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Cutting interest rates encourages spending.

When the Fed cuts interest rates, it affects everything from your savings account to your auto loans

When the Fed cuts interest rates, it's to encourage spending and growth, and it affects everything from savings accounts to mortgages to loans.
Walking into our home for the first time after closing.

Here’s the trick I used to shave weeks off my home-buying process

My home-buying process lasted just 35 days — the trick for speeding it up is something anyone can use.

An FHA loan can clear the path for first-time homebuyers, as long as they’re willing to jump through a few hoops

FHA loans can be great for borrowers with a small down payment or poor credit, but they do require an extra fee every month.
Tying the knot and buying a home in the same year can be expensive.

Here’s how much money you need to have saved if you want to get married and buy a home in the same year in 25 cities

With rising home prices, adding a new home to an already tight budget can be daunting for soon-to-be newlyweds.
The Los Angeles skyline.

Here’s the salary you’ll need if you want to afford a mortgage in 17 major US cities

Housing prices in the US are skyrocketing: Over the past two years, mortgage payments across US cities increased twice as much as incomes.

8 tips on mortgages for first-time home buyers, according to an expert

From finding down-payment resources to understanding lender fees, here are eight things an expert thinks every home buyer should know about mortgages.

7 pieces of homebuying advice you can’t afford to ignore

Heed this advice and you'll avoid some expensive mistakes in the homebuying process.

Deciding between the 2 main types of mortgages comes down to how much you’re willing to pay every month

The two most common types of home loans — fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages — each have pros and cons.
Anna Baluch and her husband, pictured, paid off their mortgage in less than two years.

I hustled to pay off my mortgage years before I had to, because there’s something even more important than the math

We decided to pay off our mortgage early, even though we aren't sure it's our forever home. For us, it's about freedom.

Everyone is suddenly worried out about the soaring number of Americans who are falling behind on their auto loans — but the freak-out makes no s...

The number of Americans who are more than 90 days late on their auto loan payments hit 7 million, but that's no reason to worry about the US economy.