Tag: Mortgage

Posted on 09/12/2021
Loans: Is an FHA Right for You?
If you're in the market for your first home, there's a good chance you'll need to take out a mortgage. One of the most popular mortgage types (especially for first-time buyers) is known as a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. What is an FHA Loan? Specifically, an FHA loan refers to one that is backed and insured by...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Mortgage: What are Points?
Photo by Precondo via Pixabay Some mortgage companies offer loans with points. In a nutshell, paying points means paying down the interest rate. One point is equal to 1 percent of the mortgage amount. On a $200,000 mortgage, one point is $2,000. The percentage the interest rate lowers depends on the mortgage company and the market. For example,...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
What Influences Your Buying Timeline?
Photo by Doubletree Studio via Shutterstock Interest rates rise in correlation to inflation and other economic activity. When that happens, it can increase housing costs. But the question is, should it prompt you to buy sooner than you’re ready? The Right Time Is Now In real estate, the right time is always now for someone. Is it the...
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Posted on 12/22/2019
Quick Tips for Paying off Your Mortgage
Photo by ESB Professional via Shutterstock If the thought of getting a mortgage and being in that much debt is stopping you from buying a home, plan to pay it off. Here’s how you can do it in just five to 10 years. Live well below your means. If you can keep your mortgage payment to below twenty...
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Posted on 11/24/2019
Important Steps to Take Before You Apply for a Mortgage
If you plan to buy a house, you'll want to apply for a mortgage before you launch your house search. That way, you'll have your finances in order and can narrow your home search accordingly. Ultimately, there are several steps that you should take prior to applying for a mortgage, and these are: 1. Check Your Credit Score A...
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Posted on 07/28/2019
Mortgage Loan Rejection: What Next?
Having your home loan rejected can be disappointing, but it is not the end of the road. This article is full of ideas to help get your loan approved on your next try: Re-edit your borrower profile Banks are vigilant on all aspects of credit, including the profile of the borrower. Remember that many criteria are crippling. Any...
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