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Everything You Need To Know About Prepayment Penalties

Although they are not nearly as common today, some mortgage loans do come with a prepayment penalty. Home loan borrowers should be aware of them before signing their names on the dotted line. Here’s what you need to know about prepayment penalties: What is a prepayment penalty? A prepayment penalty is a fee the borrower must pay if they pay off the mortgage loan faster than the agreed terms. They often only apply during the first three years of the loan. Some prepayment penalty clauses also stipulate that a borrower cannot pay off more than 20% of the loan balance each year. Whe...

December 12th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, Everything You Need To Know About Prepayment Penalties

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

As you near retirement, you may be anxious to completely pay off your mortgage and be debt-free before your traditional income stops.  In most cases, this is the best plan but there are situations when holding on to your mortgage into retirement may make more sense. Why You Should Pay Off Your Mortgage Being debt-free as you start retirement can make the transition to a fixed-income much smoother. Those who do not have their mortgage paid off yet sometimes have to dip into their investments to make their payments. That can result in higher taxes and less reserves for retirees. An...

December 5th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Before Retirement?

What Are Closing Costs?

When you sit down to sign the papers to buy a home, you will most likely be required to pay closing costs. Mortgage closing costs are the fees associated with the home buying and lending process.  What is included in my closing costs? The types of closing cost fees can vary based on region, property type, and loan type. There are a few basics that most everyone has to pay. These include things like an appraisal fee, for sending an appraiser out to determine the fair market value of the property. Closing or Escrow fees are also common, which compensate the Title Company, escrow firm ...

August 22nd, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, Conventional Loans, What Are Closing Costs?

Are Fixed Rate Mortgages or Adjustable Rate Mortgages better for me?

When you are in the market for a mortgage, one of the many decisions you’ll have to make is whether to apply for a fixed-rate loan or an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). Both can be beneficial, depending on your situation. Learning the difference between them can ensure you get the right product for your financial goals. Fixed-Rate Mortgages Fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) are just as their name suggests - loan with a fixed interest rate, a rate that never changes over the course of the mortgage. The obvious benefit of this type of loan is that your monthly payment, as well as your inte...

August 15th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Fixed Rate Mortgages, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Refinancing a Home, Are Fixed Rate Mortgages or Adjustable Rate Mortgages better for me?

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