Buying a home | Homebuying 101
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How to prequalify for a mortgage
Prequalifying can save every homebuyer a lot of time and show a seller you're in a financial position to purchase a home.
Ways to get assistance with your down payment
If you dream of owning a house but can’t afford the down payment needed to get a home loan, you’ll be happy to know there are state and local assistance programs to help make homeownership a reality for you. A large number of grants and loans are available to help cover down payments and closing costs for first-time homebuyers across the country. Learn more about them as you take your first steps in the exciting journey to homeownership.
10 tips for first-time homebuyers
Buying a home for the first time is a new experiences. Read our top 10 first-time home-buyer tips to help guide you through the process.
What to consider before investing in a foreclosed home
Foreclosed homes are often priced lower than comparable houses but may include other risks. Learn the pros and cons of buying a foreclosed home.
Potential tax benefits
As a homeowner you may qualify for potential tax benefits such as mortgage points and interest deductions. Talk to your tax advisor to find out how to file.
Applying for a mortgage when you're self-employed
This article looks at why it may be more challenging to get a mortgage when you're self-employed, and how you can maximize your chance of getting a home mortgage.
What to expect from your real estate agent
Real estate agents can help you navigate the entire process of buying a home. Learn what to expect from your agent.
Benefits of buying a house vs. renting an apartment
Deciding to buy a house vs rent an apartment should be based on costs, lifestyle and location. Explore the pros and cons of each.
The best times to close on a house
Closing on a house can impact your closing costs and monthly mortgage payments. Find out the best time to close on your home.