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First-Time Home Buyers
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Your Debt-to-Income Ratio: What It is and Why It Matters
You may feel like your finances are your business, something you’d prefer to keep on the low. But when you decide to buy a home, financial privacy pretty much goes...
The Happy Truth About Down Payments
Coming up with a significant down payment may seem like the absolute worst, and may be the reason why, according to Zillow.com's first-time home buyers survey, the median down payment is...
Why You’ll Dig Doing Taxes After You Buy Your First Home
Here's an insane detail to chew on: Numerous tax breaks will now be available to you that weren't when you were a renter. In fact, "a $1,200 mortgage payment, with...
Getting Real About Mortgage Rates
Some things in life are not fixed and stable. Take, for instance the price of airline tickets. So annoying. And then there’s the rate of interest charged on a mortgage....
Loans for First-Time Home Buyers: Your Best Bets
Is there a way to rate loans for first-time home buyers as good, better and off the charts? Probably not, as each person’s financial situation is unique. BUT there are...
Why Mortgage Insurance May Be Required
You probably know about homeowners insurance because you're ready to be a homeowner. Besides, you want to insure that nice, new dream home. But mortgage insurance? What and why and...
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