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A Guide to Mortgage Costs

Submitted by Kimberly J. Howard on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

Taking out a mortgage is a costly enterprise, with fees you probably don’t expect. It pays to know what you are in for when applying. Since the housing bust, many lenders tightened their standards, which means more hurdles for you.

Better to Buy or Rent?

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

Spring – a time for fresh starts and, for some, a new home. Before you head out to open houses, your first question should be: Should I own a home at this time? Your second: Or should I remain a renter?

Should You Refinance?

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Interest rates on home loans are historically low. That means now is the time to dig out your mortgage loan paperwork and consider whether refinancing is right for you.

Real Estate’s Bum Rap

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9:00am

What’s the best way to hold commercial real estate in a retirement portfolio? For many investors, the answer seems to be “not at all.” The reason is that real estate investments have burned people in the past and that stocks get more attention. That’s too bad.

Tasks Before Wintering South

Submitted by Tom Orecchio on Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

The weather is starting to get chilly (if not downright cold) and you already have packed your bags to head south for the winter. Before you surrender to daydreams of sandals and shorts on New Year’s Day, here are a few smart tips to safeguard yourself and your property, if you plan to be away from your primary residence for the winter.

Pay Extra on Mortgage: Why?

Submitted by Larry Frank on Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Conventional wisdom says that making extra payments toward your mortgage saves interest. True, but that’s not all. Increasing your mortgage payment also means larger equity value and more money in your pocket when you’re older.

Owning a Second Home

Submitted by Heidi Clute on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 3:00pm

Daydreaming of owning a second, seasonal home? A mountainside vacation house with a fireplace or two? Sounds enticing, but fulfilling this dream takes attention to detail and a firm vision of your long-term goals.

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