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Anna Miller

Home Buying, Savings and Budget Expert

Anna Miller is a former Editor at SmartAsset. Her areas of expertise include home buying and saving money. Anna has degrees from Princeton University and Hunter College.

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by Anna Miller Sep 14, 2018

Welcome to the SmartAsset Mortgage Dictionary. Below you will find a glossary of popular terms explained in plain English. No need to thank us, this is just what we do. Read more

by Anna Miller Aug 20, 2018

Once you have decided that you would like to buy a home, the first thing you need to do is figure out how to ‘finance’ the purchase. This means deciding how much of your savings you are going to use as a down payment, how much money you want to borrow (the mortgage) and choosing the right type of mortgage. While there are several types of mortgages on the market, the two main types of loans are fixed-rate and variable-rate mortgages. Read more

by Anna Miller Feb 03, 2017

There are some bad feelings about mortgage brokers left over from the housing bubble and what seems to be at the root of the issue is a dearth of honest advice. Indeed, working with a broker isn’t always easy and sometimes their interests don’t correspond with your own. On the other hand, working with brokers can be beneficial to potential homeowners and understanding the role they play in the real estate market can help you decide if you need one. Read more

by Anna Miller Mar 14, 2018

You probably already know that the interest rate you pay is among the most important factors contributing to the cost of your mortgage.  The lower the interest rate you can get, the better for you… Read more

by Anna Miller Aug 20, 2018

When you buy a home or other piece of real estate, you’ll have to deal with a certain taxes and closing costs. Real estate transfer tax is one of these costs. Whenever there is an exchange of real… Read more