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  • A street view of multiple multi-story buildings Don't get stuck with a difficult-to-sell condo

    If you're in the market for a condo, picking a unit that will be easy to resell down the road is a critical consideration. You need to consider the location, layout and amenities that will appeal to potential buyers when you're ready to move on.

    November 26th 2015

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

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

    November 25th 2015

  • 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.

    November 23rd 2015

  • Red jigsaw puzzle piece shaped like a house The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid

    Dodging these pitfalls will make you a happier home buyer now and more satisfied home owner down the road. You'll know that you got the best possible mortgage and won't be overwhelmed by unexpected costs.

    November 22nd 2015

  • House on mortgage Get your paperwork ready before applying for a mortgage

    Here's a checklist of what you'll need and it's extensive — W2s, pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, brokerage statements and more. It's never too early to start a file and fill it up.

    November 21st 2015

  • stack of money house pen What you need to know about 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.

    November 20th 2015

  • model house on mortgage documents 7 big questions your Closing Disclosure can answer

    Borrowers who apply for a mortgage after Oct. 3 will be getting a new five-page form designed to make home loans easier to understand before they finalize the deal.

    November 15th 2015

  • worried couple looking at document 7 mortgage fears that sideline home buyers

    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 you 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.

    November 14th 2015

  • 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.

    November 13th 2015

  • 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.

    November 10th 2015

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