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How to Get a Mortgage Preapproval

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.

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How To Navigate a Mortgage Loan Closing

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.

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How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate

Debt isn't necessarily a bad thing. Not paying off that debt, however....

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4 Must-Ask Questions When Choosing a Mortgage Broker

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.

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Final Walkthrough of Home is A Must Before Signing on the Dotted Line

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....

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Home Sellers Should Understand the 'Off-MLS' or 'Pocket' Listing

If your home isn't on the MLS service, you might as well be leaving money on the table.

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Is a Buy-and-Hold Investment Worth It? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

It may seem like a good idea at the time, but...

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How to Make the Most of an Initial Home Walk-Through

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.

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The Benefits of Credit Counseling for Homebuyers

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.

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The Huge, Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

There's more to owning a home than some people realize. A lot more. Be sure to make the right decision.

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