Homes & Real Estate / Buying a Home

  • How to buy a house with cash

      

    Many experts tout owning a home as an essential part of the American Dream. One of the problems with that dream is that it can come with a high cost. Taking out a 30-year mortgage on a home...

  • 3 important steps to take before buying a home

      

    Buying a home is a big decision that can have a considerable impact on your finances and your future. If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll want be to well-informed and...

  • 15-year vs. 30-year mortgage: Which loan is best for you?

      

    When you're buying a house, it is tempting to buy as much as house as you possibly can. Because of this, more often than not people sign up for a 30-year mortgage. A longer mortgage term means...

  • 3 creative alternatives to buying new cabinets

      

    If you've been looking for alternatives to buying new cabinets, you're probably aware of some of the typical ways you can spruce up your old ones -- paint, faux finishes, new hardware,...

  • How the Fed rate hike will impact your wallet

      

    It’s been a few months since the Federal Reserve implemented its first rate hike in nearly 10 years. The move signaled that the economy has strengthened enough for borrowers to withstand...

  • How to find a good home inspector

      

    A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. Choosing the wrong inspector could cost you.

  • Why paying off PMI should be a top financial priority

      

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) can be a good thing when you are trying to get a mortgage, but once you get that mortgage everything changes.  In most cases, once the mortgage is signed, PMI...

  • 6 options for buying a home with little or no money down

      

    Buying a home is an enormous decision, one that has an impact on your credit and finances like no other purchase could. The vast majority of homes are purchased through a mortgage, but most...

  • Get a mortgage with only 3% down payment

      

    One big bank is offering mortgages with as little as 3% down. Learn more and see if you qualify for the program.

  • 6 pros and cons to living large in a tiny house

      

    The average size of a home in 2013 was 2,598 square feet -- an enormous increase over the cozy 1,525 square feet that was the average in 1973. As homes become bigger and mortgages grow to match,...

  • Home renovations that give you the most bang for your buck

      

    When it comes to home improvement projects, it's important to prioritize both your personal values as well as the potential return on investment. And when you're on a budget, you want to...

  • Saving for a down payment: How much and where to stash it

      

    Are you saving for a down payment on a home? How much will you need and where should you put the money while it's building up? What you need to know about down payment The conventional...

  • Mortgage rates are dropping: Here's how to get the best deal

      

    The financial maelstrom of a slowing China, the slump in oil prices, the decline in stock market values and the absence of inflation expectations in the United States have had one unseen benefit...

  • Building a new home a better value than buying used?

      

    If you're in the market for a house, building a new home might be a better option than buying an existing house. Here’s why

  • 9 ways to buy discounted furniture and appliances

      

    Owning, remodeling and maintaining a home can eat up more than a third of your income each month, so when it comes time to furnish your home and replace appliances, your budget might be stretched...