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Home Financing

Credit Scores

If you are thinking of buying a house or condo, your credit score matters. A low score can: Cause you to be unable to get a conventional mortgage. Drive up the price of your mortgage, because you are a higher-risk borrower. Sudden changes in your credit score, after...

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How to Determine How Much House You Can Afford

How to Determine How Much House You Can Afford

A lot goes into deciding on a home to purchase. The neighborhood, school zones, square footage, commuting time, the number of bedrooms/bathrooms are all important things to consider. However, the first crucial decision to make is your budget. It's far too easy to get...

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What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance Explained

What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance Explained

Anyone looking to buy a home faces a major obstacle, coming up with that hefty down payment. The standard advice is to have a least 20% of the purchase price saved up, and for good reason. Sure, there are mortgage options that allow you to make a down payment of less...

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What are the Pros and Cons of FHA Loans?

What are the Pros and Cons of FHA Loans?

So you want to buy a home but don’t have a lot of money for a down payment. Or, perhaps your credit score is less than stellar. Maybe it’s both. Any interested home buyer who's in this situation will want to consider the FHA loan. This government-backed loan, through...

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