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Important Changes to the FHA’s Underwriting Guidelines

September 11, 2015 20218743584_bfc3bb7aa8_z

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has made several changes to its policies, all of which are included in the latest version of its handbook. The policies took effect on September 14th, when the FHA began implementing the new manual. The handbook, which is also available in PDF form, comes in at a whopping 855 pages and covers […]

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How to Save for a Home While Renting: Part 2

September 10, 2015 6736154311_9a0a3a44ba_z

Last week, we shared five tips for saving for a home while renting. But we couldn’t stop there. We’re back with five more tips that will help you save and spend wisely in order to put a hefty down payment toward the house of your dreams. Downgrade or cancel luxuries You might be throwing money […]

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How to Save for a Home While Renting: Part 1

September 04, 2015 4333249778_2c39c9f6bb_z

Now that you’ve weighed the benefits of buying a house and decided to leave the renting world behind, it’s time to start saving. It may go without saying, but the more money you put toward a down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be. Experts recommend saving at least 20 percent of the home’s […]

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6 Renovations That Will Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

September 02, 2015 5621505745_d733eeda44_z

Last month, we shared an infographic with you showing six renovations that increase your home’s resale value and six that don’t. Since summer is coming to a close, we thought we’d revisit it in case you’re trying to give your home a last-minute facelift. Whether you’ve decided to do some much-needed repairs, you’re getting ready […]

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10 Pros and Cons of Buying a Fixer-Upper

August 28, 2015 shutterstock_209638591

Buying a home can be stressful. Suburban, urban, or rural? House or condo? New or in need of some elbow grease? While we’ve already covered the pros and cons of buying a single-family house versus a condo, we also wanted to take a look at the pros and cons of buying a house requiring repairs. […]

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Condo or Single-Family? How to Pick a Starter Home

August 26, 2015 shutterstock_309069869

So you’re ready to buy a home. Congratulations! It’s an exciting time and a chance for you to start putting down roots and building equity by leaving the renting world behind. But deciding what kind of dwelling to invest in can be a daunting prospect. Many people wonder whether a house is the best first […]

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7 Smart Ways to Use a Cash-Out Refinance

August 21, 2015 shutterstock_306750131

Need some extra cash? It might be time to tap into your home’s equity. A cash-out refinance replaces your existing mortgage with a loan that pays off your balance and repurposes the equity in your home to put money in your pocket. The benefits of a cash-out refinance are many, especially for those who plan […]

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