Home Ownership

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Should You Pay Your Mortgage Biweekly?

About every three months, our mortgage lender sends us a letter. It’s to encourage us to pay our mortgage bi-weekly, instead of monthly. The pitch is simple. We would send off half of our normal mortgage payment every other week. That would make 26 annual payments, instead of 24 (12 months x 2). So we…

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What To Do If Your House Hasn’t Sold in a Year

We keep hearing that the housing market is going gangbusters in this pandemic. However, knowing that things are generally really good is cold comfort if you’ve been waiting around for your house to sell. Believe it or not, some people wait over a year for that shiny red “SOLD” sign to go up on their…

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How to Get a Mortgage With Poor Credit

If you’re tired of renting, but don’t have great credit, don’t give up hope! Yes, it is actually possible to obtain a home loan with poor credit. Lenders know that not everyone has perfect finances. Life happens! Having a low credit score shouldn’t keep you from owning your dream home. Rest assured, there are options…

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How to Get Pre-Approved For a Mortgage

When you’re ready to buy a house, a mortgage pre-approval is a smart step to take. Whether it’s your very first house or just your next one, mortgage pre-approval will ease your stress and save you a bunch of time. After going through the pre-approval process, you’ll have a much clearer idea about your overall…

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How to Use a Mortgage Calculator

Buying a house can be complicated — especially if you’ve never done it before. You have to figure in a ton of different numbers. There’s the down payment, the mortgage term, the interest rate, the property taxes, and house insurance. And then there’s also potentially land transfer taxes, legal fees, appraisal fees, or inspection fees.…

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