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Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

Mortgage interest rates are at all-time lows right now. It’s obviously a great time to refinance for lower rates and payments. Perhaps you are interested in paying off your mortgage loan faster though. Is refinancing into a shorter loan a good idea right now too? Interest Savings A 15-year fixed rate home loan is a popular option for borrowers looking to be mortgage-free sooner. These shorter loans come with even lower interest rates than 30-year mortgages, allowing homeowners to save thousands in interest. For example, for a borrower with a home valued at $300,000 with a 20% down ...

August 26th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

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How Does Your Credit Affect the Mortgage Application Process?

There are a few things that play very important roles in the mortgage process when buying a new home. One of the most important ones? Your credit. We are accustomed to our credit impacting things like interest rates on auto loans or approval for new credit cards. But how exactly does your credit affect the mortgage application process? And what do we mean by ‘your credit’? Your Credit History Your credit report is a detailed summary of your credit history, prepared by a credit bureau (there are three major bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). F...

August 26th, 2020 How Does Your Credit Affect the Mortgage Application Process?

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How Bad Is It to Miss a Mortgage Payment?

No one signs a mortgage contract thinking they won’t be able to keep up with the payments. And yet life sometimes throws us curveballs. The recent coronavirus crisis, for example, has sent millions into unemployment and a state of financial uncertainty. If an emergency hits and you are short on cash, how bad is it to miss a mortgage payment? What Does ‘Late’ Mean? For most home loans, the payment is typically due on the first of the month. Most mortgage servicing companies will give borrowers a grace period, with the final pay date of the 16th before penalties...

August 20th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, How Bad Is It to Miss a Mortgage Payment?

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How to Set Up the Best Work From Home Space

Even pre-quarantine, more and more Americans were starting to work from home. Calls and meetings were going virtual, companies were finding cost-savings in remote employees, and the rise of the gig economy paved the way for atypical workstyles. Figuring out a proper work-from-home space is something that everyone could use right now, and most likely, in the future, as companies transition some of the virtual practices into permanent protocol.   Creating a space that makes you feel productive and free from distractions is imperative for your mental health, too. Without the option of eve...

August 13th, 2020 How to Set Up the Best Work From Home Space

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Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

When potential buyers are ready to begin their dreams of homeownership, they often start by looking at real estate listings. The asking prices are the starting point for determining how much home a buyer can afford, but there are plenty of other costs and fees not spelled out in that one number. By looking at all the associated expenses, you can decide if you have enough money to buy a home. Down Payment Most mortgage loans require at least some down payment (VA loans for military are one big exception). A conventional loan an require as much as 20% down. For a $250,000 home, a 20% dow...

August 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

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How are Mortgage Interests Rate Determined?

Getting the very lowest interest rate is usually top priority for most home loan seekers but mortgage rates can vary widely from day to day and year to year. They are influenced by international and domestic market changes as well as an individual borrower’s financial details and loan packages. In order to get the best rate, it is essential to understand all the factors that determine mortgage interest rates. The Federal Reserve and 10-year Treasury Bond Yield The general range for mortgage rates at any particular time is heavily influenced by the world and U.S. financial markets...

August 5th, 2020 | Interest Rates, How are Mortgage Interests Rate Determined?