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Mortgage Rates Rising Off Freddie Mac’s 3.47% Print

Freddie Mac reports a national average rate of 3.47%. Why rates are actually higher today, plus what to expect in coming weeks.

Dos And Don’ts For Boosting Home Equity

Increasing Home Equity: Top 7 Home Improvement Tips To add maximum home equity when you renovate, start by choosing the right projects.

Today’s Mortgage Rates Analysis

Current mortgage rates and mortgage market movement. Today's mortgage rates and mortgage news. Live rate quotes available. News and data provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.

How Much Home Can You Afford?

There are 2 widely-accepted ways you can calculate your maximum home purchase price. What you should know about both methods, plus live mortgage rates at ultra-low levels.

5 Mortgage Calculator Features You Are Not Using, But Should

A mortgage calculator should let you determine much more than a monthly payment. Look at all affordability factors with these little-known features.

Staging Your Home Helps It Sell 73% Faster, On Average

Selling your home? Make sure you stage it for sale. Staged homes sell 73% faster than non-staged homes; and sell at higher prices, too. Here's how to do it.

Buying A House: How To Deal With Tough Competition

Buying a house in a hot market requires a cool head. Consequently, would-be buyers must be prepared to act fast and pursue effective strategies to win their desired dwelling.

FHA Approved Condos And Mortgage Rates For FHA Condos

The latest standards for FHA-approved condos, plus how to apply for an FHA mortgage. Full details on FHA condos, plus a complimentary mortgage rate quote.

Plenty Of Low Downpayment Programs Available To Buyers

In today's market, large downpayments are optional. Here are six popular programs that are helping buyers get into a home with very little upfront expense.

Home Values Continue Impressive 61-Month Climb

Home values are up another 6 percent, spurred by low mortgage rates and high buyer demand. Is it time to enter the market?

How To Compete With International Cash Buyers

First-timers face a new obstacle in their quest for homeownership -- having to compete with cash buyers from other countries. You can win a bidding war against a competitor with cash with these strategies.

Get A VA Mortgage Way Above VA Loan Limits

VA-eligible home buyers shouldn't skip over higher-priced homes to stay within VA loan "limits." There is no actual limit to a VA mortgage.

What Happens To Home Buying Power As Rates Rise?

Home buyers often watch the price of homes, but that's just half the equation. Mortgage rates could affect affordability even more.

With Mortgage Rates In The 3s, It Still Pays To Shop

Mortgage rates are in the 3s, but that doesn't mean you should skip rate shopping. Get an even lower rate with time-proven rate shopping methods.

USDA Home Loans: Zero-Down Mortgages For Rural And Suburban Buyers

USDA home loans for rural home buyers are zero-down mortgages with flexible underwriting. Even buyers who have been turned down for other programs might qualify.

First-Time Home Buyers Guide: Buying With A New Job

As a first-time buyer, you may not have the work experience of a seasoned buyer, but that doesn't have to affect your ability to get mortgage loan-approved.

How To Rush Your Mortgage To The Closing Table

When you close on your mortgage in 30 days or fewer, you can get access to lower mortgage rates than the general population. Here's how to close quickly.

Cancel FHA MIP As Home Values Rise & Mortgage Rates Drop

Home values are heating up, giving FHA homeowners across the country enough equity to cancel their FHA mortgage insurance forever.

How To Buy A Home On $50,000 Per Year

You may be able to buy a home on $50,000 a year with today's low interest rates and special mortgage programs.

What Is A Mortgage Refinance, In Plain English

How to refinance a mortgage, plus explanations of "special" programs such as HARP, FHA Streamline Refinance, VA IRRRL. Get today's rates which are below four percent for many U.S. borrowers.