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  • White house on top of money October mortgage rates make it easier to buy or refi

    Home loans are cheaper than they were last fall, defying expectations that they would become more expensive as the Federal Reserve ended its campaign to drive down long-term interest rates. Jumbo loan rates are even setting new record lows.

    October 9th 2015

  • 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.

    October 8th 2015

  • hand holding a toy house for sale How to win a bidding war

    Recent data shows that three out of every five homes being sold in the 50 largest metro areas are fetching multiple offers. That's why buyers need a winning strategy to compete for their dream home.

    October 5th 2015

  • 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 insures you're getting the home loan your lender promised.

    October 2nd 2015

  • 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?

    October 1st 2015

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

    It's a seller's market again. But you don't want to wind up 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.

    September 28th 2015

  • 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.

    September 27th 2015

  • 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.

    September 25th 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.

    September 23rd 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.

    September 22nd 2015

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