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Home inspections give buyers peace of mind before closing on a home. Here’s a checklist and tips to help you prep for this process.

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Working with the right real estate agent can give you an enormous advantage as a homebuyer. See the best strategies for how to find a realtor, including key questions to...

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The highest offer doesn’t always win, and there are ways to win against all-cash buyers. Here’s how to win a bidding war on a house to get the home you...

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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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If you’re thinking of buying a house out of state, this article has all the tips and tools you’ll need to complete your out-of-state home purchase remotely.

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Looking for a house that truly fits your needs? Don't rely on a gut feeling. Get tips from a Better Real Estate Agent on how to know if a house...

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about A realtor's guide on finding the perfect home

Each season has its pros and cons: We’ll help you identify your best time of the year to buy a house based on how you prioritize price, choice, and timing....

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We’ll show you how to budget for a mortgage payment so that you can break down your monthly payment, examine your monthly budget, and assess how much you can afford....

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Go from planning to closing with the complete home buying checklist—most of which can now be completed online with the help of Better.

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Online mortgage calculators may not be as reliable as you think. Find out how to get a Better idea of how much house you can really afford.

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about So you’re wondering how much house you can afford

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’ll want to start preparing to take out a mortgage well before you apply. Here’s a guide to getting yourself ready.

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about First-time Homebuyer’s Guide: Preparing for your first mortgage

In his latest post, Better Mortgage Chief Economist explains why falling house prices can be a good thing for homebuyers — and why the rent-price ratio (aka rental yield) is...

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about What’s up with house prices and why rental yields matter

Buying a home with a significant other, family member, or close friend? Here’s how to decide whether or not to include them on the mortgage.

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about Should you add a co-borrower to your mortgage?

Struggling to get your dream home in a competitive market? These tips can help you make an offer that truly stands out to sellers.

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Considering a 5% down payment for your mortgage? We're here to help demystify the low down payment mortgage.

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about When a 3-5% down payment isn't a risk

Learn what mortgage lenders are looking for when evaluating a loan application — and what first-time homebuyers can do to meet their requirements.

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about First-time Homebuyers Guide: How to think like a mortgage lender

There is a range of tax deductions homebuyers or homeowners can use to lower their tax bill. Learn which tax breaks apply to your and what tax forms to use.

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Yes, you can use money in a 401(k) account to buy a house. But should you? Learn whether it makes sense to use your 401(k) for a down payment and...

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Try this interactive amortization calculator to find the amortization schedule for any fixed-rate mortgage.

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Can you still buy a home if you have student loan debt? Turns out you have some options. Here’s what you should know about getting a mortgage.

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