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Homeownership Articles

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Estimating a Home's Market Value

Whether you are preparing to buy a home or sell a home, it is essential to determine its market value so you can make ...

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15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgages

What makes more sense financially for you, a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage or a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage? ...

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About Private Mortgage Insurance

If you are in the market to buy a new home and have less than a 20 percent down payment, you are ...

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Buying vs Renting a Home

Does it make more sense to rent than to buy? This has been a long-running debate in this country ...

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Cash-Out Refinancing or a Home Equity Loan?

What's the top benefit of owning a home? Many would point to the equity you gain as you steadily pay down ...

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Finding the Right Home

Buying a home is an important decision. In fact, it will probably rank as the biggest purchase you ever make ...

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Fixed Rate vs Adjustable Rate Mortgages

You are ready to apply for a mortgage. Your question? Should you take out a fixed-rate loan or an ...

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Home Affordability

You are ready to make the jump from renting to buying a home. That is good news ...

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How Escrow Accounts Work

When you purchase a home with the help of a lender, the lender will likely set up an escrow account for ...

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Know When to Lock-In a Mortgage Rate

When you are preparing to get a mortgage, one of the steps you can take is to lock in your interest rate ...

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Qualifying for a Mortgage

Qualifying for a mortgage loan today is no easy task. However, it is also far from an impossible one ...

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

As you explore options to get out of debt and get your financial house in order, your home, becomes one ...

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Should You Refinance Close to Retirement?

When mortgage rates are low -- and in late 2016 the rates on both 30-year rates were at 4.30 percent and ...

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Should You Refinance Into a Shorter Term Mortgage?

When mortgage rates are low refinancing to a shorter-term mortgage can save you tens of thousands of dollars ...

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The Pros and Cons of an HOA

A homeowners association (HOA) provides you with the chance of living in an orderly and well-run neighborhood ...

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The ROI of Home Improvement Projects

One of the most rewarding things about being a homeowner is that you can make changes to your home ...

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Understanding Housing and Debt Ratios

You've found your dream home in the perfect neighborhood. There's just one problem ...

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Understanding Mortgages

Most people will need a mortgage to finance the purchase of a home. A mortgage works much like any other ...