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  1. How to Refinance a VA Loan: Step-by-Step Guide

    How do you refinance a VA loan? In some cases it’s much easier than with a conventional loan. We explain.
  2. 4 Risky Moves People Are Making to Buy a Home

    A new study from Owners.com suggests that Americans may be willing to make some risky moves to buy a home in 2017. Here are ...
  3. 9 Gentrifying Neighborhoods in the Bay Area

    There are a number of gentrifying neighborhoods in the Bay Area, which is home to some of the highest rents and home prices ...
  4. Timeshares: Dream Vacation or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  5. Lien

    The legal right of a creditor to sell the collateral property of a debtor who fails to meet the obligations of a loan contract. ...
  6. 11 Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

    The cost of buying a home extends beyond the down payment, closing costs and your mortgage. Watch out for these costs.
  7. Top 25 Cities Where You Can Live Large on Less Than $70k

    Want life to feel more like Easy Street? Head for one of these cities, where you can live like a king (or queen) without ...
  8. Should You Buy or Build a Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's ...
  9. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Don't make these common blunders on your way to buying a new home.
  10. Why Buying Starter Home Now Is a Bad Idea

    Buying a starter home now may not be the best investment with slow-growing equity and added costs.
  11. Should You Buy a House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  12. Mortgage Discrimination: What to Watch For (WFC,BAC,JPM)

    Mortgage discrimination, even via major banks, still exists. How to recognize its signs.
  13. How to Start Saving for a House

    If you're serious about saving to buy a house, be willing to cut down or cut out unnecessary expenses. It can be done with ...
  14. The Pros and Cons of Buying a House on a Slab

    Whether you’re building or buying, here’s why you do (or don’t) want a concrete slab.
  15. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loan

    PACE loans offer an alternative to traditional financing for property owners who want to make energy efficient improvements. ...
  16. 40-Year Mortgages: Do They Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a 40-year mortgage? Would you want one?
  17. Buying a House on a Single Income

    Thanks to low-down-payment programs, buying a house on a single income is possible even if you’re not wealthy. Here’s what ...
  18. Top U.S. Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the U.S.
  19. Reverse Mortgages: The Problems and the Alternatives

    Reverse mortgages have many pitfalls, but there are alternatives to help fund your retirement.
  20. The Most Popular States to Retire to in the U.S.

    Which are the most popular states to retire to in the U.S.? United Van Lines’ 40th Annual Movers Study has the answers.
  21. How a HELOC Fixed-Rate Option Works

    This product is essentially a home-equity loan and home equity line of credit (HELOC) hybrid, and it has its own quirks, ...
  22. What are the Differences Between a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) and a Home Equity Loan?

    Learn the differences between a home equity loan and a home equity line of credit, and find out how to select the one that ...
  23. How to Get a Loan to Flip a House

    If you want to get into house flipping but don't have the cash to invest, read on for options.
  24. Foreclose on High Housing Prices

    Foreclosed homes may be financially appealing, but there are many obstacles to consider before buying.
  25. Economics of Owning a Beach House

    Discover how property taxes, insurance costs, climate and other risks can affect the cost of owning a beach house and what ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Breaking Down the Actual Cost of a Home Renovation

    Keep reading to learn more about the actual costs of home renovation projects.
  28. 18 Do-It-Yourself Projects to Boost Home Value

    These home upgrades can be achieved for surprisingly little money.
  29. 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 ...
  30. The Mortgage Market's $1 Trillion Debt Cloud (JPM)

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

    Before buying a house with tenants, know the risks and responsibilities you're taking on.
  32. 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.
  33. 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 ...
  34. Shopping for Mortgage Rates

    A step-by-step guide to finding and locking in the best rate for a mortgage.
  35. 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.
  36. 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. ...
  37. Are You Ready to Buy a House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  38. 6 Things Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate Need to Know

    Rising home prices and a strong dollar are making it tough for foreign buyers of U.S. real estate to pay cash. What to expect ...
  39. 7 Bad Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

    When low mortgage rates are everywhere, it might seem like a good time to refinance. Make sure you are doing it for the right ...
  40. Why Mortgage Applications Just Dropped 12%

    Mortgage applications took a steep dive at the end of 2016. Is a housing slowdown coming?
  41. Does Your Landlord Give You an Uber Subsidy?

    An Uber subsidy instead of a parking space is now officially a thing.
  42. What is Foreclosure Investing?

    Foreclosure investing, despite the promises of late-night television infomercials, is not for the inexperienced.
  43. Retiring With a Mortgage? Here's How to Save Money

    A monthly mortgage payment can be hard to handle in retirement if you're not ready.
  44. Is 2017 the Year to Invest in a Rental Property?

    The rental housing forecast looks positive for 2017, and for some would-be real estate investors it may be the right time ...
  45. Who Rules the Jumbo Mortgage Lending Market?

    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  46. What is an FHA Streamline Loan?

    Refinance your high-interest-rate mortgage with an FHA streamline. The process is quick and easy and can work for most existing ...
  47. How To Decorate For Christmas Without Going Broke

    Here are some insights on how to have an affordable holiday.
  48. Does the FHA provide construction loans?

    Learn how you can save with FHA-insured construction and rehabilitation mortgages that allow you to finance construction ...
  49. 4 Real Estate Trends for 2017 Investors Should Be Aware Of

    As the new year gets underway, these factors will be driving the real estate market.
  50. Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
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  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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