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  • There are Two Categories of Mortgages: Governmental loans are mortgage programs sponsored by a government agency. These include the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Veteran’s Administration…   Read the Article

  • A mortgage is a loan. It's made up of the principal (the amount of the loan) plus the interest (money paid to the lender for the privilege of borrowing their money). Here's a shocking mortgage…   Read the Article

  • Due to the frightening house market in California, we agreed to allow our real estate agent to "double agent" --- that is, to represent the buyer as well as us, the seller. After having our house on…   Read the Article

  • The truth is, unless you’re a real estate or mortgage professional, or you buy a house or two every month, you probably aren’t completely on top of the game just because you’ve played it before. You…   Read the Article

  • As a homeowner, each month you’ll pay what feels like a punishing sum. Understanding the basic mechanics of the mortgage payment will help. Let's break it down: Principal. This is an actual bit of…   Read the Article

  • There are hundreds of mortgage products out there, so be sure to find the right one for your needs. Before you approach any lenders, figure out your financial strategy. Ask yourself these…   Read the Article

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    When shopping for a second home, take your time. Be patient. Weigh the pros and cons of each place.Ask yourself:How often will you visit and how much time will you spend there? Is it worth the…   Read the Article

  • There's no place like home, unless you have a mortgage with ridiculous terms that make paying it painful. Here's a recipe for unhappy homeownership:Get a mortgage with an exceedingly high interest…   Read the Article

  • Sure, owning a home is the American dream. It's also the largest investment most of us will ever make, so go into it knowing what is and isn't required.HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:Enough money to make…   Read the Article

  • Loan trouble may start with one missed mortgage payment, but it can spiral out of control. As bills stack up, how do you cope? Do you stop eating out and drop cable TV? Do you put off car payments to…   Read the Article

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