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4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal
A low estimate causes about one in every 10 home sales to fall through. Here's what to do when an appraisal of your home's value seems to miss the mark.
August 25th 2016
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.
August 23rd 2016
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.
August 22nd 2016
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.
August 15th 2016
Current mortgage rates are lower than last August
Current mortgage rates are lower than they were last August. Home loans not only are cheaper but a little easier to obtain, too.
August 10th 2016
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.
August 9th 2016
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.
August 8th 2016
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.
August 5th 2016
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.
August 2nd 2016
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?
August 1st 2016