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  1. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Don't make these common blunders on your way to buying a new home.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loan

    PACE loans offer an alternative to traditional financing for property owners who want to make energy efficient improvements. ...
  7. 40-Year Mortgages: Do They Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a 40-year mortgage? Would you want one?
  8. Top U.S. Housing Market Indicators

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

    Reverse mortgages have many pitfalls, but there are alternatives to help fund your retirement.
  10. 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.
  11. 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, ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. When (And When Not) to Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  17. 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 ...
  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. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. Real Estate Investing: A Guide

    Investing in real estate is a popular choice for good reasons, but it's more complicated than owning your typical stocks ...
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. Why Mortgage Applications Just Dropped 12%

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

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

    Foreclosure investing, despite the promises of late-night television infomercials, is not for the inexperienced.
  29. 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.
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. Does the FHA provide construction loans?

    Learn how you can save with FHA-insured construction and rehabilitation mortgages that allow you to finance construction ...
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. What Is A Short-Sale Property & How Does It Work?

    A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure whereby indebted owners get permission from a bank to sell their house for ...
  37. Are APRs different in different countries?

    Learn about the term APR and how it is used in the United States and other countries. Explore why different lenders charge ...
  38. Buying a House After Bankruptcy? It Is Possible!

    Buying a house after bankruptcy is not impossible. It just takes time to repair your credit score and demonstrate you're ...
  39. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

    Learn the unique situations in which a home buyer can take advantage of the FHA home loan program to finance an investment ...
  40. Why Real Estate Is Important for Financial Success

    For various reasons, people are no longer buying real estate. But there are several financially sound reasons why you should.
  41. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

    Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association, or FNMA) is a government-sponsored enterprise established to expand ...
  42. Home Depot CFO is Its 'Heart and Soul’: Jim Cramer (HD)

    As The Home Depot continues to find new ways to serve its home improvement clientele, CFO Carol Tomè has proven to be a key ...
  43. Homeowner's Insurance Guide: A Beginner's Overview

    Everything new homeowners need to know about insurance to protect their residence.
  44. Housing Affordability Is Slipping in 20 Markets

    With housing affordability slipping in many areas across the nation, first-time buyers are struggling to find a home that ...
  45. Top 5 Podcasts for Home Buyers

    Buying a home can be confusing - here are 5 podcasts to offer some advice along the way.
  46. Mortgage Applications Rise by 5.5%

    Mortgage applications rose by 5.5%, as homeowners brace for rising inflation and interest rates.
  47. 10 Cities Where Rent Is Rising Fastest

    Rents are rising in 34 of the 35 largest U.S. metros, but salaries are not keeping pace. Here's where you're most likely ...
  48. Do FHA loans require escrow accounts?

    Here's why FHA mortgages require escrow accounts for property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance premiums ...
  49. Subprime Lending: Helping Hand or Underhanded?

    These loans can spell disaster for borrowers, but that doesn't mean they should be condemned.
  50. Commercial Real Estate Faces Strong Headwinds

    The good times may be coming to an end for the U.S. commercial real estate market as mortgage defaults rise and interest ...
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    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.
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    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
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    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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