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  • stack of money house pen What you need to know about private mortgage insurance

    If you don't make a 20% down payment, you'll be required to carry private mortgage insurance, or PMI. Although you're the one who must pay monthly premiums for this coverage, it protects the lender, not you.

    May 20th 2019

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

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

    May 16th 2019

  • model house on mortgage documents 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.

    May 16th 2019

  • worried couple looking at document 7 mortgage fears that sideline homebuyers

    Would you like to buy a home but worry that you'd never qualify for a mortgage? It's time to stop guessing and evaluate your chances to land a loan based on everything from how much you make to your credit score. Believe it or not, the odds are in your favor.

    May 14th 2019

  • 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.

    May 13th 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Hands holding a house and money fanned out. How much house can you afford? 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.

  • Happy in a condo 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.

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