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What is Private Mortgage Insurance?

2/16/2019

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is a type of mortgage insurance that is required for conventional home loan borrowers who make a down payment of less than 20 percent of a home’s purchase price.

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Buying a Home - A Step-by-Step Overview

2/15/2019

If you’re like most people, buying a home represents your single biggest investment – and debt. As such, the home-buying process can be one of the most exciting and one of the most stressful experiences you’ll ever go through. This may be true whether you’ve bought many homes or you’re looking to buy your first.

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First-Time Buyers Earn $30,000 More Than Their Peers Who Didn't Buy a Home, Zillow Finds

2/15/2019

For buyers entering the housing market for the first time, the median household income isn't enough.

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Share of Homes Sold Above Asking Price Hits Two Year Low

2/15/2019

The share of homes sold above asking price declined each month in the second half of 2018 – and December saw the biggest month-over-month drop since at least 2012 – another sign of the slowing housing market, according to online real estate company Zillow.

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What it takes to Get a Mortgage

2/15/2019

There’s new data showing what level of credit score you need to have to qualify for the best deals on mortgages, which is especially relevant now that interest rates are rising.

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Price Cuts on New Construction Homes Becoming More Common, Zillow Finds

2/15/2019

Home shoppers may be able to find a better deal on a new construction home than they could a year ago. A new analysis from online real estate company Zillow finds that price cuts were more common in the fourth quarter of 2018 than in the first quarter.

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Renters Typically Spend More for a Studio Apartment than a One-Bedroom Rental

2/15/2019

Renting a typical studio apartment costs more each month than renting a typical one-bedroom home or apartment, according to a new analysis from apartment and home search platform HotPads.

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Home Value Appreciation Slowed in Most Major U.S. Markets

2/15/2019

Annual home value growth slowed in more than half of the nation's largest housing markets since this time last year, according to the December Zillow Real Estate Market Report.

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Things to Know Before Refinancing your Home

2/15/2019

If you’re a homeowner thinking about refinancing your existing mortgage, now remains a good time to do so. While interest rates continue to rise, they remain lower than they were a decade ago, providing you with the opportunity to refinance and lower your monthly mortgage payments.

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