Can you buy a home with less than 20% down?

Unison •
Benzinga
house rental and mortage  business concept with cardboard house

Preparing to buy a home? You’ve likely heard that you first need to save 20 percent of a home’s purchase price in cash. That money is your down payment, or, the cash you put toward buying the home. The remaining 80 percent of the home’s price comes from the mortgage you take out with a

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Rebuilding your home and finances after disaster strikes

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger
Ruined and burnt house, scattered bricks

Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled Texas in late August, and Hurricane Irma, which blew through the Caribbean and Florida two weeks later, both took a heavy toll. Harvey caused more than 80 deaths and nearly $100 billion in losses. Irma claimed more than 60 victims and caused more than $50 billion in losses. But in some

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How to remodel your home

Pat Mertz Esswein, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Associate Editor •
Kiplinger
Construction worker remodeling home

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

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4 tips to sell your home quickly

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
Row of colorful, red, yellow, blue, white, green painted residential townhouses, homes, houses with brick patio gardens in summer

When you’ve decided to move out of the house you own, you likely want to unload the home as quickly as possible. Whether you’re eager to get to a job in another state, have found a new dream home, or are simply tired of the mortgage payments, you don’t want to spend months struggling to

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8 ways to transform your home on a budget

Maurie Backman •
The Motley Fool
Choosing colors for painting walls at new home

Most people who own homes will agree that there’s always room for some sort of improvement. The problem, however, is that sprucing up a home costs money — something most of us don’t have in an unlimited supply. The good news is, you don’t need to spend a fortune to refresh your home and boost

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