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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

08.28.17
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Sorry, But Your Home Isn’t an ‘Investment’

“It’s the best investment I ever made!” “Why haven’t you bought a house yet? You know you’re just throwing your money away on rent, right?”

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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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Buying a Home This Year? Start Now to Get Your Credit in Shape

Are you planning to buy a new home this year? Unless you’ve recently won the lottery or can otherwise afford to pay in cash, it’s probably time

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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

12.16.16
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Why Do You Need a Down Payment, Anyway?

When it comes to navigating through life, there are certain financial traditions and transactions that are difficult to avoid – among them paying taxes annually,

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

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Can I Pay Rent With a Credit Card?

Housing — which means rent if you’re not a homeowner — is the biggest ongoing expense most people have. So it makes sense that at some point,

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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

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Embrace Home Loans Review

Embrace strives to provide excellent customer service, but you need to speak with an agent to find out what rates are available to you. offers conventional,

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Amica Home Insurance Review

Amica’s unmatched customer service and flexible policies make it one of the top choices for homeowners in the country. Amica builds its business around customer

11.10.16
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Buying a House? How to Save for a Down Payment

Saving for a new home has just become easier. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will now buy mortgages with as little as

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What the HELOC? A Home Equity Loan vs Line of Credit

Do you need access to a lot of cash at an interest rate much lower than credit cards? A home equity loan can help you

11.01.16
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Here’s How Much Your Credit Score Impacts Your Mortgage and Auto Loan Rates

When you apply for a new loan, the most influential factor in determining your interest rate is your credit and, more specifically, your credit scores.