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Like a learner's permit, a pre-qual letter will get you on the road to homeownership, but there are going to be some limitations on how you can get from Point A to Point B. With a preapproval letter, you’re in the fast lane.
Some settlement agents have adopted paperless closings, but the industry has been slow to change. More than likely, a printer will be spitting out a pile of warm paper on your behalf.
Debt isn't necessarily a bad thing. Not paying off that debt, however....
Choosing a mortgage broker might seem like a no-brainer if you go with whoever quotes you the lowest rates and fees. On the surface, that seems like a win-win strategy. But the lowest rates and fees can’t make up for poor service or a lack of transparency.
It's probably a good idea to check the water heater a third time before you sign. And the foundation. And the wiring. And the roof....
If your home isn't on the MLS service, you might as well be leaving money on the table.
It may seem like a good idea at the time, but...
It’s one of the highlights of buying a home. Go ahead, pore over all the photos. Picture how you’ll arrange your furniture. But you should also call your real estate agent and schedule a walk-through.
Buying a home is a complicated process. It’s usually the biggest financial transaction of a person’s life, and often involves taking out a mortgage to pay for the new digs.
There's more to owning a home than some people realize. A lot more. Be sure to make the right decision.