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7 big questions your Closing Disclosure can answer
Borrowers applying for a mortgage now get a five-page form designed to make home loans easier to understand before the deal is finalized.
August 15th 2017
7 mortgage fears that sideline homebuyers
Would you like to buy a home but worry that you'd never qualify for a mortgage? It's time to stop guessing and evaluate your chances to land a loan based on everything from how much you make to your credit score. Believe it or not, the odds are in your favor.
August 14th 2017
Mortgage rates fall in August 2017
Current mortgage rates are higher than they were last August. Still, home loans are still historically low and a little easier to obtain, too.
August 9th 2017
8 critical questions your Loan Estimate will answer
Borrowers are receiving a new form called a Loan Estimate after they apply for a mortgage. It explains the key terms, from interest rates to closing costs, and ensures you're getting the home loan your lender promised.
August 2nd 2017
How to tell if mortgage points are worth the cost
Paying points to get a lower interest rate is almost always a losing proposition because most homeowners don’t keep their loans long enough to recoup the up-front costs. Are you an exception to the rule?
August 1st 2017
How much house can you afford?
How much house can you afford? If that's on your mind, you're in good company. Mortgage rates are historically low, making it a good time to purchase.
July 28th 2017
Will I be happy in a condo?
Before you dive into condo living, you have to make sure it's truly what you want. Use these 9 questions to make sure you'll be happy in a condo.
July 27th 2017
4 smart moves to challenge a home appraisal
A low estimate causes about 1 in every 10 home sales to fall through each month, agents report. Here's what to do when an appraisal of your home's value seems to miss the mark.
July 25th 2017
Get your paperwork ready before applying for a mortgage
Here's a checklist of what you'll need and it's extensive — W-2s, pay stubs, bank statements, tax returns, brokerage statements and more. It's never too early to start a file and fill it up.
July 21st 2017
What you need to know about private mortgage insurance
If you don't make a 20% down payment, you'll be required to carry private mortgage insurance, or PMI. Although you're the one who must pay monthly premiums for this coverage, it protects the lender, not you.
July 20th 2017