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  • smart moves to challenge a home appraisal 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.

    March 25th 2019

  • Red jigsaw puzzle piece shaped like a house 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.

    March 22nd 2019

  • 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.

    March 20th 2019

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

    Borrowers applying for a mortgage now get a five-page form designed to make home loans easier to understand before the deal is finalized.

    March 15th 2019

  • 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.

    March 13th 2019

  • White house on top of money with current mortgage rates Mortgage rates inch up in March 2019

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

    March 11th 2019

  • 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.

    March 8th 2019

  • 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.

    March 5th 2019

  • how to tell if mortgage points are worth the cost 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?

    March 1st 2019

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

    February 28th 2019

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