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Home buying (6)

Aerial shot of waterfront homes in affluent neighborhood in Miami

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Miami’s housing market compared to other U.S. cities

You don’t have to know much about the housing market to know that it’s booming these days. That being said, growth doesn’t happen evenly across the...

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Buying a house: The ultimate checklist

Buying a house can be life-changing, so you need to be prepared before you get started. For first-time homebuyers, the process can be confusing or...

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Young woman in her kitchen using her laptop and tablet to do online research

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How much down payment do you need to buy a home

Down payments are seen as a barrier to homeownership by many. However, this concept is often misunderstood. Contrary to popular belief, you may not...

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Understanding property taxes

You may know about certain aspects of buying a home like principal and interest, but there are also less well-known components like property taxes,...

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Young woman sitting in her living room with her laptop and a calculator working out her finances

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Tips for buying a house with bad credit

Many people with bad credit assume that homeownership isn’t an option. However, you’re not destined to rent for the rest of your life. Buying a house...

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5/1 ARM Loan: Everything You Need to Know

Before you lock yourself into a single interest rate for 30 years, you may want to consider an adjustable rate mortgage. One of the most popular...

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What Does Escrow Mean and How Does It Work?

Escrow is one of those terms that you’ve heard countless times without knowing what it actually means. However, knowing and understanding this term...

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What to look for in a final walkthrough

Buying a home is a lengthy, stressful, and complicated process with countless steps along the way. After applying for a mortgage, submitting an...

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woman sitting in her living room doing online mortgage research

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What is mortgage insurance and how does it work?

Just when you think you’ve figured out the homebuying process, a bomb drops -- mortgage insurance. This extra cost can really derail your plans. The...

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Woman doing online mortgage research while lounging on her couch

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How to get a mortgage

If seeing all your friends buying homes lately has left you thinking, “how are they doing this?” -- then you’re in the right place. Navigating the...

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Older couple reviewing mortgage statement at home

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How much does it cost to refinance a mortgage?

Contrary to popular belief, refinancing isn’t free and it can cost you thousands of dollars depending on the amount of your new mortgage loan. These...

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