Mortgage Guides

Comparing mortgage quotes: understanding mortgage closing costs

Mortgage quotes include estimated closing costs. Closing costs contribute to the total cost of a refinance or mortgage loan. Here's an explanation of typical closing costs.

Buying a foreclosed home: Don't get ripped off

HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can offer home buyers good deals on foreclosed homes and condos. These properties are typically sold as-is, but sellers may provide special financing and incentives to those who convert these empty nuisances to occupied homes.

Tailoring your loan term

If you are considering a home refinance but are not interested in extending your loan another 30 years, you may be surprised to find how many mortgage term options you have.

Buying a home with seller financing

Conventional mortgage lenders and federal mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac impose strict mortgage qualification standards that can be difficult to meet in today's economy. Would-be homebuyers who don't meet traditinoal mortgage lender...

Refinancing? Tips for making your best deal

Homeowners fortunate enough to qualify for refinancing are taking advantage of rock-bottom mortgage rates. Here's how to lower refinance costs and find your best mortgage refinance loan.

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