Mortgage

FHA Streamline Refinance
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The FHA Streamline Refinance program is a special refinance program for people who have a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. It is the simplest and easiest way to refinance an FHA loan. Unlike a traditional refinance an FHA Streamline Refinance allows a borrower to refinance…

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Should You Refinance to a Shorter-Term Loan?
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New homebuyers often choose to take out longer term mortgages such as a 30 year term mortgage on their new homes due to the security and peace of mind that a consistent monthly mortgage payment provides. However, a 30 year term can be really long…

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Appraisal Methods
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When you’re buying a home using a mortgage, refinancing your existing mortgage or selling your home to anyone other than an all-cash buyer, the home appraisal is a key component of the transaction. Whether you’re a buyer, owner or seller, you’ll want to understand how…

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Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step
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Many potential homebuyers underestimate their purchasing power and overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. Completing a quick and easy pre-approval is the first step in determining all mortgage options available to you. Benefits of being Verified by…

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3 Keys to Buying a Home
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Mortgage guidelines for first-time homebuyers have changed over recent years. In order to ensure loan approval, you need to have everything in order before your application. Credit Credit is very important for the first-time homebuyer. An FHA loan allows a lower credit score, sometimes as…

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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-approval
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Two often confused terms in the home buying process are a mortgage loan pre-qualification and a home loan pre-approval. Here’s what you really need to know about each one. Pre-Qualification A mortgage pre-qualification is simply an estimate of how much home you can afford and…

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Private Mortgage Insurance
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PMI, aka private mortgage insurance, is a type of mortgage insurance from private insurance companies used with conventional loans. Similar to other kinds of mortgage insurance policies, PMI protects the lender if you stop making payments on your home loan. PMI can be arranged by…

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Why was I countered?
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As a homebuyer, if you make an offer below list price, the seller may choose to reject, accept or simply let the offer expire. If there are multiple offers, the listing agent will lay out the options for their client and then notify all buyers’…

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New Mortgage Rules For Self-Employed Borrowers
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Being your own boss comes with a lot of perks. Easier mortgage approval may not be one of them. If you’re self-employed, you must meet different requirements than a salaried person to qualify for a mortgage. The rules about updated in recent months to take…

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Why Use a Local Mortgage Lender?
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Real estate agents who would represent you as a buyer do care which lender you use. They’ll often suggest that you use a local lender who’s experienced with your area’s nuances, such as local taxation rules, settlement procedures and appraisal methodologies. These areas are all…

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