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Should You Rent or Buy a House?

Should You Rent or Buy a House?
Ask yourself these six questions to determine if you're ready to buy a house, or if you should rent for now. Plus, examine the pros and cons of homeownership.

8 Steps to Buying a House

8 Steps to Buying a House
This guide to home buying walks you through the entire process, from setting a budget to closing the deal, in eight steps.

FHA Loans and Other Home Buying Programs

FHA Loans and Other Home Buying Programs
In this article, you'll learn about FHA, VA and RHS loans, plus the pros and cons of each and how to qualify for financing.

Choosing a Mortgage

Choosing a Mortgage
Review the pros and cons of each type of mortgage, from fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages to interest-only mortgages.

Qualifying for a Mortgage

Qualifying for a Mortgage
What does it take to qualify for a mortgage? Learn about debt ratios, credit scores and income and how they affect your chances of getting approved.

How to Finance a Down Payment

How to Finance a Down Payment
Finance a down payment by discovering easy ways to save money and surprising sources for cash, such as your IRA or a personal loan.

Owning a Home as a Single Parent

Owning a Home as a Single Parent
A guide to homeownership for single parents, including whether to rent or own, the pros and cons of buying a house and how to keep your home after a divorce.

Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners Insurance
Learn more about homeowners insurance and the financial protection it offers, including property and liability protection.

The Tax Benefits of Homeownership

The Tax Benefits of Homeownership
There are many tax breaks available for homeowners. Learn about tax benefits relating to mortgage interest, property taxes, energy efficiency and more.

Insuring Your Home Business

Insuring Your Home Business
Just because a business takes place in a house, doesn't mean they share protection. Learn about what it takes to insure your home business.

The Home Office Deduction

The Home Office Deduction
Are you a business owner who works from home? Learn how to reduce your expenses and avoid an audit when claiming the home office deduction on your federal tax return.

Refinancing Your Mortgage

Refinancing Your Mortgage
Should you refinance? What are the common pitfalls and downsides to refinancing? And how does it work? Learn the answers to these questions and more about refinancing.

Paying off a Mortgage Early

Paying off a Mortgage Early
Learn some strategies for paying off your mortgage early and see just how much putting more toward your mortgage payments can save you in the long run.

Buying a Second Home

Buying a Second Home
If you're buying a second home to use as a rental property or vacation home, you'll need to learn how the process differs from buying a principle residence, in terms of taxes, mortgages and extra expenses.

Insuring a Second Home

Insuring a Second Home
Identify the liabilities that come with a second home and what you can do to cover them.

Preparing to Sell Your Home: Checklist

Preparing to Sell Your Home: Checklist
Use this checklist to prepare your house before putting it up for sale.

Tax Breaks When Selling Your Home

Tax Breaks When Selling Your Home
Unlike other investments, you don't have to pay capital gains tax on home sales, provided you meet certain qualifications. Discover how to make the most of the home sale tax exclusion when selling your home.