Hal M. Bundrick is a personal finance writer and a NerdWallet authority in money matters. He is a certified financial planner and former financial consultant and senior investment specialist for Wall Street firms. Hal advised families, business owners, nonprofits and trusts, as well as managed group employee retirement plans in the South and Midwest. Hal now works to make financial topics understandable and jargon-free.
- Credentials: CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
- Previous experience: Financial advisor, senior investment specialist
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7 Ways to Cover the Cost of Emergency Home Repairs
Home repair loans aren't the only way to pay for fixes. Insurance and government aid may be available, too.
Self-Employed? 8 Keys to Getting Approved for a Mortgage and Buying a Home
Expect to show extra documentation to prove income and debt levels. Boost your chances by separating business and personal finances and reducing tax deductions.
The Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure: What They Mean
The Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure forms boil down all of the closing costs you’ll encounter when getting a home loan.
Tips for Making an Offer on a House With a Real Estate Agent
Work with your agent to understand the local market, make a strong offer and stay within your price range.
Common Real Estate Contingencies Home Buyers Should Know
Making a contingent offer to buy a home protects your interests, but including too many stipulations makes it harder to win a bidding war.
How to Get Preapproved for a Mortgage
Be prepared to provide details about your employment, income, debt and financial accounts to get preapproved for a mortgage.
Mortgage Brokers: What to Ask Before Using One
A mortgage broker helps you apply for loans, finds competitive interest rates and negotiates terms.
How to Sell Your House
From prepping your property for sale to moving into your next home, here are the basic steps of selling a house.