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What Your Student Loans Mean for Your Mortgage

If you’re thinking about buying a home but you have outstanding student loan debt, you’re far from alone – you’re riding in the same boat with 37 million Americans. Quicken Loans Operations Director Lindsay Villasenor said about half of the applicants she sees have some sort of student loan debt on their credit report. If you have student loan debt, it doesn’t mean a mortgage is out of reach.

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5 of the Best Up-and-Coming Areas in America

5 of the Best Up-and-Coming Areas in America

As the younger generation of people increasingly seek urban rather than suburban lifestyles, America’s major cities have responded by giving their downtown areas major facelifts. Upgrading cities’ central business districts lures the educated, young and professional while also providing a powerful incentive for businesses to locate where the best human resources are. These efforts have resulted in the rebirth of a number of American cities, including the following five that are on the rise.

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Increased Home Equity: Making It Work for You

Increased Home Equity: Making It Work for You

Here’s some good news: After falling through the floor in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, housing prices are finally enjoying a sustained upswing. According to the CoreLogic Home Price Index, year-over-year home prices rose by an impressive 11.8% in 2013, making it the best year for home price appreciation since 2005. According to the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, the U.S. housing market is “on a roll,” with year-over-year gains of over 20% in some parts of the country. After years of fretting, you may now be sitting on some valuable home equity you didn’t even know you had! The question is, how can you harness that increased equity?

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