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Rising Home Values Can Boost Your Mortgage Refinance

NerdWallet | Posted 01.25.2017 | Business
NerdWallet

By Hal Bundrick, CFP Rising mortgage rates are cutting the flow of mortgage refinances to a trickle. By now, many people who could have benefited fro...

5 Tips For Buying A Home If You Have Student Loans

NerdWallet | Posted 01.25.2017 | College
NerdWallet

When Kristin and Sean Couch were ready to buy their first home, they feared that one thing would hold them back: Kristin's student loans. Her broadcas...

Why January Is the Best Time to Buy a Home

NerdWallet | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business
NerdWallet

By Daniel Tonkovich & Emily Starbuck Crone Spring and summer are historically the most popular times to buy a home. The weather is warm, inventory is...

2017 Mortgage Rate Outlook: The Trump Effect

NerdWallet | Posted 01.11.2017 | Business
NerdWallet

By Michael Burge For the first time in almost a year, mortgage rates are above 4%. While still low by historic standards -- the annual average rate o...

How the Trump Presidency Will Impact Housing in 2017

NerdWallet | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business
NerdWallet

By Hal Bundrick, CFP Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon, will be our nation's 45th president. That's good news for the housing industry, right? Wel...

Short on Existing-Home Options? 4 Reasons to Buy New

NerdWallet | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Deborah Kearns Buying a home in some markets is like being in a gladiator ring. Multiple rounds of showings and getting into -- and losing -- bidd...

Do You Need Good Credit to Buy a House?

NerdWallet | Posted 12.07.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Anisha Sekar Owning a home is part of the traditional American dream, but some believe it's a dream meant only for people with good credit or a si...

What the Trump Effect Means for Mortgage Rates Next Year and 5 Years From Now

NerdWallet | Posted 11.22.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Hal Bundrick, CFP In the week following the election, mortgage rates soared nearly half a percentage point. Average weekly 30-year fixed home loan...

Why Your Bank May Not Be Giving You The Best Mortgage Rate

NerdWallet | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Hal Bundrick, CFP Mortgage rates are near all-time lows, and it might be hard to imagine them going even lower. But some loan experts say many ban...

4 Reasons to Buy a Home After School Starts

NerdWallet | Posted 10.11.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Deborah Kearns Ah, fall. The return of all things pumpkin-spiced, cooler weather and the new school year (which this mom is thrilled about). It's ...

See How Much House $300,000 Can Buy Across the U.S.

NerdWallet | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Deborah Kearns Have you ever asked yourself, "How much house can I afford?" in different cities across the country? Well, in conjunction with Real...

4 Must-Ask Questions When Choosing a Mortgage Broker

NerdWallet | Posted 09.21.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Deborah Kearns 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...

How To Find The Best Mortgage Rates And Lenders Online

NerdWallet | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

The internet is changing the home loan industry, for sure. It's getting easier to apply and complete the mortgage process all online -- but shopping real-life mortgage rates and home loan lenders online is harder than it looks.

Homebuyer Education: The First Step to Buying a Home

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The purchase of a home is among the biggest financial decisions people will make in a lifetime. Taking a qualified homebuying class will do more than ...

How to Get a Mortgage

NerdWallet | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Michael Burge With all the people, paperwork and time-intensive steps involved, getting a mortgage can be a harrowing proposition. But if you take...

How to Get a Mortgage Preapproval

NerdWallet | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
NerdWallet

By Hal Bundrick, CFP In the world of homebuying, think of a mortgage pre-qualification as a learner's permit, while a preapproval letter is an offici...

TRID Trauma Lurks for Home Buyers and Sellers

MoneyTips | Posted 11.03.2016 | Business
MoneyTips

TRID, the "TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure" reforms mandated by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, affects mortgages originated after October 2, 2015. There are numerous differences between "pre-TRID" and "TRID" loans, and lenders/title companies/realtors have spent countless hours preparing for the change.

5 Signs You Should Keep Renting

SmartAsset.com | Posted 10.09.2016 | HuffPost Home
SmartAsset.com

We all know buying a home is a big step and while homeownership offers serious benefits, renting can be just as sweet a deal. If you're struggling to commit to buying, remember that the decision is personal.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Homeowner

Erica Gellerman | Posted 08.21.2016 | HuffPost Home
Erica Gellerman

I wish I could say Jordan and I stumbled upon a cute little house while out walking hand and hand through a picturesque neighborhood and decided it was the perfect place to create a home. It wasn't quite that romantic.

There May Never Be a Good Brunch Place in South Central

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 04.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Vanessa Carmichael

In the case of Los Angeles, it is scary to think that it may someday become what its politicians have designed it to be, a city for the few uber rich and the many domestic workers who maintain their homes and gardens.

What I Learned From Buying My First Home

Betterment.com | Posted 01.04.2015 | Money
Betterment.com

Our first-house story is an age-old tale: My husband and I were priced out of Brooklyn after the birth of our son. By the time he was 2 years old, we desperately needed to move from our one-bedroom apartment to something larger.

7 Biggest Home Buying Mistakes

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 11.11.2014 | HuffPost Home
WiserAdvisor.com

Whether you're a first-time buyer or you've been around the block a few times, there are certain home buying mistakes that trip people up time and time again.

The Biggest Mistake You're Making When Looking For A Home

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 05.15.2014 | HuffPost Home

There are many places to start your search for a home. While we favor browsing through beautiful real estate photos -- if you haven't noticed -- there...

Stop! Before You Buy A House, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 05.19.2014 | HuffPost Home
WiserAdvisor.com

Purchasing a home can be a savvy financial move, as long as you manage it well. Make sure to ask yourself these questions before signing on the dotted line, and your dream home can bring you joy for many years to come.

Unmarried Couples Buying a House Together May Also Be Buying Trouble

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

More and more couples are electing to live together without getting married, and often this includes purchasing a home together. This is a major decision fraught with potential consequences if and when they decide to split.