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3 Essentials to Smart Mortgage Decisions

Maybe you’re thinking about buying a home but feel intimidated by the mortgage application process. It can feel overwhelming if it’s your first home purchase and you don’t know where to begin or who to talk to. If you think ahead, organize your finances, and do your research, you’ll be better prepared to make the best mortgage decision for you. Getting a mortgage (and buying a home) is not something anyone does lightly, so you want to make sure you’re as educated and prepared as possible! Here are 3 major tips to help you prepare your finances and set yourself ...

July 31st, 2020 3 Essentials to Smart Mortgage Decisions

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What Happens If I Lose My Job During the Mortgage Process?

You are midway through the process of closing on a new home or a refinance mortgage. Then you lose your job. In today’s coronavirus crisis climate, plenty of home buyers and homeowners have faced this situation. Can the home loan go through or is it curtains for your new mortgage? While becoming unemployed during the loan underwriting process is much less-than-ideal, there may be some rays of hope. Temporary or Permanent Job Loss Sometimes income loss is due to furloughs. If you have a commitment from your employer as to when you will return to work or your income will resume, you ...

July 29th, 2020 | Interest Rates, What Happens If I Lose My Job During the Mortgage Process?

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Should I Prepay My Mortgage?

Benefits of Prepayment The main benefit of paying off your mortgage early is the savings. Even by cutting off just a few years from your home loan, you can save thousands of dollars in interest. For example, if you take out a 30-year mortgage loan for $250,000 at 4%, you would pay more than $179,000 in interest over the course of the loan. If you were to contribute an extra $75 a month, you would pay off your home loan three years early and save almost $22,000 in interest payments. And the savings only increase if you can throw larger chunks of change at the mortgage. Prepaying your home...

July 22nd, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Prepay My Mortgage?

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Everything You Need to Know About Escrow

Even if you’re not in the process of buying a home right now, you’ve probably heard the term escrow before but maybe you don’t know exactly what it means. The more understanding you have of the homebuying process and the terms that come up, the more confident you’ll be going into it and the less surprises you’ll encounter along the way! So, let’s breakdown what escrow is and how it applies to you as a homebuyer or seller. What is Escrow? Put simply, escrow is a legal arrangement in which a third-party temporarily holds large sums of money (called Earne...

July 16th, 2020 Everything You Need to Know About Escrow

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New FICO “Resilience” Credit Score Could Help Borrowers

As the U.S. economy reels from record-high unemployment and continued COVID-19 shutdowns, the Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO), a global analytics company and producer of the FICO credit score, released a new credit index recently it hopes will keep mortgage lending and other loans flowing during these unprecedented times. After reviewing over 70 million consumer credit files from the Great Recession, FICO found that the majority of consumers - including those with lower credit scores - kept up with their financial obligations even during that time of double-digit unemployment and devastating h...

July 15th, 2020 | Credit, New FICO “Resilience” Credit Score Could Help Borrowers

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Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

Even as demand for mortgage loans has ramped up since the coronavirus crisis began, some aspects of the home loan market have changed. With millions of homeowners applying for mortgage forbearance, lenders have had to take measures to mitigate possible future losses. Some borrowers are seeing higher credit score requirements, for example. Fortunately, one of the things that has not changed for first-time home buyers is the ability to use down payment assistance programs. Saving up for an initial down payment was a monumental task for first-time buyers before COVID-19 with limited inventory ...

July 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

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