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Resolution Time! 3 Ways to Save More Money

December 24, 2012

New Year’s resolutions: Every year we make them, and every year most of us are lucky to keep them till February. Why? Because breaking bad habits is hard, and it only gets harder as time goes by and our motivation fades. But, there’s good news! If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, there are three simple ways to set yourself up for success—with virtually no willpower required. Separate your savings. Setting up an interest-bearing savings account will serve two purposes. First, obviously, it…

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Buying a House After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale

July 24, 2012

If you’ve been through a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans have been in your shoes, and many have moved on to become homeowners again. You can, too. Buying a home may be a little more challenging this time, but it can still be a part of your family’s future. In fact, you could be a homeowner again sooner than you think. Typical waiting periods After a major credit event, you may have to wait to apply for a new…

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First-time Homebuyer Tips and Advice

April 9, 2012

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. For some, it’s a dream come true and a proud personal achievement; for others, it’s a promise for their family’s future. Like any life-altering event, though, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How should you finance? What can you afford? The real estate jargon alone can be daunting for a first-time home buyer. Relax. We’re here to help you cut through the confusion so you can make informed, confident choices. The more you know, the…

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3 Ways to Make Today’s Interest Rates Work for You

November 2, 2011

1: Take advantage of lower monthly payments. If you’re considering buying a new home in the coming months, there’s one benefit to today’s low rates that can’t be ignored: lower monthly mortgage payments. To help show you the significance of current rates, let’s look at an example. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in September 2002 had a 6.26% interest rate (HSH.com). Nine years later, in September of this year, the average 30-year fixed rate was at 4.09%. CNN reported that, according to mortgage giant Freddie…

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