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Decoding the Housing Market

You're likely to encounter these terms when you look up mortgage rates or hear people discuss the "housing outlook".

5 Tips for Mobile House Hunting

Can apps simplify the search for your next home?

A Look Ahead: The Housing Market in 2020

With low interest rates, modest inflation and a solid labor market, there are many reasons to be optimistic about housing in the coming year.

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Stop Homebuyers in Their Scroll

Learn the importance of listing photos when selling a home.

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Making a [Homebuying] List, Checking it Twice.

Use our homebuying checklist if you're looking to become a homeowner in the new year.

Tis the Season to Sell Your Home

Unwrap these tips for selling your home during the holidays.

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In the Know: Manufactured Homes

For many, the term "manufactured housing" doesn’t conjure images of spacious and updated homes, but perhaps it should.

Winter Housing Market = Buyers’ Wonderland

Find out why winter might be the best time to buy a house, and read tips for homebuying in colder weather.

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Three Common Real Estate Scams

Learn about moving fraud, foreclosure scams, and rental schemes.

Four Reasons to Go Green

When it comes to energy-efficiency and your home, there are four notable reasons to go green.

Military Financial Readiness: Saluting your Service

Deployment is never easy, but financial readiness can help minimize stress and anxiety for you and your family

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Bundling Up Your Home for Winter

Use this checklist to winterize your home and prepare for the colder days ahead.

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Would You Buy a Home Next to a Cemetery?

Buying a home near a cemetery may not be as grave a mistake as you think.

5 Homebuying Reality TV Myths

How real is reality TV? Here are some homebuying lessons you won't learn from binge watching your favorite shows.

The Economics of Renting

The cost of renting a home involves more than paying monthly rent. Find out what you need to know, for the short- and long-term.

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Understanding Housing Counselors

If you have your eyes set on buying a home, but have questions or concerns, consider leaning on a Housing Counselor.

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The Value of Accessibility

In the DC Metro Area, proximity to a Metro station has an impact on home prices.

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What are HOAs?

A homeowners association (HOA) is a group who enforces rules to protect home values and maintain the quality of life for a community.

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Calculate for the Cost of Homeownership

What's the real cost of owning a home? Our calculators can help you budget how much home you can afford.

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Do You Have a Home Field Advantage?

NFL stadiums can have a major impact on the local economy and real estate market, where does your team rank against the rest?

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The Best Week to Buy a Home

With kids back in school and the days getting shorter, some families may think it wise to wait for the spring or summer buying season to find a great deal on a new home.

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Clearing Up Commission

Wondering how real estate agents get paid? It's time to learn about the real estate commission fee.

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Six Home Improvements Offering the Highest ROI

Not all home projects are equal when it comes to earning you a return on investment.

Pricing Out PMI

We're here to explain what PMI is and how it can be to your benefit.

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Pumpkin Spice and Making Your Home Nice

Have you started preparing your home for fall? As seasons change, so do your home's needs.

Renter's Guide Part 2

Ready to sign the lease on your first "adult" home? As a renter, you have both rights and responsibilities, here are three things you should review with your landlord before signing.

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Renter's Guide to Post Graduation

For recent graduates, where you'll live is probably top of mind. To help you get started on your rental journey, here are a few questions to think about.

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Self-Employed Mortgage Application Tips

Learn how to qualify for a mortgage if you have a non-traditional work situation.

Mortgage Rates: Are Your Stars Aligned?

Today's low mortgage rates can give you extra purchasing power, potentially making a home once unaffordable, affordable.

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Choose Your Term

Whether you choose a 10-, 15-, 20- or 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, you're guaranteed that your monthly mortgage payment will remain the same for the entire term of the loan.

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How is Affordability Influencing Your Zip Code?

Housing affordability is a challenge impacting over half of today's renters and homeowners.

10 Homebuying Acronyms You Need to Know

PMI, APR, LTV… say what? Learn some of the most important industry acronyms and their definitions, so you can sound like a pro as you go through the homebuying process.

FAQ: Disaster Relief

When a disaster hits home it can be overwhelming. You've got mortgage relief questions? We've got your answers.

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Sparking Action: Wildfire Preparedness

If you are in an area where wildfires are an active risk, it's important to act now to protect your home later.

Equity and The Power of Appreciation

Rising home prices over the last 10 years have played a significant role in building wealth across the nation.

Disaster Preparedness: Tornado Tips

Tornadoes develop quickly and often arrive without warning, no matter where you live, a little planning can go a long way to protect your family and your home from these disasters.

Summer Greens

Summer weather calls for smart, green solutions to beat the heat and save hard-earned dollars.

Weathering the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is here and while no one can stop a tropical storm from happening, you can take steps to ensure your safety.

Renovations, Rates and Refinancing

Freddie Mac's new CHOICERenovation mortgage saves both time and money by providing cost-effective options for financing or refinancing home renovations, repairs, or improvements.

The Key Documents for Emergency Preparedness

Financial preparedness involves more than just setting aside funds for an emergency.

The Independence of Owning a Home

Owning a home is considered the American Dream by many. In addition to the feelings of pride and accomplishment, becoming a homeowner has lifelong benefits.

Finding Your Perfect Match

Looking for a new place to call home? With so many options to consider, we suggest starting with the classic mantra: location, location, location.

Together, We Make Home Possible

For all of us, it's more than just a job, it's our passion.

6.8 Million Are In The Pool. Are You?

As the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage nears a two-year low, more homeowners are entering the "refi-eligible" pool.

Lenders Make Home Possible

Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience, but lenders provide a steadying hand.

What's the Magic Number? Breaking Down Down Payments

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a 20% downpayment to buy a home.

Agents Make Home Possible

Your real estate agent is responsible for finding the right home for you - at the right price

Housing Counselors Make Home Possible

Buying a home can be intimidating - if you're not sure how to get started, consider working with an experienced housing counselor.

Making Home Possible

We're proud to be part of the industry that helps turn dreams into reality for people like first-time homebuyer Patrick Mineo of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Memory Lane: Spring Homebuying

That's a wrap! Test your knowledge in our homebuying quiz to see what you've learn this spring.