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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.
February 14th 2018
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.
February 13th 2018
Mortgage rates inch up in February 2018
Current mortgage rates are higher than they were last February. But home loans are still historically low and a little easier to obtain, too.
February 9th 2018
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.
February 8th 2018
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.
February 5th 2018
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.
February 2nd 2018
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.
January 25th 2018
Reverse mortgage disadvantages and advantages
Can a reverse mortgage help you? Before utilizing it as a tool, take time to thoroughly understand reverse mortgage disadvantages and advantages.
January 23rd 2018
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.
January 23rd 2018
The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid
Dodging these pitfalls will make you a happier homebuyer now and more satisfied homeowner down the road. You'll know that you got the best possible mortgage and won't be overwhelmed by unexpected costs.
January 22nd 2018