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Home ownership is a big decision, investment and responsibility. Get the tips to make smart decisions before and after you buy.

Home ownership is a big decision, investment and responsibility. Get the tips to make smart decisions before and after you buy.

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10 questions to ask mortgage lenders

Buying a home is a major financial commitment. Before you choose a lender, remember these 10 questions.

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Is buying a home right for you? Watch video

Tips for buying a second home

Buying a second home can be great for vacation or income. Get to know the benefits and considerations before you purchase.

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Buying a home within your comfort zone

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How credit scores affect interest rates Watch video
How much home can you comfortably afford? Watch video
The true cost of renting a place Watch video

Ready to buy a home? Read this first

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Buying or selling a home

From mortgage to repairs, your home is one of your largest monthly costs. Consider these 6 things before you buy or sell.

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Is a home equity line of credit right for me?

Borrowing against home equity is a big decision for homeowners. Learn about five benefits and potential risks.

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What are mortgage points?

Find out how mortgage points can lower your monthly mortgage payments over time.

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The home appraisal process

After your home offer is accepted comes the appraisal. Learn about the process and the professionals involved.

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What happens at closing?

Closing is the last step in your home purchase. Get an understanding of what to expect at closing before you go.

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Renting vs. owning

Whether you own or rent, each has its benefits and challenges. These insights can help you understand the pros and cons.

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How to calculate your home equity

Understanding home equity will help you know your financial options. See how it’s calculated and how to increase your equity.

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Homebuying and debt: What you need to know

Debt-to-income ratio is a big factor for mortgage approval. Learn what it is and how it affects your home buying.

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This way to a home of your own

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Fixed vs. adjustable rate mortgages Watch video
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Moving must-dos

When it comes to moving, having a proper plan and knowledge can be a big help. Use this checklist to ease the burden of moving.

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How VA home loans work Watch video

Fixed- vs. adjustable-rate mortgages

Not all mortgages are the same. Learn the differences between Fixed Rate and Adjustable Mortgages and consider what’s best for you.

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Cash-out refinance vs. home equity loan or line of credit

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Top 5 reasons to refinance and the pros and cons of each

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How to be a street-smart renter

A new apartment means a new space, neighborhood, and financial situation. Learn how to be a street-smart renter in six steps.

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The true cost of moving to a new place Watch video

Quick steps to simplify the mortgage process

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Cost of living comparison: How does your city stack up?

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Budgeting for closing costs

Closing costs can include everything from attorney fees to taxes. Know what to expect before you sign.

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Understanding your mortgage options

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What is a home equity line of credit?

Paying for a large expense or home project can be tough. See if a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is right for you.

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6 renovations that can boost your home’s value

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Buying a home with a low down payment

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How mortgages are approved

There are a lot of people and factors in applying for a mortgage. Learn what lenders consider while reviewing your application.

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Understanding different types of mortgage programs Watch video

How credit affects your interest rate

Your credit score speaks to financial responsibility. See how lenders view your score and what it means for interest rates.

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Understanding how mortgage interest rates work Watch video

7 common mortgage myths

The mortgage process is complicated and often misconstrued. Get the real facts behind these seven mortgage myths.

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What is private mortgage insurance (PMI)

Paying for a new home can be complicated. These five private mortgage insurance FAQs can help you plan ahead.

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6 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

There’s a lot to think about when buying a home for the first time. Learn how to avoid the six most common mistakes.

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Your VA home loan game plan

Having a VA loan can be great when you’re buying a home. Follow these 8 guidelines to keep your purchase on track.

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A veteran's guide to mortgage programs

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How Americans plan and save for their first homes

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Homebuyer’s dictionary: Must-know terms for every stage of buying a home

Whether planning or closing, here’s a list of some key words you need to know when buying a home.

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7 home upgrades that conserve energy—and cash

See how you can cut down expenses in the long-term with these seven earth-friendly tech upgrades for your home.

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