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

    Private mortgage insurance, or PMI, is often bad-mouthed as a terrible deal for consumers. But you might not get a loan without it.

    December 20th 2014

  • White house on top of money December mortgage rates remain near 2014 lows

    Home loans have gotten cheaper this year, defying expectations that they would become more expensive as the Federal Reserve ended its campaign to drive down long-term interest rates. That's a great trend for anyone buying or refinancing a home.

    December 5th 2014

  • Gold house on top of arrayed dollar bills 8 questions Good Faith Estimates should answer

    Your Good Faith Estimate summarizes the key terms of your home loan, from interest rates to closing costs. Use it to make sure you're getting the mortgage you've been promised and avoid any nasty surprises before you sign on the dotted line.

    December 2nd 2014

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

    You don't want to be house poor, saddled with mortgage payments that gobble up too much of your paycheck. Here's how to find the price range that's right for you.

    November 28th 2014

  • Dona DeZube New mortgage disclosure forms will aid borrowers in 2015

    Simpler and better organized documents will make it easier to compare the deal you were promised when applying for a home loan with the final, actual terms you're being asked to accept at closing.

    November 26th 2014

  • for sale sign in front of a house. 4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal

    A low home appraisal causes a home sale to fall through about 9% of the time. Be smart about challenging an appraisal you think misses the mark.

    November 25th 2014

  • blue foreclosure sign in front of house 8 smart moves for buying a foreclosure

    Foreclosure deals are 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.

    November 23rd 2014

  • Model house on top of money Buy big with a jumbo ARM that starts at 2.625%

    Home Loans Today is offering one of November's best deals on jumbo 5-year adjustable-rate mortgages. It charges no points or lender fees and is available to buy or refinance a home in 43 states.

  • Interest.com Study: Big city housing less affordable Interest.com Study: Big-city housing often unaffordable

    Middle-income families are unable to afford the median-priced home in just over half of the country's 25 largest cities, and in the least affordable metropolitan areas, they aren't even in the game.

  • House keys on top of mortgage contract Buy or refi with a 5-year ARM for just 2.75%

    BankFinancial is offering borrowers one of autumn's best deals on a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage. Although these loans are only available in the Chicago area, check out the very good terms. This is exactly the kind of home loan you should be looking for whereever you might live.

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