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8 Mortifying Questions You’ll Be Asked When Applying for a Mortgage

Duncan_Andison/iStock If you need a mortgage to buy a home, rest assured: Prospective lenders will ask you a lot of questions. After all, loaning someone money is a risky proposition, so they’ll want some assurance you’ll pay them back! So what questions might they…

October 8, 2019

What Is a Sheriff’s Sale? Yes, Your Local Law Enforcement Is Involved

stone18/iStock Home buyers are always looking for a bargain. But if you’re really looking to save some dough, consider a sheriff’s sale. As the name suggests, it’s a real estate sale that involves your local authorities. The homes included in these sales are in…

October 4, 2019

5 Surprising Financial Lessons I Learned About Paying for My First Home

aydinmutlu/iStock; I pride myself on being pretty financially savvy—after all, I’m a personal finance writer. I’m well versed in best practices for saving and spending, the ins and outs of HSAs and IRAs, and the basics of investing. But when it came time…

October 3, 2019

How Much Home Can I Afford? Find That Magic Number Here

Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images How much house can I afford? Long before you start asking yourself what type of house you want—condo or house? Craftsman or ranch?—you should ask yourself this pragmatic question. After all, it’s no secret that your dream home can quickly turn…

October 3, 2019

6 Types of Home Loans: Which One Is Right for You?

kroach/iStock If you’re shopping for a home, odds are you should be shopping for mortgage loans as well—and these days, it’s by no means a one-mortgage-fits-all model. Where you live, how long you plan to stay put, and other variables can make certain mortgage loans…

October 2, 2019

Shop Smart: 6 Home-Buying Lessons From 20 Years of HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’

franckreporter/iStock Before there was “Fixer Upper” and “Property Brothers” and “Million Dollar Listing,” there was “House Hunters.” Arguably considered the OG real estate reality show, “House Hunters” premiered 20 years ago this week on HGTV. You’ve most likely caught on to this successful reality…

October 1, 2019