How can I pay for a home renovation?

Learn what financing options are available before undertaking a home project with a big price tag.


Quick guide to financing home improvements

If you decide to finance a home improvement, you may have lots of options. Let’s break it down.


Your guideline for home renovation spending

Calculating your home improvement budget? It could be easier than you think. Follow these tips.


Should you take on that home improvement project?

Upgrading your home is exciting and can improve the quality of your home life-- but is it always worth the price tag?


Ready to buy a home? Do this first

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting and fulfilling processes in life. But it can also be stressful. To make the process as seamless...


Have student loans? 3 steps to prep for home buying

Even with heavy student loans, becoming a homeowner is possible.


2 steps to start your mortgage pre-approval process

Getting pre-approved is one of the best steps you can take to improve your odds of securing the home you want.


4 costs that surprise many first-time homebuyers

Make sure your bank account is ready for costs beyond the purchase price.


What does a pre-approval letter tell you?

A pre-approval letter can give your offer a little extra leverage and you a bit more confidence.


Rent or buy: Decisions, oh my

Questions to ask yourself before buying a home.


Home, sweet home

Homeownership is within reach for this influencer because of the financial goals she set.


5 red flags that your dream home could mean money nightmares

How to spot money pit homes that need serious work.


Download: The 360-degree guide to buying a home

Understand the home buying process from the beginning to end.


6 things that can go wrong at closing

Closing day can be derailed by anything from loan term changes to document inconsistencies. Here’s how to prepare.

Game Plan

Top tips to negotiate on your dream home

Five winning negotiation strategies for home buyers.


5 things you need to help get approved for a loan

Make sure you’re organized before applying for financing.


Homeownership: One young couple’s commitment to getting...

This cosmopolitan couple is ready for levels, a yard and financial confidence.


3 ways to manage your debt and still buy a home

Debt doesn’t have to keep you from homeownership—follow these tips.


APR vs. Interest Rate: Why it pays to know the difference

Both numbers are important to consider, and here’s how to understand what each means.


3 Signs of a top-notch mortgage lender

Have you been shopping on rates alone? You also want to make sure you have a helpful lender by your side.


When is the right time to refinance?

Understand how interest rates—and your big-picture goals—can play a role.


5 times to consider refinancing your mortgage

Renovations, marriage, new financial goals: There are several reasons to consider refinancing that have little to do with today’s interest rates.


Can a pre-approval letter help you negotiate?

Not only does a pre-approval letter help you finalize your home buying budget, it can also be a key variable in today’s competitive market.


What are mortgage points and should you pay them?

Points are additional funds you can pay at closing to lower your interest rate. But does this strategy always make sense?


What the tax changes mean for the homeownership game

Looking to buy, sell or stay in your home? Here’s how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may affect your tax returns next year.


What's a HELOC?

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) lets you tap into the equity in your home and borrow against it for things like home improvements or other...


Doorbells before wedding bells: Millennials are buying...

While the adage, “first comes love, then comes marriage,” may ring true, for many millennials, “first comes home, then comes marriage.”

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