 critical questions your Loan Estimate will answer

    Borrowers are receiving a new form called a Loan Estimate after they apply for a mortgage. It explains the key terms, from interest rates to closing costs, and ensures you're getting the home loan your lender promised.

    August 2nd 2019

  • how to tell if mortgage points are worth the cost How to tell if mortgage points are worth the cost

    Paying points to get a lower interest rate is almost always a losing proposition because most homeowners don’t keep their loans long enough to recoup the up-front costs. Are you an exception to the rule?

    August 1st 2019

  • Happy in a condo Will you be happy in a condo?

    Before you dive into condo living, you have to make sure it's truly what you want. Use these 9 questions to make sure you'll be happy in a condo.

    July 29th 2019

  • smart moves to challenge an appraisal 4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal

    A low estimate causes about 1 in every 10 home sales to fall through each month, agents report. Here's what to do when an appraisal of your home's value seems to miss the mark.

    July 25th 2019

  • Reverse mortgage disadvantages Reverse mortgage disadvantages and advantages

    Can a reverse mortgage help you? Before utilizing it as a tool, take time to thoroughly understand where they add value ... and where they don't.

  • blue foreclosure sign in front of house 7 smart moves for buying a foreclosure

    Deals on foreclosures are still out there. But they're not as easy to find as they were a few years ago, and you still need to avoid all of the costly pitfalls that can turn any repossessed home into a burden, not a bargain.

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