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How to remodel your home

Pat Mertz Esswein, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Associate Editor •
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Jason and Carrie Kelroy of Wauwatosa, Wis., loved their 2,200-square-foot, 1930s-era colonial, and they loved their neighborhood, where they could walk to schools, their church, and a coffee shop, or drive to a Milwaukee Brewers game or to Summerfest on the lakefront in 20 minutes. But with three kids and two big dogs, space felt


3 common mortgage myths, debunked

Matthew Frankel •
The Motley Fool
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Ninety-three percent of American adults believe that owning a home is part of the American dream, and 81 percent believe that owning a home increases financial stability, according to a recent survey by NeighborWorks America. Unfortunately, many Americans have misconceptions about what is necessary to be able to purchase a home. With that in mind,


Is an interest-only mortgage ever a good idea?

Wendy Connick •
The Motley Fool
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Survivors of the Great Recession may remember that interest-only mortgages were a major factor in causing the housing crash and the ensuing economic train wreck. Yet in the last few years, these mortgages have reappeared as an option for some homebuyers. Should you consider getting an interest-only mortgage? What is an interest-only mortgage? With a


3 ways to pay off your mortgage faster

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
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Are housing costs your biggest monthly expense? For most American families, they are. But, there’s a way to drop your housing bills dramatically: Pay off your mortgage early. Mortgage-free homeowners have median housing costs almost $1,000 per month below their mortgage-holding counterparts, leaving a lot more spare cash to invest or to do fun stuff like


5 things that can derail your mortgage approval

Daniel B. Kline •
The Motley Fool

Getting approved for a mortgage is not the same as getting a mortgage. Until your lender has transferred the money to your buyer’s bank, it’s still possible for the process to be derailed. That means that once you have received a “yes,” you still have to be careful. Your lender will be watching you and