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  • 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.

  • Calculator home on money 30-year home loan charges just 3.25%

    American Interbanc Mortgage is offering one of June's best deals on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in nine states and the District of Columbia.

  • 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.

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

    Borrowers applying for a mortgage after Oct. 3, 2015, get a new five-page form designed to make home loans easier to understand before the deal is finalized.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Condo building at night 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.

  • For sale sign outside white house 4 smart moves for buying a short sale

    Although the number of short sales has fallen, they remain plentiful in some states, and you can still find some serious bargains — the major reason any buyer messes with the arduous short-sale process.

  • Gold house on top of arrayed dollar bills 8 questions Good Faith Estimates should answer

    Your Good Faith Estimate summarizes the key terms of your home loan, from interest rates to closing costs. Use it to make sure you're getting the mortgage you've been promised and avoid any nasty surprises before you sign on the dotted line.

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