Definitive Step By Step Guides

Whether you're buying a home, refinancing, or investing in real estate, our Guides walk you through the process in chronological order. You'll never have to wonder what's going to happen next in your home finance journey. Simply choose a Guide below and learn as you go!

Buying A Home

Our Guide to Buying a Home explains the home buying process step-by-step, so you always know what to expect. Get answers to all your questions.

Refinancing Your Home

Learn how to refinance your home. This Guide has tips to find the best refinance rates, lower your payment, cash out equity, or pay off your home early.

Mortgage Basics

Getting the right mortgage can save you thousands. Learn about interest rates, loan options, and how to get the best home loan for you.

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates determine your home buying power, monthly payment, and loan costs. Use this Guide to understand today's rates and find the best rate for you.

Types of Home Loans

Learn about the different types of home loans, including conforming, FHA, VA, and USDA. See guidelines and find out which mortgage type is right for you.

First-Time Home Buyer

This step-by-step Guide walks through the process of buying your first home and overcoming common first-time home buyer challenges.

Common Home Buying Hurdles

Here are some of the most common hurdles faced when buying a home, and advice on how to solve them. Learn how to fix credit, income, and debt issues.

Building Good Credit

Learn where your credit score comes from, how to check your credit report, and how to raise your score to get the best mortgage loan and rate.

Owning A Home

There's more to owning a home than just buying it. Learn how to take care of your home and what to expect as a new homeowner.

Investment Properties & Second Homes

There's a learning curve to buying an investment property or second home. This step-by-step guide can help you start investing in real estate like a pro.

Selling A Home

Selling a home isn’t as easy as it sounds. Learn the ins and outs of selling your home and how to make top dollar.

From Renting To Homeownership

Learn the ins and outs of renting a house or apartment. Or follow this step-by-step guide to make the transition from renter to homeowner.

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