If you’re uncertain if you can meet the standards necessary to secure a conventional mortgage loan, a Federal Housing Administration loan might be the right choice for you. It’s a mortgage product backed by the government, which helps borrowers... (Read More)
A pre-purchase home inspection is a recommended part of the home buying process. An investment of about $300 to $500 can help you avoid an unexpected defect that could cost thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands, after you sign on the dotted... (Read More)
Buying your first home? Here are three real estate professionals who will play a big role in your leap from renting to owning your own home:
Mortgage loan officer. Before you look at a single home, you should get pre-approved for financing from a... (Read More)
In the market for a new home? Purchasing a home is definitely something we don't do every day. So it's easy to make mistakes, and when it comes to home buying, mistakes can be costly. Here are some of the most common errors made by first-time... (Read More)
Applying for a home loan? As a mortgage borrower, you will have two rates — your mortgage rate and your Annual Percentage Rate, or APR.
What is the difference between the two? Your mortgage rate is the base rate you'll be charged to borrow the... (Read More)
Looking for a spacious home but have a limited budget? You may feel like you have to downsize your dreams, but don’t limit your options just yet! By making a few tweaks to your home search, you may be able to find a bigger home within your budget... (Read More)
Moving into a new home? If you have children, it's a great time to make sure your home is safe for the smallest members of your household. Every 30 minutes a child in the United States is injured as a result of a TV or furniture tip-over incident... (Read More)
You assembled your documentation, filled out the mortgage application and received approval to proceed with your purchase. It’s time to celebrate, right?
Not quite. Your lender will recheck your credit right before closing, and certain... (Read More)
What’s my mortgage payment?
That’s probably your main concern as you figure out how to finance your home purchase. But make sure you consider the other costs associated with buying and maintaining your property.
Public services... (Read More)
Did you know that FSBOs —homes that are For Sale by Owner — account for only about 8 percent of home sales? Or that many properties that start out as FSBOs end up being listed with and sold by a Realtor? Here's why so many people sell their... (Read More)