25 March 2019
Rising home values mean more home equity for homeowners, who have a variety of options for how to tap and use that equity if they choose to do so.
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18 March 2019
First-time homebuyers can take advantage of any number of federal, state and local homebuyer assistance programs -- which are sometimes available to former homeowners as well.
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11 March 2019
When buying a home, your real estate agent is supposed to look out for your best interests, but if you're not careful you could find yourself with an agent who represents both you and the seller.
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4 March 2019
As 2018 taxes come due on April 15, homeowners will find that the tax benefits of owning a home and paying down a mortgage still exist, but only up to new limits that have been set by the tax law.
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25 February 2019
Trying to figure out what your new mortgage payment might be? It can be more complicated than you might think, with taxes and other costs on top of your base payments for mortgage interest and loan principle.
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18 February 2019
When exactly, is the best time to refinance your mortgage? It all depends on your situation and reason for refinancing.Here are eight reasons to refinance, starting with the most obvious one.
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11 February 2019
is it worth it to scrape together a 20 percent down payment just to avoid PMI? The answer to that is complicated, but the sooner you get into a home, the faster you can start building equity.
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4 February 2019
Getting preapproved for a mortgage is a key part of shopping for a home.But can you still change lenders after your bid has been accepted?.
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28 January 2019
You're shopping around for a mortgage, but when lenders run their credit checks, will they hurt your credit score?.
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14 January 2019
With mortgage rates moving higher, homeowners who are looking to refinance their loans might again consider an ARM to meet their needs.
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7 January 2019
What does the housing market hold for 2019? Will it be a good time to buy? Stay put where you are? Refinance? Here's what some of the experts we talked to had to say.
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31 December 2018
The VA doesn't offer a program for regular home equity loans, but eligible veterans and active-duty personnel can still tap their home equity through a VA cash-out refinance.
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29 December 2018
As Boomers downsize in the coming years, will Millennials want to buy their old homes? And might the two groups compete for a limited supply of small, desirable residences?.
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17 December 2018
With home prices and mortgage rates expected to continue to rise, affordability could be a growing concern for homebuyers in 2019.
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10 December 2018
A federal decision on changes to credit scoring rules on new rules that some mortgage lenders consider outdated has been put off for two years, potentially hurting home shoppers with limited credit histories who are "credit invisible.”.
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3 December 2018
Borrowers eying a very modest home may be surprised to discover that a small mortgage of less than six figures can be even harder to get than a jumbo loan of a million dollars or more, simply because many lenders don't find them profitable.
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26 November 2018
Many homeowners are unwilling to give up their current low mortgage rates to move up to a new home, so instead they're increasingly opting for home equity loans to improve the one they already have.
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19 November 2018
FHA loans are easier to qualify for if you're a borrower with limited funds or weaker credit but can they hurt your chances of getting your offer accepted by a home seller?.
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12 November 2018
The Home Affordable Refinance Program is ending, but homeowners with little or negative equity will still have options for refinancing their mortgages.
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5 November 2018
A new rule requiring a second appraisal on many reverse mortgages could make if more challenging to qualify for these loans, but doesn't appear to have had much impact yet.
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