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Can You Trust The Mortgage Company You Found On The Web? The Best Online Mortgage Lenders Compared

When buying a home, it makes sense to look for the best possible deal. After all, your mortgage will span decades, and the higher the interest rate, the more you’ll pay over time. Even a 1 percent difference in your mortgage rate can mean tens of t … [Read more...]

Should you use an Online Mortgage Lender? The Pros and Cons of Getting a Mortgage Online

We Americans are so busy these days we usually prefer a simplified version of everything: We’d rather text than call, and we’d rather buy Christmas gifts online than go to the mall. So it only makes sense the newest trend in mortgage lending is ful … [Read more...]

Renter’s Insurance: When You Need It, How To Get It

Fire. Theft. Vandalism. Flooding. Scary, right? Although we hope it won't happen to us, anybody could be a disaster victim. And that's why home owners have insurance---to protect the roof over our heads and replace possessions in case the … [Read more...]

Savvy House Hunting: The 3 Secrets To Finding A Home That Will Appreciate

If you're buying a new home, can you predict how well it will appreciate while you live there? Maybe, maybe not. But there are some things to look for in real estate that can help assure a property will appreciate at or above the average market … [Read more...]

So, You Wanna Buy a Duplex? 5 Things to Know About Multi-family Homes

One of the smartest ways to build wealth is by buying real estate (particularly rental properties); just ask Warren Buffett. He was recently quoted as saying he’d buy “a couple hundred thousand single family homes [as an investment]” right now if he c … [Read more...]

What Can You Get for $1 Million or More? 5 Celebrity Listings Active Now

We'll leave celebrity worship to the gossip blogs, but sometimes we can learn a thing or two from people in the public eye -- like when celebs earn tens of millions in their 20s and are bankrupt by 40. For better or worse, many celebs live large, … [Read more...]

The 4 Things You Must Do Before You Apply for a Mortgage

Among the many milestones we use to mark our financial coming of age, few are as exciting as buying a home. I remember signing a raft of papers a few inches thick when my wife and I bought our current home in 2001. The process left me both … [Read more...]

So, You Want to Become a Real Estate Agent? You Must Read This First

If you've been considering a new career or starting a side hustle to earn extra money, perhaps you've thought about becoming a real estate agent. Being a Realtor is great if you like houses and enjoy working with people, but it's not always the … [Read more...]

Before You Move, Consider This: Where You Choose to Live Has a Surprising Impact on How Rich You Feel

Over the summer, I traveled to Bend, Ore. with my wife and kids to scout it out as a possible place to live. I had lots of good reasons for doing this, starting with the weather: In Chicago, we’re slogging through another horrid winter. Bend, by c … [Read more...]

FHA Mortgage Loans: A Good Idea For First-Time Buyers?

FHA mortgage loans are mortgages that are guaranteed by the U.S. Government's Federal Housing Administration. Thanks to this guarantee, FHA mortgage loans are often available to home buyers who do not qualify for "traditional" … [Read more...]