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Down Payment Assistance: It's The Real Deal

You’ve found your first home and your lender has approved you for a mortgage. But there’s one catch - you’re short of the cash you need for a down payment. Don't sweat - help may be available. More


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Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

Dreaming of owning a home and wondering how much you can afford? You're not alone. It's one of the most important questions you'll need to answer before you can begin house hunting – and many factors, aside from your income and car payment, come into play. More


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Harp, Harp, Harp

If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and haven’t refinanced into a lower interest rate, this HARP is for you. More


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The 4 Cs of Qualifying for a Mortgage

Thinking about buying a home but not sure whether you qualify for a mortgage? Here's what lenders look for in a borrower. More


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Interest Rate vs. APR

Ever wonder why mortgage rates are quoted both in terms of interest rate and APR? And what the difference is? More


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Mortgage Myths Busted

What do unicorns, leprechauns, and the mandatory 20 percent home down payment have in common? They’re all myths. More


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Three Tips for Mortgage Newbies

More tips on how to safely apply for a mortgage. More


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Attention Renters: Opportunity is Knocking

With rates near historic lows and a rebounding housing market, opportunities for first-time homebuyers abound. Plus, factor in the current rent vs. buy cost analysis and you may find that homeownership makes good financial sense. More


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What's the Point?

Your financial house is in order and you're ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality. Now it's time to get a mortgage. As you shop around, you'll see that many lenders offer a menu of mortgage rate-point combinations. So what are these so called "points" and is there a point in paying them? More


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Financially Speaking, What's Your IQ?

April is Financial Literacy Month – an ideal time to brush up on your financial education and life-long money management skills. To get started, let’s take a look at your financial IQ. More


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