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  • 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.

    November 20th 2017

  • 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.

    November 15th 2017

  • worried couple looking at document 7 mortgage fears that sideline homebuyers

    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 your 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 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.

    November 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.

    November 10th 2017

  • 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.

    November 8th 2017

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

    November 2nd 2017

  • 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?

    November 1st 2017

  • 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.

    October 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.

    October 23rd 2017

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