Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. How to Get the Most out of Your HELOC

    A home equity line of credit allows you to leverage your home for different reasons. Here are three ways to get the most ...
  2. What are the different types of subprime mortgages?

    Clarify your understanding of subprime mortgages. Learn about the different types, how they work and when they might be beneficial.
  3. 5 Reasons Your Credit Score Matters in Retirement

    Don't let your credit score go to hell, just because you're no longer employed full-time. Here are a quintet of reasons why.
  4. When (And When Not) to Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  5. Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Should you get a 30-year mortgage? A 15-year one? Ways to decide which mortgage is the best fit.
  6. When Do Mortgage Payments Usually Start?

    Discover when your first mortgage payment is due and how it differs from rent. Learn about the closing process and why you ...
  7. Interest-Only Mortgages: Home Free or Homeless?

    These loans can be beneficial, but for many borrowers, they present a financial trap.
  8. How to Buy a House With a VA Loan

    Discover the process, requirements and eligibility for securing financing for a home purchase with a Veteran's Administration ...
  9. 6 Tips to Get Approved for a Mortgage

    You can change your bank's answer to a loan request from 'No' to 'Yes'. Find out how.
  10. 7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  11. When Saving for College Is a Bad Idea

    Is there a time when saving for college is a bad idea? A close look at financial-aid rules.
  12. The Big Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt

    Not all debt is bad. Good debt is that which is incurred to increase your future income.
  13. Fannie Mae: Loans, HomePath & All You Should Know

    Fannie Mae (officially the Federal National Mortgage Association, or FNMA) is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) – that ...
  14. Private Mortgage Insurance - PMI

    A policy required by lenders for borrowers who are putting down less than 20% for a home mortgage. PMI usually requires an ...
  15. MGIC Reported Q4 Earnings Jump of 40.3% (MTG)

    Overcoming low interest rates during the second half of 2016, MGIC released Q4 earnings of $107.52M, which trumped last year's ...
  16. 6 Financial Prerequisites for Buying a House

    Don't find the perfect house only to discover that you don't meet mortgage qualifications. Know the prerequisites for buying ...
  17. FHA Cuts Premiums for Mortgage Insurance

    In one of his first executive orders, President Trump suspended the new cuts in mortgage insurance premiums on FHA loans. ...
  18. The Mortgage Market's $1 Trillion Debt Cloud (JPM)

    The value of bonds backed by risky, single-family mortgages exceeded $1 trillion in November.
  19. Buying a House with Tenants: A Quick Guide

    Before buying a house with tenants, know the risks and responsibilities you're taking on.
  20. The Smartest Way to Tap Your Home Equity

    Using your home as a source of funds can be a smart choice in some situations. Just be sure to run the numbers carefully.
  21. Trump’s Student Loan Repayment Plan: Could It Help You?

    Donald Trump’s student loan repayment plan is still just an idea, but if it shapes up as promised, it could save you money.
  22. Will Students Left With Debt Benefit Under Trump?

    Donald Trump proposed some significant changes to student loans during his campaign.
  23. Buying vs. Renting in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Buying vs. renting in the San Francisco Bay Area is a conundrum: Both are pricey. How to decide.
  24. Find the Right Home Appraiser: A Quick Guide

    Locating the best home appraiser can mean a house valuation that's thousands of dollars higher than one that's done on the ...
  25. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  26. Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons

    It's a way to use your home equity for help when you're older. But does it make sense for your family? Here's how to tell ...
  27. Mortgage vs. Home-Equity Loan: How They Differ

    Mortgages and home-equity loans both use the borrower's home value as collateral.
  28. Mortgage Company

    A company engaged in the business of originating and/or funding mortgages for residential or commercial property.
  29. How to Find the Best Refinance Companies

    From traditional lenders to online loans, here's everything you need to know about refinancing your mortgage.
  30. What Is a Good Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  31. How Fintech Can Disrupt the $14T Mortgage Market

    Fintech firms have started to enter the $14 trillion mortgage market in creative ways.
  32. Shopping for Mortgage Rates

    A step-by-step guide to finding and locking in the best rate for a mortgage.
  33. Understanding the Escrow Process and Requirements

    Everything you need to know about this interim stage of buying or selling a home.
  34. No Down Payment Mortgage: How to Get One

    There are only a few ways to get out of making a down payment, but the requirements are strict.
  35. Credit Karma, Inc.

    Credit Karma is a credit monitoring website that allows users to check their credit for free at any time.
  36. How Quicken Loans Mortgages Work

    By allowing customers to initiate and manage the mortgage process online, Quicken Loans may appeal to borrowers who value ...
  37. Tips to Afford a Mortgage with Student Loan Debt

    Use these guidelines to decide whether you can afford a mortgage along with student loan debt.
  38. How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

    Here's how to determine what you should be borrowing to finance your home.
  39. Finding the Best Mortgage Rates in 2017

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates can all be done online. Here's ...
  40. The Best Ways to Help Kids Pay Off College Loans

    Set ground rules and be strategic about how you help pay off college loans.
  41. Do FHA Loans Have Prepayment Penalties?

    Learn whether FHA loans have prepayment penalties, and find out the rules governing interest charges when prepaying your ...
  42. Are Student Loans Amortized?

    Student loans typically get paid back over time on a fixed payment, or amortized, schedule.
  43. Got a Good Mortgage Rate? Lock It Up!

    Rising rates mean rising profits for lenders, providing incentive to increase rates whenever possible.
  44. Score a Cheap Mortgage, Here’s How

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  45. The Dangers of a Reverse Mortgage

    In many circumstances, a reverse mortgage can be a risk to your financial security. Here are six dangers you should consider ...
  46. 9 Things to Know Before You Refinance Your Mortgage

    Whether or not a mortgage refinance is right for you depends more on individual circumstances than this week's mortgage interest ...
  47. Mortgage Pre-Approval: Understanding the Process

    Understand the mortgage pre-approval process and why getting a pre-approved mortgage is important for would-be homeowners. ...
  48. Fixing the Credit Gap for Black-Owned Companies

    Black-owned companies face greater obstacles when seeking capital, says a recent Census Bureau study. What to do.
  49. Amazon Offers Cash-Back Chase Card For Prime Members (AMZN, JPM)

    You get 5% cash back on purchases made on the Amazon website.
  50. How Many Mortgage Lenders Should You Apply to? (FICO)

    Applying to multiple mortgage lenders can get you a better deal, but it comes with a few drawbacks.
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