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Homeownership

Buying your first home, family home, or dream home is an exciting time - but can potentially put a stress on your finances. Explore these resources that could help you prepare or better manage your finances for owning a home. 
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Homeownership

Understanding mortgage unemployment insurance

In today's economy, we often worry about downsizing or losing our jobs. Mortgage unemployment insurance may be a way to provide peace of mind and help you remain in your home in the event of job loss.

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Homeownership

Understanding private mortgage insurance

PMI is a type of insurance that lenders may require homebuyers to purchase, if they do not have a 20 percent down payment. Homeowners need to know that PMI doesn't protect them, it protects the lender.

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Homeownership

Using a budget plan to pay off your mortgage early

Paying extra on your mortgage can not only save money and take years off your payment, but it can also save in interest charges as well. Look for ways to cut your home loan down to size.

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Homeownership

Using a mortgage loan application checklist

If you're applying for a mortgage, here's a list of some of the material your lender will need to get your pre-approval and your mortgage loan moving.

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Homeownership

Your credit score and your mortgage

Intuitively, we all understand that the better your credit, the better ability you have to get loans for the things you want - like that new home. But how does your credit score specifically affect your credit options?

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