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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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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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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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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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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 to calculate property tax on a house

Understanding how property taxes work can help you decide which home to buy, what home improvements to make, or uncover tax breaks/credits you could apply for.

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The benefits of working with an online lender

Should you apply for a digital mortgage? Online lenders offer a wide range of benefits for homebuyers and refinancers who are looking to save time and money.

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Fixed-rate vs. adjustable-rate mortgages: What's the difference?

Trying to decide between a fixed-rate mortgage and an adjustable-rate mortgage? Here’s the difference, and how to figure out which home loan is right for you.

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Should you consider refinancing with rising interest rates?

As with all financial decisions, refinancing your mortgage is deeply personal. Rising interest rates should not get in the way of your unique financial goals.

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Is it a good time to refinance?

It is a good time to refinance? Low interest rates can signal opportunities for homeowners, but here’s what else you should take into consideration.

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Can I refinance my mortgage in 3 weeks?

Want to refinance your mortgage fast? This article shares the experiences of two borrowers who closed their loans with Better Mortgage in under 21 days.

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Mortgage advice lenders don’t (usually) tell you

Here we answer the most common mortgage questions for new home loans and refinancing. This is the mortgage advice you need to make the best decision for you.

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What is an escrow account?

Here's a breakdown on the types of escrow accounts used in different parts of the homebuying process, from closing on a loan to paying your monthly mortgage.

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Should I lock my refinance mortgage rate today?

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, locking your interest rate now can help you save money in the long run. Here’s how to decide if you should lock your rate today.

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What to expect for your refinance process timeline

Refinancing can help homeowners save money, but it’s a complicated process. Here’s how it works at Better Mortgage and what you can expect from start to finish.

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Title and settlement services: A step-by-step walkthrough

A title company ensures your legal ownership of your home before you can buy or refinance. Find out what to expect from the title and settlement services process.

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10 factors that impact your home property value

A home’s value is important when buying, selling, or refinancing. Learn why it matters and 10 factors that have a significant impact on how much a home’s worth.

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