Rookie Mistakes: Don’t Make These 4 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Buying your first home is exciting. Many young people view homeownership as the definitive mark of adulthood, the final milestone on a decades-long journey. And while becoming a homeowner is cause for celebration, you'll want to ensure you keep your enthusiasm in check just a little while longer. Keep a level head and you'll easily avoid these common mistakes first-time buyers make.

Case-Shiller Report Shows Home Prices Rose in January

Home prices were 5.70 percent higher year-over-year in January according to S&P Case-Shiller's 20-City Home Price Index. Top year-over-year gains were posted by Portland, Oregon at 11.80 percent, San Francisco, California at 10.80 percent and Seattle Washington posted a year-over-year gain of 10.70 percent.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 28, 2016

New home rose in February according to the Commerce Department. Based on a revised reading of 502,000 new home sales in January, February's reading was 2.00 percent higher than January's reading, but was 6.10 percent lower than for February 2015. Builders have held back on increasing construction due to concerns about ups and downs in the economic recovery. Short supplies of labor and available land have also kept home builders from meeting current demand.

How the Truth in Lending Act Protects You When You Take Out a Mortgage

If you're planning to get a mortgage, it's critical that you know your rights under the law. The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) is a piece of federal legislation that governs how mortgage lenders can and cannot operate their businesses. So how does the Truth in Lending Act protect you, and what are your rights under this legislation? Here's what you need to know.

5 Steps Towards a Better Credit Score You Can Take Today

When it comes to finding the best mortgage, your credit score is a major determinant as to the kinds of rates and conditions you can get. Lenders quite understandably want to manage their risk. But for a number of potential homeowners, these practices and policies can be a barrier to home ownership. The good news? If your credit score isn't great, you can easily improve it and get better lending terms. Here are five steps you can take right now to give your credit a boost.

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