The first question most new homebuyers ask is: How much money do I need to buy a house? The answer varies depending on the price of the house, the size of your down payment, the kind of mortgage you choose, and the closing costs that come with your ... read more
Robyn Murray is a freelance editor and writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. She has reported for National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation, WNYC and WBUR. Her print work has appeared in USA Today and Business Day in Johannesburg, South Africa. Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and her master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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Mortgage points are a way to lock in a lower interest rate during the homebuying process and pay less on your loan over time. You can use this handy guide to understand exactly what are mortgage points, how they’re calculated, and to gauge whether... read more
When taking out a new home loan, compare your options on a 15- vs. 30-year mortgage term to find the best choice for you. Depending on which loan you choose, your monthly payment and interest rate may change. So, which is better? Here’s a look at ... read more
Refinancing a rental property requires jumping through a few more hoops than you would with a regular refi, but it can be a wise choice for some investment property owners. Refinancing a rental home can lower your monthly payment, free up cash flo... read more
Your credit score affects the mortgage rates you’ll be eligible for as you’re shopping for a home. Those three digits can have a big impact on the amount of money you’ll pay, not only each month but over the life of your home loan. Calculated ... read more
Are you wondering, should I pay off my mortgage early? Depending on the loan you choose, it can take decades to pay off a home mortgage debt. But if you later discover you have some extra wiggle room in your budget, paying off your mortgage early ca... read more
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