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When applying for a home loan, prospective homebuyers find themselves tracking down a mountain of paperwork for the lender. Income statements, tax returns, credit reports, and so on—with so much to collect, the application process is intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.

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Buying a home is not a one-step process. Most of us start by learning about the world of real estate and assessing our financial options. Next, it's time to explore the first formal step in the home loan process: the loan application.

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Do you know your credit score? This three-digit number is as important to the home buying process as your real estate agent and your down payment. Having the highest credit score possible can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your mortgage. If you are ready to invest in improving your number, here’s how.

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You have made the decision to buy a new home and the house you love is on the market. You’ve submitted your loan application, but what’s next? What are the remaining steps until you have assurance that the new home will be yours?

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Do you know your credit score? When it comes to consumer credit, many people turn a blind eye. But taking a “what I don’t know, can’t hurt me” approach to personal finance may present serious issues, particularly for first-time homebuyers.

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To pre or not to pre? As Prince of Denmark, Hamlet didn’t need to get a mortgage. For the rest of us, however, it’s a seemingly never-ending series of decisions and choices. When buying a home, making some choices earlier on like pre-qualifying for a mortgage, can simplify decisions.

Read more about To Pre or Not to Pre: Understanding Mortgage Pre-qualifying