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7 big questions your Closing Disclosure can answer
Borrowers applying for a mortgage now get a five-page form designed to make home loans easier to understand before the deal is finalized.
July 15th 2019
How to buy a condo with confidence
It's not enough to find a good location at an affordable price. Condo buyers must consider lots of extra costs, from association fees and special assessments to how well the building is maintained and how strictly it enforces rules on everything from noise to pets.
July 10th 2019
Mortgage rates fall in July 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.
July 9th 2019
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.
July 8th 2019
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.
July 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.
July 2nd 2019
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?
July 1st 2019
How much house can you afford?
How much house can you afford? If that's on your mind, you're in good company. Mortgage rates are still historically low, making it a good time to purchase.
June 28th 2019
Will I 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.
June 27th 2019
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.
June 25th 2019