Homeownership

Homeownership is a big decision, investment and responsibility. Get homebuying tips to make smart decisions before and after you buy.

Homeownership is a big decision, investment and responsibility. Get homebuying 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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The pros and cons of buying vs. renting a home

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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 your purchase.

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Buying a home within your comfort zone

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How much home can you afford?

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The true cost of renting a place

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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

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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

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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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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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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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Renting a new place? Here’s how much it will cost to move

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A veteran's guide to mortgage programs

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What are closing costs?

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

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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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Home renovation costs: 5 improvements to boost your home’s value

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Buying a home with a low down payment

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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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3 common home equity mistakes

Many people tap into their home’s equity for a variety of reasons. But is that always a smart move? Learn when to think twice about borrowing against one of your most valuable assets.

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The budget-friendly home renovation plan

Ready to remodel? This step-by-step guide can help make sure your home improvement project stays on budget—and avoid any sudden surprises.

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Tax tips for using a HELOC

Under a new law, HELOC interest is eligible for a tax deduction only if the proceeds are used to make substantial home improvements. Learn which types of projects made the cut and which are no longer tax-deductible.

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