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What happened to mortgage rates in the past week? Find out why.

100%x200 Interest Rate Round Up

See the latest interest rates on five common consumer banking products from's national survey of large banks and thrifts.

Your mortgage payment

Down payment

Traditionally, lenders demanded 20 percent down. But today, there are more alternatives for potential homebuyers. Read more

© Andy Dean Photography Low-down-payment mortgage types

Your monthly principal and interest charges are determined by the rate and the amount of the loan. And the rate and loan amount, in turn, are affected by several factors.

© mikeledray/ What is mortgage insurance?

Wondering if you need mortgage insurance? Find everything you need to know at

© nito/ What about mortgage points?

There are two different types of points, and knowing the difference will affect your monthly payment and your taxes.

Average rates in Reston-Manassas, VA

Choose a no-closing-cost mortgage?

Assess the pros and cons of a mortgage that rolls your closing costs into the loan.


Closing time

The closing process

This final step toward homeownership is fraught with danger. If you can get through the closing process, the house is yours. Read more

Understanding the closing process

On closing day, you'll officially seal the deal. It's also your opportunity to make any last-minute changes. Read more

The news on escrow accounts

Escrow accounts ensure that the taxes and insurance will be paid, and on time. Read more


Home Equity Loan

Reasons to use home equity: 5 good, 1 bad

Here are one good reason, four OK reasons and one bad reason to use your home equity. Read more

Exploring HELOC

What is a HELOC? Read the most recent HELOC stories at today. Read more