Tim Lucas spent 11 years in the mortgage industry before moving into the world of digital media. He's helped thousands of families buy and refinance real estate at banks and mortgage companies and now continues that mission through industry-leading content. Tim has been featured in national publications such as Time, U.S. News and World Report, MSN, Scotsman Guide, and more.
Learn how many houses you should look at before making an offer to be sure you found the best value on your new home.
Average down payments aren't as big as you think. Most home buyers only put down about 5%. Find out the right down payment level for you.
Should you get pre-qualified or pre-approved before you shop for homes? Learn about pre-qualification versus pre-approval here.
You don't need great credit to buy a house. In fact, credit scores of just 580-620 can often qualify for a mortgage.
Condo vs. house: Which is better? Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Learn more about both options here.
Here's how to find out how much mortgage you can qualify for. Use our simple calculators to estimate your budget.
Should you buy or rent? It's not an easy decision, but one that you can make if you take a look at your situation.
The first step to buying a home isn't all that exciting, but hugely important. Surprisingly, some new home buyers skip it, and are fairly disappointed later. Find out the home buyer's first step -- and save some headache later.
See how much you can afford by home price, monthly payment, or income
Determine your payment, including FHA-specific mortgage insurance and fees
Former or current members of the military have access to reduced costs and rates
The USDA provides a zero-down loan for homes outside major metros
Easily find down payment requirements for popular loan programs
Find out if your income level is eligible for this zero-down home loan