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About to Buy a House? Put Your Credit on Lockdown

Buying a house can be both an exciting and simultaneously stressful experience. One reason the home buying process tends to be so stressful for many consumers

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Seven Reasons to Love the House You Have

With spring in full swing and summer on its way, people are busy sprucing up their home’s outdoor areas. Perhaps you’ve cleaned out your garage,

04.16.17
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House Hunting? You Might Want to Wait Until Winter to Buy a Home

As the weather gets warmer, millions of Americans are gearing up to buy a new home. We’re entering peak real estate season, as May, June,

03.14.17
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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

I’ll never forget an open house I visited in 2008. I asked our realtor to look around for some larger homes – possibly a two-story

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

12.22.16
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Six Predictions for the Housing Market in 2017

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the 2017 real estate market forecast without factoring in the Trump Effect. President-elect Donald Trump and his rhetoric, which may

12.15.16
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What is a Conventional Loan?

A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. To underscore the importance even further, let’s not forget that most people end up paying

Can Alternative Credit Scoring Help You Get a Mortgage?

By Peter Miller Lenders have an ongoing problem: No matter how many loans they create, they want to make even more. And that brings us

10.31.16
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Zillow Zestimate vs. Reality: How Much Is My House Worth?

Almost everyone these days begins their search for a new home inside their old home. That is, if you’re looking to buy (or sell) a house, you’re

10.11.16
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How to Choose the Best Mortgage

You’ve found a home you love. That’s great! But for most buyers, it’s only half the battle — next you have to secure a mortgage. The idea

09.21.16
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First-Time Home Buyer? Check Out These Helpful Programs

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you undoubtedly have that mix of excitement and fear we all experience. The thrill of owning a house coupled

09.16.16
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Five Things You Should Know About Working With a Mortgage Broker

Maybe mortgage broker is a term you’ve heard in your travels, but you’re unsure how it fits in with your plan to buy the home of

09.10.16
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How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House?

How much does it cost to sell a house? The truth is, how much you’ll pay to sell your home depends on a number of factors. For

08.07.16
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Five Home Flaws Worth Overlooking for a Better Deal

By almost any standard, it’s a competitive housing market out there. National real estate brokerage Redfin said June marked the fastest and most competitive housing market since the

07.15.16
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How Much House Can I Afford?

I often receive emails from readers concerning whether or not the sender can afford a particular house – or how much house they can afford.

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Is Building a New Home a Better Deal Than Buying an Existing One?

Just the other day, a friend of mine argued that building a new home is more cost efficient than buying an existing property. Her new home

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Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad

Millennials, many of whom are burdened with huge student debt loads, have been slow to buy their first homes — holding up the housing economy to some

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Eight Landlord Horror Stories That Will Dash Your Dream of Owning Rental Property

Investing in rental property is one way to grow your net worth while building equity in a tangible investment – a home or structure you