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How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

With most of the country on shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the homebuying process has undergone plenty of changes for those still looking to get into a home of their own. Buyers, sellers and real estate agents have had to make adjustments for the safety of all. If you are in the midst of your home search or ready to start, here’s what you need to know about buying a home during this challenging coronavirus environment. Virtual Shopping & Viewing Agents and sellers have had to get creative during this time of social distancing. Buyers have had...

April 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

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The Best Home Loans for Buying a Fixer-Upper

You’ve found the perfect property – or at least what could be the perfect property after a few improvements. Upfront repairs and renovations can take a toll on your budget though. Fortunately, there are several mortgage options that will allow you to buy the house and borrow money for improvements all at once. All of these home loans are made by traditional lenders and guaranteed by government agencies or groups. Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage Government-sponsored entity Fannie Mae backs a mortgage product that is both a traditional mortgage and home improvement loa...

April 1st, 2020 | FHA Loans, VA Loans, The Best Home Loans for Buying a Fixer-Upper

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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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How Can I Qualify for a Home Equity Loan?

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, consolidating several big debts, or paying for your child’s college tuition, a home equity loan can be one of the most cost-effective ways to borrow money. Interest rates are lower on mortgages than on almost any other type of loan. But how do you know if you can qualify for a home equity loan? Here’s what you need to know to be approved for one of these popular loans: How a Home Equity Loan Works A home equity loan is a second mortgage. It uses your home as collateral and allows you to borrow against your existing equity. Your equity ...

March 18th, 2020 | Home Equity, How Can I Qualify for a Home Equity Loan?

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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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5 Strategies for Paying Your Mortgage Off Early

Whether you want to save on interest payments, avoid debt in retirement or just feel the thrill of complete ownership, there are plenty of reasons to pay off your mortgage loan early. Yet because a house is typically the largest purchase most Americans make, an early pay-off may seem impossible. Instead of choking on that enormous goal, here are five bite-size strategies to help you succeed little by little. Make One Extra Payment Per year If you can make 13 payments a year instead of 12 you can shorten your mortgage by years. You could consider putting your entire tax refund or any an...

March 4th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, 5 Strategies for Paying Your Mortgage Off Early

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