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Read the very best advice on how to save money on your housing expenses. Whether buying, refinancing, or renting your living space find great tips for cutting costs and getting more for your money. Search for the best mortgage rates, take advantage of the latest government programs and tax credits, and learn the most effective negotiation strategies.

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  • A wise investment won't break your bank account. Compare the cost of renting versus the cost of buying a house with 20% down and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. If the total monthly cost of the...
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  • Houses listed for more than three months become old news in the real estate market, and owners are more likely to accept a lower price offer. Statistics show that at least 80% of deeply discounted...
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  • Although it's sad for the original owners, now is the time to find a bargain on a previously foreclosed house. Skip the websites that charge fees to see their foreclosure listings. Instead, try the...
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  • Even though a builder might offer outrageous incentives if you agree to build a new home, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars more in mortgage costs. A smart buy is in the resale market, where...
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  • You already know to compare prices before you buy electronics or airfare. Given the much higher cost of buying a home, you can imagine how much higher the savings can be from shopping around. Start with some mortgage comparison sites like Bankrate, LendingTree.com or MSN Money. Check your regular bank, online banks such as E*Trade, and local [...]
  • Some of our favorite tried-and-true tips that will show you how to save money every month. From your electric bill to your water bill to your cell phone bill and more, we'll give you the LOZO on lowering those monthly bills.
  • Houses listed for more than three months become old news in the real estate market, and owners are more likely to accept a lower price offer. Statistics show that at least 80% of deeply discounted homes have been on the market for 90 days or more. Similarly, house listings that are about to expire (that is, the exclusive relationship that a seller [...]
  • A wise investment won't break your bank account. Compare the cost of renting versus the cost of buying a house with 20% down and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. If the total monthly cost of the mortgage, property taxes and insurance is less than the cost of renting, you've found a good deal and probably a worthwhile investment. If not, stick to [...]
  • Shorter term mortgages, such as 15 years instead of a 30-year mortgage, usually offer lower interest rates so ultimately you will pay less for your house. The downside is that your monthly payments are higher, you just make fewer of them. This is not the same as an ARM which still takes 30 years to pay, but has the risk of fast rising interest [...]