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Is It Time for You to Refinance Your Mortgage?

Interest rates have been creeping higher, but they're still pretty low when you look at their history. Meanwhile, housing prices -- which were crashing 10 years ago -- have been on a steady climb.

Refinancing could be an excellent way to lower your mortgage rate and cut your monthly payment, or tap into your home's rising value. But it's not always the right choice.

Ask yourself these questions before you go the refi route.Ask yourself these questions before you go the refi route.

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5 mortgages that require no down payment or a small one

If you want to buy a house but don’t have a lot of money for a down payment, don’t lose heart. Your dream of homeownership is still attainable.

Homebuyers who can’t come up with big down-payment money have options. There are mortgagesavailable for a low down payment or even no down payment.

Check out five options for mortgages with little to no money down.

Mortgages with no down payment or a small one:

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The easy way to get preapproved for a mortgage

Preapproval is how much a lender is willing to lend you to purchase a home, based on your credit and financial strength. While preapproval is just an estimate of how much mortgage you can afford, it’s one of the most important steps in the home-buying process. With a preapproval letter in hand, you can demonstrate to any real estate agent that you have the ability to pay for a house he or she shows you. In fact, many real estate agents won’t let you place a bid on a home without preapproval.

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American home-ownership increases again as housing market looks for balance

More Americans became homeowners in the summer months, fresh evidence of a housing market that’s finding some stability after several rocky years.

The national homeownership rate was 64.4% in the third quarter, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. That’s a half-percentage point higher than a year ago.

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40 simple tricks for boosting your home's curb appeal

Whether your family needs a bigger house or you scored a sweet new job and have to move or just crave a change of some sort, deciding to sell your house is a big decision. But preparing your house for the big sale can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. If you want top dollar for your humble abode, you’ve got to spend hours inside and out, refreshing and updating the thing from top to bottom. (And yes, that means dropping some dough on any needed repairs, whether some rotten siding or a whole new HVAC system.)

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70 Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

Try scaled-down living on for size at Live a Little, a collection of three mini retreat, including the Old Blue Chair shown here, surrounding a central fire pit on a scenic mountaintop property just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rates from $142 per night.

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A Popular Bridge to Homeownership for Younger Buyers

Even though millennials had the largest increase in homeownership rate among all age groups in 2017, many would-be buyers continue to feel stuck on the sidelines because of the limited number of entry-level homes.

Most builders know there’s strong demand for entry-level homes, but the rising costs of construction are making it much more challenging to generate large enough margins to build smaller, single-family detached homes.

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