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Find out the pros and cons of buying a new construction home versus buying an existing home from WaFd Bank and find out which is the better option for you.

Maximize your mortgage down payment with WaFd Bank's various options, from permanent buy down to rent back provisions. Find the best fit for your needs.

Find out what tax deferred exchanges are in real estate and find out how 1031 exchange and reverse 1031 exchange work from your local bank, WaFd Bank.

Find out From WaFd Bank to Stop Mortgage Trigger Lead Calls if You are Buying or Selling a Home If you've...

If you have recently bought a new home — or plan to buy one soon — it's important to know what to do once you've signed...

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or purchasing your second home, buying and selling property is stressful....

Learn how our Smart Start Down Payment Assistance Program works for low-to-moderate income individuals and/or families...

The housing market across the country has been booming for the last few years, with 6.1 million homes sold...

Buying or selling a home requires patience, persistence and a whole lot of preparation. Before buying a new home,...

WaFd Bank shares tips on how to decide when you are ready to buy a house. For more tips, visit WaFd Bank's Banking 101.

Discover basic requirements for a home equity line of credit to be an option and learn how to qualify for a HELOC with your local lender.

A portfolio lender, like WaFd Bank, keeps all the loans they make on their own books. Portfolio lenders don't sell your...

Making a few small improvements now could help you save money all winter.

APR, closing costs, escrow, brokers - the list goes on. Home rental and ownership words can be confusing...we've got a guide to help.

It may be your second time, but that doesn't mean it's less confusing....

Are your home improvement projects doing more harm than good?

Real estate is still one of the best ways to help build wealth. But owning multiple homes isn't right for everyone.

Mortgage terms can be confusing, but they have a BIG impact on how much you'll end up paying for your house. It's worth taking a few minutes to make sure you understand some key differences.

Hot real estate markets, like Seattle and Portland, make it hard for buyers to build equity with the traditional, turn-key style home. What's a first-time buyer to do?

Downsizing your home size doesn't need to feel like downgrading. Ideas to help you think smaller when it comes to your house.

APR, balloon payment, good faith estimate...what's it all mean?! We're breaking down those complex mortgage terms into everyday language.

When you apply for a home loan, you're responsible for paying for more than just a monthly mortgage payment. Find out what else is included.

Environmentally-friendly homes are becoming more popular with homebuyers. Easy ways to make your house more "green."

Find out how you can finance college tuition or life's other (expensive) costs using the equity in your home.

Thinking about making some major changes to your home? Consider the pros and cons of remodeling versus buying a new home.

When is the best time to refinance? Pros and cons for refinancing your mortgage loan.

Refinancing your mortgage is a big financial decision. Be sure to think it through before you sign the paperwork.

If you're thinking about a refinance, be sure to look beyond just the advertised rate.

Get the inside scoop on what counts when it's time to get a loan.

Buying a home doesn't have to feel like an overwhelming process. We've broken it down into 9 steps.

Upwards and onwards! But before you upgrade your house, make sure you can afford the heftier bills.

Buying a house in a competitive market can be tough, but it's not impossible. Tips to make the process a little easier.

What to know when buying a house? Buying a house may sound complicated — and while there are several steps and moving pieces — the process to buy a house is actually pretty straightforward

House shopping can be fun, scary, interesting, exciting, and overwhelming. It can easily turn into an emotional roller coaster. But there are a few things to watch for when you house shop that can help...

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