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Where To Begin: When You Want To Stop Renting & Start Owning

Should I Buy Or Should I Rent? With current interest rates near six-month lows and rising rents in many U.S. cities, the math of “Should I Buy Or Should I Rent?” is changing. Demand for newly-built homes is its highest

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FHA Mortgages Don’t Require A 20% Down Payment

The FHA Doesn’t Require 20% Down You don’t need 20% down to buy a home and, as a home buyer, your financing options may be more numerous than you thought. Sure, more than half of all home buyers use conforming

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7 Mortgage Loans For Today’s Low- And No-Downpayment Buyers (Updated For 2015)

You Don’t Need A 20% Down Payment Housing is on the mend. Since the start of 2012, home values are up nearly thirty percent nationwide. Unfortunately, rents are rising just as fast. In many U.S. markets, it’s more economical to

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Win $25,000 Toward a Down Payment on a New House

Zillow and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” want to help you find your way home. Starting April 30th, Zillow and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” are teaming up to offer a lucky winner the chance to put $25,000 down on a new

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3% DOWN: A NEW MORTGAGE PROGRAM FOR 2015

3% DOWN: A NEW MORTGAGE PROGRAM FOR 2015 There’s a new low-downpayment mortgage option available to today’s home buyers; and a lower-equity refinance available to refinancing households. The program, which is available via Fannie Mae today, is not formally named. It’s

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VIRGINIA: First-Time Homebuyer Savings Plans Pass Senate, Expected to Become Law

Our signature legislation for the 2014 session (which had passed the House of Delegates 99-0 on February 11), passed the Senate 39-1 and will go to Governor McAuliffe for his signature. It was a close call after some members of

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FHA LOAN Minimum Credit Score Requirements Drop 40 Points; Guidelines Loosen Nationwide

It’s getting easier for home buyers to get approved for an FHA-backed home loan. At least one major lender has announced that it will approve FHA mortgage applications for borrowers with credit scores of 600 or better, a 40-point buffer

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