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    Down Payment Requirements on Rental Property: What You Need to Know
    Before the housing meltdown in the early part of the century, rental houses were a solid source of income for both house-flippers and middle-class Americans who could afford a second mortgage payment....Read More
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    4 Things to Know Before Shopping for a Mortgage
    Before shopping for a mortgage, there are a few things to know that can help with finding your best loan option and improve your chances for loan approval:Request and review credit reports and scores....Read More
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    Borrowing your down payment
    It may be the biggest hurdle homebuyers face: how do I come up with the money for a down payment? While saving up for your down payment is the ideal approach (well, having a rich uncle give you the money...Read More
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    How to Buy a Beach House
    In the gloom of winter, many Americans have fanciful daydreams about buying a second home on a nice sandy beach where the sun glitters off the waves and seabirds circle in the blue skies above. But there's...Read More
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    The Benefits of Having a Long Mortgage
    You may think that having a long mortgage is like having a long toothache: better avoided when possible. But there are circumstances within which a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) can be a smarter choice...Read More
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    Will Mortgage Protection Insurance Benefit You?
    What is mortgage protection insurance? So many financial products contain the words "mortgage" and "insurance" in their names that it's hard to tell them apart. For example, there's private mortgage insurance...Read More
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    How to Finance a Duplex
    The major benefit of purchasing a duplex or multi-unit home is that the owner can create an income stream from a rental unit. Some owners benefit from tax deductions and appreciation. There are two basic...Read More
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    Checklist for First-Time Home Buyers
    There are many details involved in buying a home, and the process can be intimidating to first-time home buyers. However, if you take your time and look at those details as a series of distinct steps you...Read More
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    How Much Shopping Around for a Mortgage Can Save You
    You'd think that saving money on your mortgage would be a no-brainer. With potential savings running into thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a loan, doesn't everyone shop...Read More
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