Buy a Home With 3% Down?

Jan 13, 2015 by

The Federal Housing Finance Agency now allows some first-time homebuyers to make down payments of as little as 3%. But should you do something just because the government lets you?

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Mortgage Payment as Investment

May 13, 2014 by

Does an investment with a guaranteed, risk-free 4.25% return merit a spot in your portfolio?

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Best Way to Prepay a Mortgage?

May 6, 2014 by

Here’s why I suggest considering making payments on your 30-year mortgage as if it were a 15-year mortgage.

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How Much House Is Affordable?

Apr 18, 2014 by

Guest post today from real estate titan Zillow: Before you jump on that house you’ve fallen in love with, how do you judge whether you can afford it?

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New Mortgage Rules

Dec 30, 2013 by

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rules governing mortgages go into effect 10 January 2014. How will you be affected?

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FTC: “5 Steps to a Great...

Aug 29, 2013 by

Mortgage rates have jumped since May, and chances are good they’ll continue trending upward. Don’t let rising rates pressure you into making a poor mortgage deal.

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Who Checks Your Credit Score?

Jul 23, 2013 by

Wow, am I depressed. In a survey 42% of U.S. consumers didn’t believe mortgage lenders check credit scores.

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Our 3 Best Money Choices—#1

Jun 6, 2013 by

Like everybody, Ms. Money Counselor and I have made good financial choices and bad. Let’s explore the good first and maybe ignore the bad.

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Mortgage Rates Jumping

May 30, 2013 by

The U.S. national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has popped over half a percentage point in May. If you’re looking to finance a home, what’s this jump done to your prospective monthly payment?

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Credit Sesame Overview

May 21, 2013 by

Is signing up for Credit Sesame worth your time and effort? In a word: Probably.

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