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How to compare lenders and their mortgage offerings

Here are four of the questions you should be asking a potential mortgage lender to see if they might be the right one for you.

Ways to potentially pay down your mortgage faster

Making extra payments on your mortgage may help you reduce the amount of interest you pay over time.

What to do if you get turned down for a loan

Don't let this setback deter you from your goal of owning a home.

Know your borrowing power

A snapshot of your finances can help you determine your ideal price range.

Understanding your credit report and credit score

Your credit report and credit score may impact what kinds of loans you're offered, as well as the interest rates and the amount you may be qualified to borrow. Here's what you need to know.

The four parts of your mortgage payment

The payment you make every month typically covers the loan principal, loan interest, taxes, and insurance.

How prequalification and preapproval may help you in the homebuying process

Both prequalification and preapproval may help you buy your first home. But they’re not the same.

Be sure to budget for these home-related expenses

Homebuyers: You'll have upkeep expenses that you don't have as a renter. Here's what to consider in your budget.

How to get — or stay — financially healthy

Simple tips and resources to help you boost your savings, reduce your debt, and improve your credit.