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Homeownership: the American dream

The American dream is the idea that in America, if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. If part of that dream for you is to own your own home, stop dreaming and start doing. Bankrate.com has these steps to make your dream a reality.

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Home buying 101

Escrow? Jumbo loan? PMI? Before your head is swimming with these house-buying terms, get a quick vocabulary lesson in some real estate and mortgage terms.

 
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Checking your credit report
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