How to Get the Best Mortgage Rates

The Wall Street Journal had a report this weekend on how to snag the best mortgage rates. While some of the tips you’ve probably heard before, I thought it was still worth sharing. With rates at historic lows and real estate prices ready to rebound, it seemed like a good time to review the basics. […]

Published or Updated: July 7, 2016

How to Run Home Comps and Why They Matter

Charles Aquino

How Much is a Home Really Worth? If you are a first-time homebuyer like me, then it is hard to answer that question. You have to realize that a “home” means different things to different people.  Real estate can be either an asset or a liability, with valuations changing just like any other investment. When […]

Published or Updated: June 20, 2016

How to Find the Best Mortgage Lender

There are more choices for mortgage lenders now than ever before. The brick-and-mortar banks are still there, of course, as are the mortgage brokers. Now, though, there are also online lenders and online mortgage aggregators, providing you with access to hundreds of lenders. Finding the best mortgage lender can be a challenge. It’s not possible […]

Published or Updated: June 15, 2016

Fixer Upper: 4 Ways to Pay for Your Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process. […]

Published or Updated: June 5, 2016

How to Pay Zero Capital Gains Tax When You Sell Your House

Evan Gautier

It is often said that buying a house is the largest purchase you will make in your life. If you’re not careful, though, that house can also create one of the largest tax bills you will pay in your life. There are usually a million things going through your head when you buy a house: […]

Published or Updated: June 4, 2016

How to Make a 30-Year Mortgage Just as Smart as a 15-Year

Taking out a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll ever make. It gives you the means to own your own home, but it’s also a decision you have to stick with for years. Some people call it “good” debt because it could increase your net worth. That said, it’s still debt, which […]

Published or Updated: May 30, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About PMI on FHA Mortgages

In the past three years, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has changed its rules regarding private mortgage insurance (PMI). These rules have changed the entire nature of PMI as it applies to FHA mortgages, specifically. Though the FHA tweaks rules frequently, there have actually been two significant changes: one good, and the other not good […]

Published or Updated: May 18, 2016

What Kind of Mortgage Does Your Credit Score Qualify For?

You’re probably already aware that your credit score plays an important role in your ability to apply for a mortgage. But what you may not realize is that it even limits the types of loans and loan programs that you are eligible to apply for. Here are the minimum credit score requirements for the three […]

Published or Updated: May 7, 2016

Can You Really Pay Off Your Mortgage Early with a HELOC?

There’s a new strategy floating around the personal finance world: paying off your mortgage faster with a home equity line of credit, commonly known as a HELOC. The strategy alleges that you can pay off your mortgage in just a few years. Will it work? On paper it’s brilliant, but I think most of us […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2016

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