Dan Rafter

Dan Rafter, contributor

Dan Rafter has written about mortgage topics for more than 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Washington Post, Wise Bread, the Motley Fool, Fox Business, and more.

Articles by Dan Rafter

- 5 min read

How to avoid making a contingent offer on a home

You don’t always have to sell your house before buying another. Today’s housing and mortgage markets offer options for a relaxed housing transition.

- 6 min read

Buying a house without a lot of cash

Today’s mortgage programs have reduced the amount of money you need to buy a home. Here’s how much you will likely pay in upfront home-buying costs.

- 4 min read

Buying without your credit-challenged spouse

Lenders do not require couples to be on the mortgage together. A spouse with lower credit can be removed from the application to help the other qualify.

- 6 min read

Why You Should Shop Around When You Refinance

Fewer than 25% of mortgage consumers apply with more than one lender. Know these time-proven strategies to find the best loan and rate for you.

- 3 min read

Safely Make A Big Purchase When Buying a House

Making a major purchase can affect your mortgage qualification status. But there are a few smart ways to make big purchases while buying a home.