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What Are Mortgage Points?

If you have ever checked out the current status of mortgage interest rates, you may have seen the average points listed next to the rates. What are these points and how do they affect your interest rate? Points Defined Mortgage points, or discount points, are upfront fees paid to your lender that allow you to “buy down” your interest rate on your home loan. The idea is that you are prepaying some of the interest on the mortgage, which gives you a lower rate. The more points you pay, the lower your interest rate will be. One point is equal to 1% of the total mortgage loan amou...

February 6th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Conventional Loans, Fixed Rate Mortgages, What Are Mortgage Points?

30-year Mortgages vs. 15-Year Mortgages

The majority of American home buyers sign up for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) – the staples of mortgage lending. And yet there is another option that may serve many borrowers better: the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. Both loans include an interest rate that does not change over the course of the loan but one is paid off twice as fast as the other. Both can be financially savvy in certain situations. Payments If you are looking for the lowest monthly payment, a 30-year FRM beats the 15-year. That is because the loan principal balance is paid off twice as slowly than the 15-yea...

November 7th, 2018 | Conventional Loans, Mortgages, Mortgage, 30-year Mortgages vs. 15-Year Mortgages

How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

Mortgage lenders love to see borrowers with consistent, steady incomes. But not all borrowers have jobs that send a paycheck every two weeks. Of course there are plenty of self-employed entrepreneurs, but there are also people who are depend on tips for income, those who get paid by contract and also individuals who work per diem or on call. All of these situations can make it very challenging to provide proof of the steady income that mortgage lenders adore.  Fortunately, those with more creative incomes can still qualify for a home loan and it is getting easier. For example, in recen...

October 10th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Conventional Loans, How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

6 Facts about Private Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a type of insurance that most borrowers are required to pay if they are not making a down payment of 20% or more. While you may think you understand the concept of insurance, if you have never bought a house before, you may not realize that PMI is different than most types of insurance. Here are five PMI facts every buyer should know: 1. PMI protects the lender, not the buyer. Most insurance is something you buy to protect yourself – your car, your home, your health, etc. PMI is something you pay for but it actually protects the lender, not ...

October 3rd, 2018 | Conventional Loans, 6 Facts about Private Mortgage Insurance

What is a Piggyback Mortgage?

In order to achieve the dream of homeownership, many buyers look for creative financing to aid them in their quest. One such option is a piggyback mortgage, which actually involves taking out two separate loans to make homeownership more affordable. These loans can be very helpful, but borrowers must know the risks in order to be succesful. Piggyback Definition Here’s how a piggyback mortgage works. You take out a traditional home loan for 80% of the home purchase price. You put down 10% of your own cash as a downpayment. Then in order to cover the remaining 10%, you take out a sec...

September 12th, 2018 | First-time Homebuyers, Conventional Loans, Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, What is a Piggyback Mortgage?

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?

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