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After Equifax: How to get a mortgage when your credit’s been frozen

Equifax leak: experts recommend freezing your credit If your personal data is no longer secure because of the recent Equifax hack, many personal finance experts recommend that you protect yourself with credit monitoring and even freezing your credit. That can prevent people from opening up accounts in your name, but what if you're shopping for […]

Mortgage rates today, September 13, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

You’re married: Is it okay to buy a house without your spouse?

Should you ever buy a house without your spouse? Sometimes, there are excellent reasons for buying a house on your own.

Tired of the low housing supply? Consider these strategies

If the low housing supply is making your home search frustrating, try these strategies to get your foot in the door.

Mortgage rates today, September 12, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Most affordable pet-friendly cities: 79 metros ranked by FIDO Score™

Pets have become part of the American family. That's why more home buyers are factoring their pets' quality of life when buying a home. Here are the most affordable & pet-friendly cities in America.

Mortgage rates today, September 11, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Why flood insurance is so important: lessons from Hurricane Harvey

Unless your mortgage lender forces you to get flood insurance, you probably don't have it. But you should -- these days, as one FEMA official put it, we all live in a flood zone.

Best programs for getting a mortgage with a disability in 2017

Is it harder to get a mortgage with a disability? No; it can actually be easier, thanks to the wide array of assistance available for down payments, closing costs, and accessibility.

Your best mortgage bank might not be a bank

If your mortgage application is not the strongest, a non-bank mortgage lender might be better than a mortgage bank. Their standards are lower according to a new study.

Equifax data breach victim? Here’s what to do today to protect yourself

Equifax data breach sparks firestorm of consumer concerns 143 million. That's how many U.S. consumers are potentially affected by a data breach of consumer credit reporting agency Equifax. Nearly two-thirds of the adult U.S. population. The disturbing thing about the latest breach — in what seems to be a neverending stream of breaches — is that thieves had […]

Mortgage rates just hit a 2017 low, so why aren’t homeowners refinancing?

Mortgage rates are approaching 2016 levels, but homeowners haven't heard. Four reasons homeowners are missing out on today's rates.

Mortgage rates today, September 8, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

10 reasons your home purchase didn’t go through

Common reasons why home purchase attempts fail, and how you can avoid being the 1-in-25 home buyers whose transactions don't go through.

Broaden your horizons to find better home values

To find better home values, you may not get to buy in your first choice area. But a smart buy today may get you where you want to be tomorrow.

Mortgage rates today, September 7, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Here’s how much Jay-Z and Beyoncé are spending on their mortgage each month

The king and queen of entertainment just took on a huge monthly payment -- more than the average American spends on an entire house.

Reader question: How can I shop for a mortgage when lenders won’t give a loan estimate?

When you shop for a mortgage, you compare interest rates and loan costs and terms using the Loan Estimate (LE). But how can you do this without a property address, when lenders won't provide an LE?

Is it safe to waive real estate contingencies when you buy a house?

When you buy a house, you may be competing against many other people. Should you waive contingencies to make yourself a more attractive buyer?

Mortgage rates today, September 6, plus lock recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.