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10 biggest mortgage mistakes - Interest
Not getting a fixed-rate loan
Fixed-rate loans are no longer priced at record lows, so you might be tempted to grab an adjustable-rate mortgage.
But unless you're planning to move within five to seven years, you'll be better off sticking with a fixed-rate loan.
Mortgages remain historically cheap, so if you take out a fixed-rate loan now, you may never have to worry about refinancing. An...
Make tough refinancings work with an FHA loan - Interest
Make tough refinancings work with an FHA loan
By: Amy Fontinelle, March 26th 2018
You can refinance with an FHA loan even if you have little or no equity in your home, a damaged credit score or higher debt than lenders usually accept.
You may even be able to refinance with an FHA loan if you're currently unemployed. Try that with conventional financing.
The Federal Housing Administration...
4 smart moves for using home equity - Interest
4 smart moves for using home equity
By: Amy Fontinelle, March 07th 2018
As home prices continue to climb, home equity loans and lines of credit are becoming potential sources of extra cash for a growing number of homeowners.
But tapping the value of your home is something that should be done very cautiously and for a very narrow set of reasons.
A decade ago or so, way too many homeowners...
Tapping home equity is relatively cheap if you ... - Interest
Tapping home equity is relatively cheap if you can qualify for a loan
By: Amy Fontinelle, October 24th 2017
If you're looking to make home improvements, pay for your kid's college education or pay down credit card debt, a home equity loan or line of credit can be a cheap way to borrow money.
Just be aware that the cost advantage home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs, have long held over...
The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid - Interest
The 7 biggest mortgage mistakes to avoid
By: Amy Fontinelle, February 22nd 2018
A mortgage is the biggest debt most of us will ever carry, and a home is the most expensive purchase we will ever make.
That's why it's so important to avoid mistakes that cause you to pay more than you should.
Don't let the unfamiliarity and enormity of taking out a home loan scare you.
People make smart choices...
How much house can you afford? - Interest
How much house can you afford?
By: Reed Karaim, March 28th 2018
How much house can you afford?
If that question is on your mind, you're in good company. The spring buying market is here, and the housing market remains strong across most of the country.
Home prices continued to climb in January, rising 6.6% year-over-year nationally, according to CoreLogic's latest Home Price Index.
How to finance a fixer-upper - Interest
Your lender isn't going to approve a $300,000 loan to buy a home that's only worth $250,000. And, while homeowners sometimes use home equity loans to remodel, you can't get a home equity loan when you have no equity.
This can be a big obstacle for buyers who don't have extra cash to make needed renovations or repairs before moving in.
But there are two loan programs that can make your dream of...
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