Mortgages and Home Loans

    Learn everything you need to secure the best home mortgage or refinance your existing mortgage. We'll cover the different types of mortgages, and prepare you for your mortgage transaction.
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    What Is a Condominium?
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    What Is the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)?
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    How To Estimate Your Home’s Value
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    Why You Might Not Be Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage
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    Tips for Mortgage Shopping in a Hurry
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    What Is Earnest Money?
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    What Is a Security Deposit?
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    How Long Does It Take To Buy a House?
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    How to Get a Joint Mortgage With Friends and Family
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    What Is a Loss Mitigation Application?
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    What Is Adverse Possession?
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    What Is a Lessor in a Lease Agreement?
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    What Is a Lessee?
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    What You Need to Know About Home Equity Loans
    What to Know About Construction Loans. A short-term loan that funds everything you need to build a new home. Similar to a line of credit in that you receive advances for each portion of the project. Interest is only paid on the amount you actually borrow. Most often, payments begin six to 24 months after securing the loan. Usually paid off with another “permanent” loan. Be equipped with a solid plan before investing in a construction loan
    Construction Loans: Funds to Buy Land and Build
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    What Is a Lease?
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    Compare Current Mortgage Refinance Rates
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    What Is a Fannie Mae HomePath Property?
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    A State-By-State Guide To Down Payment Assistance
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    What Is a Pocket Listing?
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    How Much Does a Home Addition Cost?
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    How To Write a Mortgage Letter of Explanation
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    How Long Does a Mortgage Preapproval Last?
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    What Is the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act?
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    Are Your House Payments Making It Difficult to Cover Your Other Bills?
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    The Average Price of a Starter Home Across the U.S.
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    How To Finance a $25,000 Home Renovation Project
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    Using Price-to-Rent Ratio To Decide Between Buying and Renting
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    Guide to Seller Concessions by Loan Type
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    Best Mortgage Lenders for Bad Credit of 2021
    Down Payments: How Much Should You Pay?
    Should You Make a Large or Small Down Payment?
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    How Much Does It Cost To Build a House in 2021?
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    What Is an Escrow Agent?
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    Best HELOC Lenders of 2021
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    How You Can Pay Less on Home Loan Origination Fees
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    What Is the Sales Comparison Approach to Appraisals?
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    Repairing your property? A home improvement grant can help.
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    Is It Bad To Have a Lien on Your House?
    how to get started calculating your mortgage: Compare the monthly payment for several different home loans. Figure out how much you pay in interest monthly, and over the life of loan. See how much you pay off over the life of the loan versus the principal borrowed to determine the extra amount paid
    How To Calculate Mortgage Payments Before You Buy or Refinance
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    When Should You Get a No-Cash-Out Refinance?
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    What Is a Title Company and What Does It Do for You?
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    What Is the Right of Redemption?
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    How Subprime Mortgages Helped Cause a Crisis
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    What Is a Maximum Loan Amount?
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    How Much Homeowners Insurance Coverage Do I Need?
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    What Is a Mortgagee?
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    What Is an Interest Rate Cap?
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    Loan Modification: Lower Your Payments and Avoid Foreclosure
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    What Happens to Your Mortgage When You Die?
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    FHA Cash-Out Refinance Guide
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    What Are Qualifying Ratios?
    .Image shows a man looking over a document and signing it. Text reads: "What to know about fixed-rate mortgages: The interest rate on a fixed-rate mortgage stays the same throughout the life of the loan. Some of the principle is paid off each month making the interest payment on the remaining principle less. More of your monthly payment goes toward the principle. At the beginning of the loan most of the payment goes towards interest - at the end, most of it goes towards the principle."
    What Is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?
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    Need Money to Buy Land? Here Are Several Ways to Borrow.
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    9 Basic Rules for First-Time Home Buyers
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    What Is the Federal Home Loan Bank Act?
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    What Is a Rate and Term Refinance?
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