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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.
August 2nd 2015
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 2015
How much house can you afford?
It's a seller's market again. But you don't want to wind up house poor, saddled with mortgage payments that gobble up too much of your paycheck. Here's how to find the price range that's right for you.
July 28th 2015
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.
July 27th 2015
4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal
A low home appraisal causes a home sale to fall through about 9% of the time. Be smart about challenging an appraisal you think misses the mark.
July 25th 2015
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.
July 23rd 2015
The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid
Dodging these pitfalls will make you a happier home buyer now and more satisfied home owner down the road. You'll know that you got the best possible mortgage and won't be overwhelmed by unexpected costs.
July 22nd 2015
Get your paperwork ready before applying for a mortgage
Here's a checklist of what you'll need and it's extensive — W2s, pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, brokerage statements and more. It's never too early to start a file and fill it up.
July 21st 2015
What you need to know about 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.
July 20th 2015
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.
July 15th 2015