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3 questions to ask yourself before buying a home

Buying a home without financial preparation is a risky move. Ask yourself these three questions before buying a home to make sure that you're financially prepared.

New home? How much can you really afford?

Before you attend a single open house or read a single real estate ad, let us help you create a realistic price range.

Rent or buy? We can help

Trying to decide which works best for your budget? Let us run the numbers for you.

How to decide whether to rent or buy your home

Deciding when to rent or buy a house is often a very difficult decision. This article seeks to demystify the dilemma most home owners face: should I rent or buy a house?

8 factors that can influence your mortgage rate

There are a lot of things that can influence your mortgage rate. Read here to learn about these 8 factors.

9 mortgage myths that'll cost you if you aren't careful

There are many common misconceptions about mortgages. This article sheds some light on the often confusing home loan.

3 mortgage rules to live by

Taking out a mortgage on your home is a big financial commitment. This article gives financial tips on mortgages that can help with your home loan.

The 12 key differences between buying and renting a home

Read here for highlights on the key differences between buying a home and renting a home.

5 ways to save a down payment for your first home

Saving for a down payment on a home can seem insurmountable. Read here for tips on how you can save for a down payment to buy your first home.

House hunters: Better leave some time for the hunt

Buying a house can take a lot of time. Here are some tips on how to plan ahead to make sure that your home buying time frame fits your needs.

How we got out of debt and bought a house

Fidelity understands that debt can seem insurmountable, and can keep people from achieving life goals such as buying a home. Read here to learn how one couple got out of debt and bought a house in merely six years.

Buying my first home only took 35 days

Buying a home can be an incredibly lengthy process. This article explores how one first time home buyer bought their first home in only 35 days.

The credit score used by mortgage companies will surprise you

Are you applying for a mortgage? The credit score used by mortgage companies may surprise you.

Personal finance: a 15-year mortgage

Are you considering taking out a mortgage? Read this article to learn about the benefits of a 15-year mortgage plan.

How to find a moving company without blowing your budget

Moving is always a big expense, but finding a reliable moving company doesn't have to be. Read here for tips on finding a moving company without blowing your budget.

To rent or to buy? That is the question

Is buying a home a bad investment or renting a home a waste of money? Learn more about the dynamics between renting and home buying to make a financially sound decision.

5 mortgage rules you should know by heart

Mortgages involve pages and pages of legal documentation that can be nearly impossible for most people to comprehend. Remember these 5 rules.

Delaying your first home purchase? You're not alone

You're not alone if you're young and don't feel ready to buy a house. Learn more about important home-buying advice for first-time buyers.

To buy or rent? Advice from a woman who bought at 21

Here are three reasons why it's better to buy than rent-take it from a woman who bought her first home at 21. Learn more.

7 signs you can't afford to buy a home

If any of these signs strike a chord with you, you may want to delay taking on a mortgage in the near future.

8 ways to increase your credit score to get a better mortgage rate

Your credit report and score are two essential elements that help determine your mortgage rates.

5 signs you're not ready to buy a house

Home owning isn't as easy as it may seem. Consider these 5 signs before you purchase a home.

4 hidden costs of selling your home

Selling a home can be a stressful and surprisingly expensive process. Some costs can be unexpected. Let's go over four of them.

What I learned as a first-time homebuyer

I just bought my first home, and here's the single best piece of advice I can give you.

Long-term tax strategies for student loan borrowers

If you're one of the more than 40 million Americans paying down student loan debt, it's important to understand the tax implications of that debt - not only on the tax return you'll file this year, but in the long run.

The hidden costs of living in the suburbs

While suburban life may seem more economical on the surface, there are several hidden costs involved. Are you spending more money to live in the 'burbs?

When a dream house becomes a money pit

Any buyer knows that a dream home can become a nightmare. But most people don't expect it to happen to them.

12 essential tax questions for homeowners

Here are some commonly asked questions about taxes and homeownership. Knowing these answers will help keep your tax bill as low as possible.

10 things to know about buying a home

Looking to buy a home? Read this article for 10 pieces of information you should know before you buy your dream house

9 hidden costs of buying a home

If you're considering buying a home, be mindful of these extra expenses when establishing your budget.

Buying a house? How much is too much?

Find out how banks determine what you qualify for, and how to determine what your budget should really be.

6 ways not to use your home equity line of credit

Take a look these 6 worst ways to use your home equity line of credit before you write that check.

Rent vs buy

Buying a home is an opportunity to settle down, join a community, and build equity. But when is it better to buy?

Trick your brain to save a down payment

Here are several ways we can trick our brains into saving for a down payment without feeling overwhelmed.

A disconnect in money, logic and emotion

Read this article to discover the ways that money and emotions can sometimes work against each other

How much house can you really afford?

As an aspiring homeowner, there are some things you should know before you start touring houses. Find out how much house you can truly afford.

Mortgage loans: information to know

Understanding the mortgage process can help you set your budget before you start looking for homes.

Split Decisions: Buy a home or rent

Jean Chatzky can help you decide whether you should buy or rent your next home. Watch the video. (2:17)

Are you really ready to buy a house?

Owning a home allows you the ability to build equity. But before you take the leap, ask yourself these questions.

Live small be happy?

Living in a "tiny house" is one unusual way to potentially cut down on expenses. See if this way of life is the right one for you.

What does APR mean?

What's the difference between an annual percentage rate and an interest rate?

What is a credit score?

Your credit score may seem like a mystery to you. Get a breakdown of what factors go into your score and what you can do to improve it.

What is a mortgage?

Getting a mortgage means the difference between living in a rental or a home of your very own. Learn more about how they work.

How to deal with higher rent

You're in love with your apartment, but what do you do when they increase the rent?

3 things to know about mortgages

Before you embark on a house hunt, check out 3 things you should know about mortgages.
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