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Aly J. Yale
- 2 min read

First-time homebuyers: The central U.S. makes it easiest to buy a house

Americans looking to buy a house — and do so affordably — might want to head to inward. According to a new ranking, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Oklahoma City are the best cities for first-time homebuyers, boasting affordable entry-level homes, low down payment averages and not-so-stringent credit score standards.

Erik J. Martin
- 5 min read

What the experts say: Should you become a landlord?

You own a home and have to move. or you see a great deal on a rental. But do you have the experience, money and temperament to deal with tenants? Should you become a landlord?

Tim Lucas
- 9 min read

Avoiding PMI is costing you $13,000 per year

“Experts” tell you to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI). They don’t tell you, though, that you could be leaving five-figure returns on the table.

Gina Pogol
- 3 min read

Mortgage rates: Recognize this mortgage lender sales trick, and don’t fall for it

Yes, there is a series of videos on YouTube instructing mortgage loan officers and brokers on how to limit competition and how to sell higher prices and mortgage rates. And if they are teaching lenders how to foil consumer attempts to get their best deal on a home loan, we thought we’d teach you how to avoid this tactic.

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Mortgage Rates Today February 15, 2019

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bond price drop, and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

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