How much home can you afford to buy?

Owning a home is often cheaper than renting a comparable one, but figuring out just how much home you can afford isn’t always easy. While rents are priced in simple monthly amounts, home prices need to be broken down into upfront and monthly payments. So how much home can you afford to buy? Here are ...

5 things to do before you start shopping for a home

If you’ve decided to buy a home, it’s tempting to jump right into your home search. However, rushing into home shopping before you’ve laid the proper groundwork can lead to mistakes, frustrations and expenses down the road. To give yourself a better chance for a smooth, affordable and stress-free home purchase, you need to prepare ...

What rising mortgage rates mean for you

Mortgage rates have been making a move. After a period of record lows that roughly spanned the previous two years, rates have been on their way up in 2022. The U.S. central bank has announced its intention to fight inflation with higher interest rates, which means mortgage rates seem poised to continue their rise. If ...

Why online home value estimators aren’t reliable

Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or refinance a home or are simply curious about its value, online home value estimators are popular tools. Also known as automated valuation models (AVMs), they include services such as Zillow Zestimate and Redfin Estimate. AVMs work by using available data about a property to calculate a home value ...

4 ways homebuyers can solve appraisal gaps

Before you can get a mortgage to buy a home, your lender’s appraiser typically must agree that the home is worth at least as much as the sales price. If the home appraisal value comes up short, a situation called an appraisal gap is created, and you won’t be able to secure your loan for ...

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