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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.
February 15th 2019
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.
February 14th 2019
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.
February 13th 2019
Mortgage rates fall in February 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.
February 11th 2019
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.
February 7th 2019
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?
February 1st 2019
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.
January 28th 2019
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.
January 25th 2019
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.
January 23rd 2019
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.
January 23rd 2019