Some of these can be DIY, but even if you have to hire a professional, you should recoup a large percentage of your investment when you sell.
If you're a middle-income buyer who could otherwise afford to buy, you may be able to get help with the down payment. In some cases, you can get a home with no down payment at all.
Once shunned and villainized, adjustable-rate mortgages are now being embraced by some buyers and refinancers. Is it worth the risk?
Welcome to the one insurance policy you can't shop for, don't benefit from, but will have to pay if you don't have a big enough down payment.
Yes, interest rates are rising, and you've almost certainly missed buying at the bottom. But that doesn't mean you should give up on becoming a homeowner.
Call them white-knuckle buyers -- shoppers worried that their chance to own an affordable home is rapidly fading. Real estate agents weigh in with their thoughts.
Interest rates are up well ahead of any action by the Fed. Many experts think the lowest rates in the foreseeable future are the ones we're griping about now.
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