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Buying a Home

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    3 House-hunting Tradeoffs That Affect Your Budget

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    What to know to make the most of your home buying budget

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    Infographic: Avoid These Common Budget Mistakes

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    Decoding the Home Buying Process

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    Is Now the Time to Buy?

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    The 3-Letter Word that Can Transform Your Finances

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6 Home-Buying Deal Breakers and How to Troubleshoot Them

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Here are six of the most common home-buying deal breakers worth double-checking before you make a bid. Read More

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Home Buying on a Budget? 7 Telling Signs of an Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

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So once you’ve landed on a home that hues to your determined budget, how do you also ensure it’s situated in an area that will offer more than just affordability—but will actually grow with you? Read More

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The Sacrifices Couples Make in the Name of Homeownership

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After months of wedding-planning stress, a relaxing honeymoon can be just what the doctor ordered for weary newlyweds. Yet 60% couples would give it all up if it meant they could afford a house down payment. Read More

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Second Homes With Friends: What to Know Before You Buy With a Buddy

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Have you been fantasizing about that bungalow on the beach—even though you don’t have the cash or time to manage a second property? It could be time to phone a friend. Read More

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The Top 10 Things to Know for a Move

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Whether you plan to move next month or next year, make sure you’ve got your boxes in a row. Here are the 10 things to know for any move: Read More

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Infographic: Understand and Improve Your Credit Score

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Your credit score is a key indicator of your financial health.

Find out how to keep on top of your credit score, also known as a FICO score, and how to improve it to ensure your access to credit and better interest rates. Read More

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Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Foreclosure

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Following a foreclosure, the path back to homeownership may be shorter than you think. Here are tips to improve your credit and get back into a home sooner. Read More

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Financial Preparation for First-Time Homebuyers

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Buying your first home is a big step that impacts your lifestyle and your finances. Follow these steps to make sure you’re financially fit and ready for the real estate market. Read More

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The Top 20 Most Confusing Mortgage Terms Defined

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The definitions you need to know most and the role they play in the mortgage process.

From “APR” to “Balloon”, mortgage acronyms and terms can be confusing. Learn definitions of the most commonly confused language. Read More

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Real Estate on the Rebound

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The housing market is on its way up—and that's good news for sellers and buyers. Read More

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Tips for First Time Home Buyers

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How You Can Go from Renter to Owner

It's a good idea to consult with a trusted financial advisor before making a final decision to invest in a home. Read More

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Ten Things to Know About Home Inspections

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How to Be Sure You Get a Quality Inspection

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or are in the process of making your second (or third) home purchase, having a qualified professional give your home a once over is usually a smart idea. Read More

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Home shopping? Take along a checklist so you can compare various properties later.