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Getting your mortgage docs in a row

Before you can close on a home or refinance a property, an underwriter will need to verify your income, debts, and assets. See what docs they need and why.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The LGBTQ+ homeownership story in numbers

The fight against LGBTQ+ housing discrimination has turned a corner. Learn your rights with the Better.com infographic on LGBTQ+ homeownership.

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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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10 of the most affordable cities in the US for homebuyers

Considering an out-of-state move? Don’t overlook these cities with lower costs of living and affordable homebuying options.

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Buying a house without a Realtor

See what you’ll miss if you buy a house without an agent, when DIY can work for you, and everything you need to know about how to buy a house...

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How your credit score affects your mortgage

Can you qualify for a mortgage? You might want to check your credit score. Learn how lenders handle your credit score and how you can improve it.

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How to pick a Realtor

Your realtor is a crucial part of your homebuying experience. Find out what they can do for you and how to choose yours.

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Benefits of buying a house online

From instant pre-approval letters to eliminating unnecessary costs, here’s how digital lenders make homebuying more convenient, transparent, and speedy.

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You could reduce your monthly costs with RefiNow™

Low-income homeowners who were previously denied a mortgage refinance may now qualify through RefiNow™. You may save up to $3k/yr by lowering your monthly costs.

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How does buying a house affect taxes

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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