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Archive for: Real Estate & Renting

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

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Cost of living matters: a six-figure salary in San Francisco might not make up for the fact you can only buy a walk-in closet for less than half a million. Before you move to a new city, here are seven financial factors to consider.

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

FHA loans are designed to low to moderate income home-buyers afford a house with more lenient credit score requirements and a low down payment. The pros and cons of using an FHA loan to buy your first house.

Building Your Dream Home Sounds Sooo Romantic, But…

Building your dream home may not be as dreamy as you thiknk.

Building your dream home is a lifelong aspiration for many, but the process itself isn’t all that dreamy. Here are six pains to the new home construction process (and herding a dozen different contractors is only the beginning).

How to Sell Your Home When You Might (Barely) Break Even

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Appreciation is nice, but sometimes you just need to get rid of your house. Here’s how to sell your home to break even after factoring all potential costs.

How To Qualify For An FHA Loan

FHA loans help you buy a home with limited credit or a reduced down payment. Learn how to qualify for an FHA loan and what to expect when you apply.

15-Year Mortgage vs 30-Year Mortgages

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You’ll pay far less interest on a 15-year mortgage, but the bigger payment can mean less financial flexibility. These are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding between a 15-year and 30-year mortgage.

How to Pay Off Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Save $200 a Month

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Though PMI is tax deductible through the end of 2013, most homeowners would rather actually save the money each month than have another write off come tax time.

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? Here’s What to Look For

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With many urban environments pricing themselves beyond the reach of young adults, and quite a few downsides to big city life (from congestion and traffic to outrageous fees, high rents and a dearth of downtown parking), modern suburbs have their attractions.

Military Housing Programs for Servicemembers and their Families

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When you’re serving your country while overseas, the last thing you want to worry about is the risk of your family getting evicted or foreclosed upon. Taking advantage of the best military housing program for your situation can put your mind at ease and your finances on the right track.

The Not-so-empty Nest: Why One in Three Adults Under 35 Live With Their Parents

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The news isn’t all bad, it seems. Young adults living at home may have to restrain their behavior a bit, but they’re also showing adult restraint with finances, at least in terms of what they dish out for rent or a mortgage.