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Getting Home: The Gallaghers

They didn’t think homeownership was in the cards. Now they’re living a life of leisure in Florida.

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What is a good debt to income ratio?

Learn all about what a debt to income ratio (DTI) is, what your DTI should be, and why it matters when taking out a home mortgage.

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How to get an offer accepted in today’s market

Inventory is starting to rise, but prices and competition are still hot. Homebuyers are finding new ways to make their offer the best it can be.

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Appraisal contingency: Add it or waive it?

An appraisal contingency helps prevent homebuyers from overpaying, but sometimes they cause offers to be rejected. Learn when to add it, when to waive it.

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FHA loan requirements: A guide to understanding what it takes to qualify

A guide to breaking down the federal and lender-specific requirements to qualify for an FHA loan and determining if this lending option is a good fit for you.

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The FHFA is cancelling their refinance fee

A pandemic-related fee on refinances is being pulled back, and lenders like Better Mortgage are passing those savings onto homeowners.

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What is an FHA loan?

Here’s an intro to how FHA loans work, how to qualify, and which types of borrowers might be a good match for this type of mortgage.

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Points, credits, and how to decide if they’re right for you

When looking at a mortgage, paying points means paying more upfront for a lower interest rate. On the other hand, getting credits means paying less at closing in exchange for...

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8 steps to buying a house

Buying a home is an exciting experience, especially of you are a first-time homebuyer. Allow this handy infographic to guide you along the steps to buying a house.

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As real estate prices peak, caution homebuyers against bidding too high

Buyers bidding this summer will deal with high seller expectations, competitive offers, and appraisal gaps; pausing the search may help avoid burnout for some.

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New low rates could help 13M homeowners save

A recent rate dip could save homeowners $300 a month on average. But acting quickly is key, as rates are expected to rise by the end of the year.

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Should I rent or buy a house?

Tips for comparing the affordability of renting and buying a home, and deciding which one might be right for you.

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Where to find affordable homes as prices rise

With home prices rising in major cities, shoppers who cast a wider net in their search may have a better chance at locking in a lower-than-average price.

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Self-employed? Here’s how to get a mortgage

Here’s what our underwriters take into consideration when reviewing applications from self-employed borrowers.

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New policies could make mortgages easier to get

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is changing hands in the coming months, and it could bring more savings and loan options to buyers and homeowners alike.

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Why I Started Better Mortgage

Most founders have a story they pitch when asked about what their company does — something that ties their overall vision to an existing problem. But mine is pretty straightforward. In fact,...

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How to decide where to buy a house

Choosing the right neighborhood is one of the most important (and difficult) parts of buying a house. Here are some tips to help you make that decision.

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What is a mortgage

There is more to a mortgage than meets the eye. Here’s what a mortgage really is, how it works, and the different options available.

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Rates are low but could spike soon

Mortgage rates remain near historic lows, but a decision from the Federal Reserve could lead the market to drive them higher in the next few months.

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Buying a home in New Jersey

Discover the best places to live in New Jersey, what’s unique about the real estate market, how to find a New Jersey Realtor, plus 7 steps to buy a home.

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