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  • for sale sign in front of a house. 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.

    April 25th 2017

  • Reverse mortgage disadvantages 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.

    April 24th 2017

  • 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.

    April 24th 2017

  • 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.

    April 21st 2017

  • 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.

    April 13th 2017

  • 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.

    April 10th 2017

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

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

    April 9th 2017

  • 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.

    April 5th 2017

  • 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 historically low, making it a good time to purchase.

    March 28th 2017

  • 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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