Understand these expenses before you close the deal. Shelling out the dough for your house’s down payment was probably the biggest hit your bank account has ever taken, and the account depletion can leave you a little shaken — not to mention ready to start saving again. But your down payment was far from the…

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Homeownership should make you feel safe and secure, and that includes financially. Be sure you can afford your home by calculating how much of a mortgage you can safely fit into your budget. Instead of just taking out the biggest mortgage a lender qualifies you to borrow, consider how much you want to pay each…

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Buying a home can be exciting, overwhelming, and fatiguing all at the same time. With a sizable investment at stake, volumes of information to digest, and emotional decisions to make, the buying process can quickly go from enjoyable to drudgery.  And this is the point at which buyers start taking shortcuts “just to get it…

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