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Buying a Home Soon? Here’s How to Protect Your Credit Score
February 19, 2018

Your credit score may never be more important than it is when you’re applying for a mortgage. It’s not easy to raise your credit score dramatically in a short period of time. But it is easy to inadvertently lower your...

How to Dispute Errors on Your Credit Report
February 12, 2018

Errors on credit reports are surprisingly common. A few years ago, the Federal Trade Commission completed a decade-long study which found that more than 20% of consumers had at least one error on a credit report significant enough to potentially...

4 Tips to Balance Your Mortgage With Student Loans
February 7, 2018

Balancing any household budget can be a juggling act. Adding a mortgage loan on top of everything else can make it seem almost impossible. In fact, Millennials have put off big investments like purchasing a home, often citing the large...

How the Fed’s Interest Rate Changes Affect You
November 6, 2017

At the end of September, the Fed chose to raise the target Federal Funds Rate. Another rate increase is expected before the end of the year. And chances are good that we can expect additional rate increases in 2019. That’s...

Saving for Your Down Payment? Here’s Where to Stash Your Money
October 24, 2017

For many would-be homeowners, the biggest hurdle on the path to homeownership isn’t the expense of a potential mortgage. It’s the difficulty of saving for a down payment. For the non-savers among us, it can be tempting to assume that...

Buying a Home Together as an Unmarried Couple
September 6, 2017

While most homebuyers are married couples, about 15% of young homebuyers in the United States are unmarried couples purchasing a home together. In metro areas with hot housing markets like Tampa, Portland, and Washington, D.C, that number is even higher....

Understanding Real Estate as an Investment
July 11, 2017

The house-flipping shows on t.v. make it look simple.  First, you find a home in need of a little love for a bargain price. Then, you buy it, fix it up, and sell the place quickly for a tidy profit....

Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage?
May 17, 2017

So you’re already a homeowner. But maybe you’ve looked around and noticed that mortgage interest rates seem to be lower than they were when you applied for your original mortgage a few years back. Or perhaps you’ve heard that by...

It’s Almost Always Cheaper to Buy Than It is to Rent
March 21, 2017

You’ve probably heard from well-meaning friends or relatives that renting is just throwing money away. That’s not entirely true, of course. Paying rent means you get a place to sleep and store your belongings. And having a place to live...

3 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Getting a Mortgage
March 14, 2017

You’ve decided that you’re ready to be a homeowner. Now, you need to convince a lender to give you a mortgage. As you might imagine, lenders aren’t keen to give tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to just anyone....