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You've weighed your options and decided that it's time to buy your first home - but now you're not sure where to start or what to expect. Before you even meet with a real estate agent, you need to define your goals: what sort of neighborhood...

Getting a Mortgage Loan for a Fixer-Upper: FHA 203k Loans The idea of buying a fixer-upper and turning it into your dream abode can seem so perfect — every nook and cranny just to your specifications! The reality, however, can be harsh. When you realize how...

Is it a good idea to pay off your house as soon as possible — or should you refinance your mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates, reduce your monthly payment and use the extra money for other needs, such as contributing to retirement accounts?...

  You may have heard a lot in the news about recent changes that have been announced to the Federal Housing Administration FHA loan programs and have wondered - How does this affect me? Read below to find out! The FHA has drastically reduced the annual mortgage...

How would you like to pocket your homeowner's insurance premium and property taxes? When you hear that December is the perfect month to close your escrow account, you might be left scratching your head. Though "escrow" sounds like a confusing and intimidating term, luckily it's...

If you're looking for a way to keep a little more money in your pocket during the holidays, consider refinancing. When you refinance your home, you gain a payment-free period of time normally 30 days, leaving you with more money for this season's celebrations. Refinancing can...

It's an exciting feeling when you decide that the time is "right" to buy your first home. It's one of those milestones that marks a new phase in your life, much like your first day of school and your first job. But it's important to remember...