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Lenders opening doors to a wider swath of home buyers

Do you want to buy a house but worry that your credit profile will disqualify you for a mortgage?...

Lenders opening doors to a wider swath of home buyers
Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage

Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage

First-time and move-up homebuyers with heavy debt loads, low credit scores and small down payments face a daunting new...

Homebuyers with heavy debt might find it tougher to get a mortgage
Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny

Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny

The higher your credit score, the lower the interest rate quote you’ll get on your mortgage, right? As a...

Your FICO score is not your mortgage destiny
Fannie and Freddie stick with outdated credit scoring

Fannie and Freddie stick with outdated credit scoring

If you’ve been waiting for the long-anticipated news that the two dominant players in the home mortgage arena —...

Fannie and Freddie stick with outdated credit scoring
Mortgage approval could be easier than you think

Mortgage approval could be easier than you think

So what does it take to get approved for a mortgage to buy a house this summer, whether you’re...

Mortgage approval could be easier than you think
Big credit score boosts ahead for some

Big credit score boosts ahead for some

If you’ve heard that some people might get a magic boost to their FICO credit scores in the 10-point range — without having to do anything — you’re right. But hundreds of thousands of...

Big credit score boosts ahead for some
Credit, debt dings don’t always doom mortgage applications

Credit, debt dings don’t always doom mortgage applications

How tough is it to get approved for a mortgage? How low can your FICO credit score go before...

Credit, debt dings don’t always doom mortgage applications
A big holiday gift for US homeowners

A big holiday gift for US homeowners

  The biggest holiday gift this year for millions of Americans doesn’t fit under a tree and can be a little hard to grasp, but it may be of exceptional value: If you own...

A big holiday gift for US homeowners
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Missing the boat on home ownership

From the New York magazine’s July issue: When lenders say their doors are open to homebuyers who don’t have the best credit profiles, should people believe them? Do first-time buyers qualified on income and other...

Missing the boat on home ownership
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Revival of second mortgages seen as a housing market bellwether

If you have a pressing need to raise some cash, here’s some good news: Rising home values are encouraging...

Revival of second mortgages seen as a housing market bellwether
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