Want to buy a home? Do you have the cash in the bank? If you're like most people, you probably don't. We go to banks and mortgage lenders and borrow the money to buy our homes. What would we do if those banks and mortgage lenders weren't around to sell us the money to buy our homes? The rental market would sure be booming!

In this article, we'll explain how the secret world of mortgages makes home ownership possible for so many people. We'll look at some of those confusing terms you always hear, like "escrow" and "amortization," we'll look at all the fees you pay, and we'll find out what the costs of the loan really are. You may be surprised at what you are actually paying for that modest house in the suburbs! Read on...