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Finance tips for buying a condo

Buying a condo is similar to purchasing a single family home. You may finance with a mortgage. Before purchasing, be sure to check out the details of your condo homeowner association. Include the costs of the monthly maintenance fee in your budget considerations.

Before you shop ...
Three questions to ask before buying a condo

Here's what the experts think you should know.

Inside scoop on condos and co-ops

What's the difference?

10 biggest home buying mistakes

Don't fall in these traps.

How much home can you afford?

You might be surprised.

How to read and understand your credit report
Good credit is your key to getting a good rate.
Plus: 5 ways to improve your credit
Found the one ...
Hiring a home inspector
Here's what you need to know to make a wise choice.
Plus: Home inspection: the hidden horrors
What is a down payment?

It could be your biggest obstacle.
Plus: Buying a home without a down payment
PMI: What it is and how to work around it

Lease options offer an alternative

Are you unable to commit to a purchase?

Your new mortgage ...
How a mortgage works

This is your guide to understanding the key elements.

Avoiding common rate-lock mistakes

Get everything in writing.

What is a good faith estimate?

Here's what your lender owes you.
Plus: When good faith estimates go bad

Preventing closing day disasters

These tips keep mortgage surprises at bay.

Which is better for you: adjustable or fixed?

Here's what these two basic mortgage types will mean to you.

Other types of mortgages

We have everything from jumbo to seller financing.

6 ways to slash mortgage costs

Here's how to keep the most expensive move you'll make as inexpensive as possible.

-- Posted: July 2, 2003



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