18 Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

There are many reasons to refinance your mortgage, some obvious and some a bit more obscure and/or different. I figured I’d compile a list of the many reasons I can think of to refinance. Some of the situations are complete opposites of one another and will depend on your unique financial goals and/or risk appetite. [&hellip

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Why You May Want to Switch Mortgage Companies

Loyalty? Not in the mortgage business. That is, if you actually want to save money on your home loan. A few years back, an HSBC survey revealed that 52% of U.S. homeowners “switched providers” (sorry, they’re British) when obtaining subsequent mortgages. This was mainly driven (53%) by the desire to get a better deal, aka [&hellip

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Finding a Home: Tips for LGBTQ+ Buyers

For the LGBTQ+ community, the experience of finding and buying a home has been changing for the better, but buyers do still face some challenges. These home-buying tips can help make your path to homeownership more fair and equitable. Understand your rights Zillow believes you have the right to buy a home free from discrimination. […]

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What to do when you have problem neighbors

Figuring out how to deal with bad neighbors can be a major struggle. There’s nothing worse than buying a house and then realizing you have nightmare neighbors. But you don’t just have to grin and bear your neighbors’ undesirable behavior or tension on the block. With the right approach, you can turn it into an opportunity to […]

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Why Do Mortgage Companies Want You to Refinance So Badly?

If you already have a mortgage, there’s a good chance you receive junk mail on a regular basis urging you to refinance. You may receive solicitations from both your current bank/loan servicer and from a competing lender or mortgage broker looking to acquire your business. But why do they want you to refinance your mortgage [&hellip

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What to Look for When Buying a House

In this article: What are the top features buyers look for in a home? 1. Search for the right price 2. Prioritize the location 3. Think long term 4. Assess property condition 5. Don’t focus on minor cosmetic details 6. Stick with your must-haves Starting a home search can feel a little like wandering into […]

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Wine Country towns you can actually afford

You love​ the Napa lifestyle. The Napa prices? Not so much. If your budget is more “house blend” than “rare vintage,” you might assume that you’re priced out of a life among the vineyards. Not so. We found four wine country towns where you can sip local vino on your patio without dropping a fortune on […]

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