Buying a House? Don't Make These Mistakes

Being overly concerned with small problems while ignoring bigger ones is a common rookie error.

You can’t change interest rates or banks’ tight home lending. But there are ways to get loans
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The lesson: Read the fine print of your insurance coverage, and if you don't understand it, talk it through with your agent or insurer.

Since there are bound to be plenty of unexpected costs during that first year of home ownership, padding your budget can prevent late-night panic attacks when the dishwasher starts leaking all over your new floor.