Money Essentials: Mortgages 101

Home values have plummeted in recent years, making it a good time to buy. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or you've been through the process before, these resources will help you determine if you're making the right move.

Mortgages 101
5 tips for first-time homebuyers
A little preparation can make your homebuying experience more pleasurable and less painful.
Why buy a home?
Your own home can be your greatest asset. Just choose wisely.
3 types of mortgage loans for homebuyers
These days, homebuyers have fewer home loan options. We explain what they are and how they work.
How credit scores impact your mortgage rate
A low credit score results in a high interest rate, which adds up to a ton of money over time.
Finding the best mortgage lender
Scoring the best deal means finding a lender who understands your situation and works for you.
Mortgage toolkit
Use these calculators, work sheets and resources as you prepare for homeownership.

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