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Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

Mortgage interest rates are near record lows again. This can mean great deals for homebuyers and great savings for homebuyers. Some lenders will even start advertising rates that are at least a half point lower than the average national rate. Buyers and refinancers should be aware that these ultra-low rate deals come with strings attached. In some cases, it may actually be better to choose a higher rate option. Here’s what you need to know: Points In order to get some of these rock-bottom rate deals, borrowers are often required to pay discount points to the lender. One point is eq...

March 27th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

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Will an Employment Gap Hurt My Chances for Mortgage Approval?

Employment history is a very important aspect of a mortgage application. Mortgage loans are usually for substantial sums of money and lenders want to reduce the risk that borrowers will default. One sign that a borrower will be consistent in making their mortgage payments is if they have a stable two-year history of employment. But what if you have gaps in your work history? Can you still qualify for a mortgage? Gap Period Most lenders will only require a two-year work history, so if you had gaps prior to that period, you may not even need to inform your lender about it. If you have had ...

March 11th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Will an Employment Gap Hurt My Chances for Mortgage Approval?

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What Does It Take to Refinance a Jumbo Loan?

Mortgage interest rates have dropped significantly in the past year and everyone wants to take advantage of the savings. Those who have jumbo loans – mortgages with balances over the conforming loan limit of $510,400 in most areas – may wonder if they can refinance their loans too. The answer is a definite yes! There may be some additional requirements, but jumbo loan holders can absolutely benefit from today’s lower rates. Jumbo Loan Criteria Because jumbo loans involve such large amounts of money, the requirements for refinancing are typically stricter than with a con...

February 26th, 2020 | Jumbo Loans, Refinancing a Home, What Does It Take to Refinance a Jumbo Loan?

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Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

There is a new trend catching on among younger urban residents: renting in the city and buying a vacation home as their first house purchase. This unconventional approach to first-time homebuying is one way for these buyers to achieve homeownership and all its benefits when they are priced out of their own market.  Real estate prices in most major U.S. cities are rising so high that it is virtually impossible for young professionals to start their home-owning journey within city limits. The creative solution of buying a vacation home while renting a primary residence in the city allows...

February 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

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Why NOT to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Your mortgage payment is likely the biggest one you make each month. The thought of getting rid of that payment sooner and saving on some of the interest payments can be very attractive. However, there are plenty of trade-offs when you start diverting much of your disposable income toward extra mortgage payments. Here are several reasons why it may not be in your best interest to pay off your mortgage early. Lost Investment Income In order to pay off a mortgage earlier than the traditional 30- or 15-year terms, you will have to devote a significant part of your monthly income on the paym...

January 29th, 2020 | Mortgage, Why NOT to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

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What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

When you bought your house, the fees you paid included the closing costs for your mortgage, your down payment, and maybe some mortgage points. Now that you are ready to sell, there are a few more costs that you need to anticipate. In fact, according to Realtor.com, sellers often pay between 6% -10% of the sale price in fees and commissions. Real Estate Agent Commission Fees It is customary for home sellers to pay both the seller’s and the buyer’s real estate agent commission fees out of the proceeds of the sale. The standard rate is 3% for each, totally 6% of the sales price ...

January 15th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

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