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Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

For Americans living and working in the nation’s most expensive real estate markets, homeownership can seem like the impossible dream. Prices are high and options can be limited. It may feel like home values rise faster than your ability to save up for a down payment. Although the process may look different than in other parts of the country, becoming a first-time homebuyer in a pricey area is possible. Here are some suggestions for making that dream a reality: Determine Your Budget First, you need to figure out how much home you can afford. That number needs to be determined by yo...

July 1st, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

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7 Tips to Improve Your Credit Before Applying for a Mortgage

In addition to income and assets, your credit profile is one of the biggest factors in determining whether you qualify for a mortgage. If your credit score is not currently in a desirable range, there are plenty of ways you can improve it to up your chances of home loan approval. Here are the top seven: Check your credit reports for accuracy According to a study from the Federal Trade Commission, one in five people have an error on at least one of their credit reports. Many errors do not substantially affect credit reports, but some can significantly lower scores. By law, you can obtai...

June 24th, 2020 | Credit, 7 Tips to Improve Your Credit Before Applying for a Mortgage

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What is an ARM loan?

While fixed-rate loans are one of the most popular choices for mortgage loans, there is another choice: the adjustable-rate mortgage or ARM loan. If you’ve ever wondered what an ARM loan is or why anyone would want one, here is what you need to know: ARMs Defined An adjustable-rate mortgage is a type of home loan with a short fixed-rate period, after which the interest rate is allowed to adjust periodically based on certain market indexes. How an ARM Works An ARM loan comes with an initial low-rate period of anywhere from one to ten years. During that time, your interest rate...

June 17th, 2020 | Adjustable Rate Mortgages, What is an ARM loan?

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You Can You Still Get a Home Loan with Tighter Standards

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment. The resulting fear about being unable to pay for expenses has caused more than 3.5 million homeowners to apply for mortgage forbearance to date. That has put lenders in a tight spot. With so many borrowers delaying their mortgage payments, lenders have less cash on hand to make new home loans. Plus, the number of forbearance cases coupled with continued COVID-19 shutdowns has created increased the risk for lenders of mass loan defaults. In order to moderate that risk, lenders are tightening standards fo...

June 10th, 2020 You Can You Still Get a Home Loan with Tighter Standards

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Understanding Mortgage-related Insurance

When you buy a home with a mortgage, you will be required to pay all sorts of insurance, including homeowner’s insurance, title insurance and private mortgage insurance. What are all these policies and why do you have to pay for them? Homeowner’s Insurance Homeowner’s insurance is a policy that protects you against loss if your property or any structures on it are damaged. This covers damage from fire, storms, and vandalism. If you are unable to live in your home because of one of these issues, the insurance will also cover the cost of temporary housing while your home ...

June 3rd, 2020 Understanding Mortgage-related Insurance

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FHFA: Borrowers in Forbearance CAN Refinance

The onset of the COVID-19 crisis has forced millions of Americans into unemployment, resulting in over 4.1 million homeowners applying for mortgage forbearance. There has been plenty of confusion about how the rules of forbearance – a payment deferral plan – affect everything from credit scores to the ability to refinance or sell. Last week the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forbearance policy that will allow borrowers to refinance out of their modified loans. In the past, mortgage loans in forbearance could not be refinanced for a...

May 27th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, FHFA: Borrowers in Forbearance CAN Refinance

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