Can’t find an affordable FHA-approved home? You have options.

Americans took out nearly $150 billion in loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration to buy homes in 2018. Nearly 83% of those FHA borrowers were first-time homebuyers, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s unsurprising that FHA loans are especially popular with first-time homebuyers, due to more lenient credit-score and debt-to-income […]

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7 tips for picking a great real estate agent

Real-estate agents promote themselves with yard signs, online ads, direct-mail postcards and even sponsored public benches. So cutting through the advertising hype and finding the right agent can be tough. “We don’t have the information (about real-estate agents) that we have about other service professionals,” says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America. Still, […]

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Don’t Believe These 6 Myths About Real Estate Agents

Buyers and sellers often enter the market with misconceptions about real estate agents – how they work, how the process works and what the agency relationship is all about. It’s helpful to point out, without getting too far into the weeds, that in any one real estate transaction, there are most likely two agents: one for […]

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How to pick the best loan to pay for home renovations

Many people don’t realize there are renovation loans that can help pay for your housing upgrades.Whether you need a new roof or your kitchen is outdated, there is a mortgage that’s right for your fixer-upper. Here are your options and what you should know about each one.Government-backed loansOne of the best-known loans for home improvements, […]

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