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Rightsizing your home

Does your home still fit your lifestyle? It's a question empty nesters and those nearing retirement often ask. Learn the keys to selecting the home that's right for your family, whether that means upsizing or downsizing to match changing circumstances.

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Rightsizing your home

Ownership advantages

Being home will never feel better than when it's your own home. Buying a home is a big step, but there are many benefits that it brings beyond having a place to call your own. Here are five additional advantages of being a homeowner.

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Ownership advantages

Borrowing for beginners

If you want to buy a home, you'll almost certainly need a home loan. And while looking at homes on the internet or in person is much more fun than thinking about a mortgage, starting with your financing will make your home search and purchase much easier.

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Borrowing for beginners

Income Property Success Strategies

Owning rental property can be a great way to generate additional income, especially with rents rising and strong rental demand. Is it a good move for you? Find out some important things to consider and get tips to help you be successful.

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Income Property Success Strategies

Making the homeownership dream real

Everyone's timelines are different but becoming a homeowner might be achievable sooner than expected. Purchasing a home comes with its own set of benefits, different than renting. Here are some tips that can turn you from renter to homeowner in no time.

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Making the Homeownership Dream Real

Trust matters

If you're planning on selling your home, a professional real estate agent can help you make more informed decisions and avoid pricey mistakes while helping ensure a smoother, and often faster, selling process. Get tips to help choose the right seller's agent for your needs.

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Trust Matters

Closing costs demystified

You're ready to buy a house. You've budgeted for your monthly mortgage payment. And then you hear about closing costs. What? More money? Don't panic. Let's break down those costs.

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Closing Costs Demystified

Move out? Maybe not yet.

Are you trying to decide between moving or renovating? As you near retirement, a new house may have its advantages, but if you're set on staying in your home, here are some tips to help you make the right decision for you.

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Move out Maybe not yet

No, you don't need a perfect credit score

Your credit score is important to your home loan, but it doesn't have to be perfect! Learn more about credit scores and what you can do to raise yours.

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Don't Need a Perfect Credit Score

Destination: Down Payment

Getting a down payment together can be a challenge, but you may be further ahead than you think. While you may not have the cash on hand, there are resources you can tap, and a wide range of down payment options, depending on the loan you choose. We've got the low down on down payments.

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Destination Down Payment

Your Home's True Worth

You may be surprised to know that your home's value may vary based on the purpose of the valuation. That's right, there's more than one value for your home. Learn more here.

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Your Home's True Worth

Fiscal fitness

When you're planning to buy a home, financial strength training pays off. Stronger credit and finances may lead to a lower rate, a bigger loan, and more money for a down payment. In addition, you may be able to afford upgrades, like new appliances and furniture. Ready? Start your workout now!

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Fiscal fitness

A Key to a Comfortable Retirement

Retirement finances shouldn't be stressful - they should be golden. Your home equity can help with that. From living expenses to living out lifelong dreams, learn how a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage can make your home work for you.

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Comfortable Retirement

Your Pre-Approval Questions Answered

Pre-approval is key to home financing success. Whether you're considering your options or know your goals, learn everything you need to know about this important step in the homeownership process.

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pre-approval

Your Homebuyer Market Update

Looking to buy a home? Being informed on the market helps. That's why we've compiled expert analysis and data on current mortgage and housing market trends into one place. From the future of mortgage rates to housing supply, learn what you need to know now.

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Homebuyer Market Update

How To Find Your Family's Dream Home

From the neighborhood to the home, there's a lot to consider before the house hunt. That's why we've thought about the key things everyone should think about before they look for their dream home. Start your homebuying journey with these steps to success.

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Your Family's Dream Home

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