2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Rent or Buy a House?

Welcome to the “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers. Today’s question is about homeownership; specifically, whether you’re better off buying or renting. Watch the following video, and you’ll pick up some valuable info. Or, if you prefer, scroll down to read the full transcript and find … Read more2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Rent or Buy a House?

A New Lender Took Over My Mortgage — Now What?

When you were going through the home-buying process, choosing a mortgage company was a big part of that. You likely did painstaking research on each company and carefully considered loan offers before deciding on one. Despite all that hard work, your mortgage servicer — the company that…

5 Things to Know Before Adding Someone to the Deed

Sharing is caring — at least that’s what has been drilled into our minds. And for the most part, it’s true. However, if you’re contemplating making the ultimate step in sharing — adding someone to the deed on your home — it’s a good idea to consider the consequences. It’s…

2-Minute Money Manager: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay a Mortgage?

Welcome to your “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers. You can learn how to send in a question of your own below. If you’re not typically a video watcher, give it a try. These videos are short and painless, and you’ll learn something valuable. But if … Read more2-Minute Money Manager: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay a Mortgage?

9 Dumb Moves That Kill Hopes of Landing a Great Mortgage

If you are shopping for a home, chances are good that you’ll need a mortgage. Finding the right home loan is crucial to making the homebuying process a financial success. But fall victim to any of the following mistakes, and you soon could be crying the blues. Following are some dumb mortgage mistakes you should … Read more9 Dumb Moves That Kill Hopes of Landing a Great Mortgage

Should you pay off your mortgage early?

My friend Amy recently wrote with an interesting dilemma. “Should I pay off my mortgage early?” she wonders. Amy has a high-paying job and has managed to save enough that she could be completely debt-free if she wanted to. And she kind of wants to! But is this the best choice? She’s aware that this … Read moreShould you pay off your mortgage early?

Refinancing Your Mortgage to Pay Off Student Loans Sounds Tempting, but Use Caution

It’s hardly a secret or news flash that the student loan debt crisis in this country has reached epic proportions. For those who’ve lost track of just how bad things have gotten, here’s an update: There are now more than 44 million borrowers in America who collectively owe over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. … Read moreRefinancing Your Mortgage to Pay Off Student Loans Sounds Tempting, but Use Caution