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HARP Refinance Is “Not A Scam”, Says Government; Program Ends In 2018

The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) expires at the end of 2018, and the government wants you to know that you may be eligible to refinance today.

How your loan size affects your mortgage rate (and what to do about it)

What determines the your mortgage rate when you buy or refinance a home? Your loan size, for one thing. Very large and very small loans have extra fees for different reasons.

Mortgage rates today, August 29, 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 buying a home near your favorite grocery store matters

You know it's location, location, location when buying a home. But did you know that the grocery store that's near your home can influence its value?

How your location affects your mortgage rate (and what to do about it)

What determines the your mortgage rate when you buy or refinance a home? Its location, for one thing.

Should I pay down my mortgage or add to my retirement account?

What's a better investment? You might wonder, "Should I pay down my mortgage or add to my retirement account?" Here's how to find out.

Mortgage rates today, August 28, 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.

5 Mortgage Calculator Features You Are Not Using, But Should

A mortgage calculator should let you determine much more than a monthly payment. Look at all affordability factors with these little-known features.

Use An Online Mortgage Calculator To Find Your Best Home Price

Home buyers often don't know how much they can afford. Using a mortgage calculator is an important step to finding a comfortable home price.

3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Mortgage Calculator

A mortgage calculator can help you choose the best loan, refinance smarter and save by prepaying your loan. Here's how to get the most from this tool.

How the global economy affects your mortgage rate (and what to do about it)

What determines the mortgage rate you're offered by lenders? A lot. You have control over some of these factors. Here's how to get the best rate you can.

The 10 factors that affect your mortgage rate (and what to do about them)

What determines the mortgage rate you're offered by lenders? A lot. You have control over some of these factors. Here's how to get the best rate you can.

More homebuyers in the dog house: Pets play a big part in property purchase

Homebuyers today are not just buying for themselves. The needs of a pet or pets also matter when Millennials and others purchase property. With 61 percent of households including pets, this is an important trend.

Want to start a business? Buy a home

If you want to start a business, buy a home. Yes, those two goals can support each other. Find out how.

Mortgage rates today, August 25, 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.

How to shop for a lower mortgage rate

For a lower mortgage rate, knowledge is power. Here's how to get the information you need from lenders, and how to use it to get your best deal.

New home sales tank in July, but show strength for the year

New-construction home sales slowed in July, as buyers retreat. New home prices are rising. Is it time to start looking for a new home to buy?

Mortgage rates today, August 24, 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.

First-time home buyers guide: buying with low credit scores

First-time home buyers tend to have lower credit scores than the general population. That's okay. There are plenty of "first-time" loan programs to help.

First-time home buyer’s guide: making a down payment

This post discusses down payments; and, is part of a four-part series meant to help first-time home buyers buy their first home, and get approved for their first mortgage.