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Buying a Home

Happy Homeowner, Happy Life

Buying a house is one of the biggest steps you can take in your life. But it’s...

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Collateral

Give and Take

Collateral is something that a borrower pledges to a lender to secure certain types of loans. If...

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Rent vs. Buy

Where the Heart Is

The choice between renting or buying a home may be one of the biggest decisions you make...

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Foreclosure

Bottom Dollar

Foreclosure is a legal process that lets a lender seize possession of a house or other real...

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Reverse Mortgage

Can’t Take it With You

A reverse mortgage is exactly what it sounds like: instead of paying down a mortgage balance every...

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Equity

Own It

Equity is ownership. You can have equity—or an ownership stake—in any asset, meaning anything of value.

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Refinancing

Cash in Your Chips

Refinancing is getting a new loan to replace an old one. Borrowers usually refinance in order to...

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Escrow

In Good Hands

Escrow is an arrangement in which a trusted third party temporarily holds onto some kind of asset,...

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Building Credit

Bit by Bit

Credit is money that’s available to you to borrow whether through a credit card, mortgage, car loan,...

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Appraisal

For All it’s Worth

An appraisal is an estimate of how much something is worth. People may get appraisals for real...

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Mortgages

Home Sweet Home

A mortgage is a type of loan that people use to help them buy a house or...

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Real Estate

Location, Location, Location

Buying real estate—whether on your own or by pooling your resources with other investors—is one possible way...

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