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How To Compete With International Cash Buyers

First-timers face a new obstacle in their quest for homeownership -- having to compete with cash buyers from other countries. You can win a bidding war against a competitor with cash with these strategies.

When Does Refinancing Make Sense?

When does refinancing make sense? It depends on your goals and the loans available to you. Here are some scenarios in which refinancing does and does not make sense.

VA Loans: Surviving Spouses Also Get 100% Financing, Lower Rates

The VA mortgage has helped thousands of surviving spouses shore up finances and reduce homeownership costs.

Homebuying Tips: How To Choose Your Neighborhood

Homebuying tips: How to choose your next neighborhood. New and old school search methods to check out your next location.

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.

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.

Report: Cash-Out Refis Slow HELOC Momentum

HELOCs lost some steam in the latter half of 2016, after hitting 8-year highs. More homeowners are choosing a cash-out refinance as home values rise.

Mortgage Rates Today, May 26, 2017, 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.

VA Loans: No Down Payment Mortgage Options For Military Personnel

Eligible buyers should consider the VA loan when it's an available option. Read more about VA loans and get today's live mortgage rates.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Just Fell To A New 2017 Low

Renewed concerns about economic expansion are weighing on mortgage rates. It presents a rare opportunity for refinancing homeowners and home buyers.

Homes Selling Faster Than Any Time In Recorded History

Home supply is tight, and homes are selling fast. Mortgage rates are favorable. Is it time to enter the market?

Mortgage Rates Today, May 25, 2017, 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.

Will Home Buying Get Easier The Last Half Of 2017?

Home prices actually fell during the first quarter of 2017. Was the drop seasonal, or will home prices continue to decline this year?

Home Prices Rise In The West, Fall In The East

Prices are up more than 6% since last year, but the story changes regionally. The west coast has posted a 1.4% one-month gain, but a loss on the east coast.

Mortgage Rates Today, May 24, 2017, 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.

New Home Sales Post Surprising Spring Loss

New construction home sales cooled off in April, in what should have been a red-hot spring month. But, sales still match high 2016 levels.

First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide: Making A Downpayment

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.

First-Time Home Buyers Only Put 6% Down, On Average

In today's market, large downpayments are optional. Here are six popular programs that are helping buyers get into a home with very little upfront expense.

Mortgage Rates Today, May 23, 2017, 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: What Is A USDA Mortgage?

First-time home buyers have access to wide number of low- and no-downpayment mortgage loans. The 100% USDA loan is among the most aggressive programs available.