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Home Sweet ... Rental? Why Would-be Buyers Are Scarce

More people would rather lease (for up to 6 years!) than buy starter digs. We look at why homeownership is at a 48-year low.

Mortgage Insurance Rates Take a Big Dip

The FHA is slashing the cost of mortgage insurance to just .85% of a loan's value. Why it's good news for first-time buyers.

The Domino Effect: What's Stunting Student Debtors Now?

Loan-laden grads can't catch a break. Research finds they must earn *this* much more than their debt-free peers to get a mortgage.

Try Before You Buy: I Took a Mortgage Test Run

Before buying her first home, Stephanie simulated the cost of homeownership for three months. Here's why she decided not to buy.

Scared Out of Selling: The New Fear Gripping Homeowners

In some big U.S. cities, people are afraid to sell their homes—even for a stellar price. What's behind the collective hesitation?

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7 Top Mortgage-Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

A home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make. Be sure not to trip over these mortgage-shopping pitfalls.

8 Top Home-Selling Mistakes People Often Make

Want to get as much money as you can for your house? Skip these missteps.

7 Top Home-Buying Mistakes People Often Make

A home is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. Use these tips to be sure it goes off without a hitch.


I Want to Fill Out My FAFSA to Get Student Aid

Think of the FAFSA as your golden ticket to educational opportunity—it's key for you to apply for grants, scholarships and federal loans to help pay for college or graduate school.

I Want to Get a Mortgage

You're ready to buy a home. Find out exactly what steps you need to take to get a mortgage.

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