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The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

A conventional mortgage loan requires a 20% down payment. If you are a first-time homebuyer however, saving up tens of thousands of dollars can seem like an impossible task. Of course, there are loan programs, like FHA mortgages, that allow for low down payments, but they often have stricter requirements. For some of those programs, you may have to pay higher interest rates, have better credit scores, or pay higher mortgage insurance fees.  Fortunately, there is a little-known mortgage loan that requires no down payment and minimal fees: the USDA loan. USDA Loan Defined These are mo...

September 9th, 2020 | Government Loans, USDA Loans, The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

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Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

When potential buyers are ready to begin their dreams of homeownership, they often start by looking at real estate listings. The asking prices are the starting point for determining how much home a buyer can afford, but there are plenty of other costs and fees not spelled out in that one number. By looking at all the associated expenses, you can decide if you have enough money to buy a home. Down Payment Most mortgage loans require at least some down payment (VA loans for military are one big exception). A conventional loan an require as much as 20% down. For a $250,000 home, a 20% dow...

August 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

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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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Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

For Americans living and working in the nation’s most expensive real estate markets, homeownership can seem like the impossible dream. Prices are high and options can be limited. It may feel like home values rise faster than your ability to save up for a down payment. Although the process may look different than in other parts of the country, becoming a first-time homebuyer in a pricey area is possible. Here are some suggestions for making that dream a reality: Determine Your Budget First, you need to figure out how much home you can afford. That number needs to be determined by yo...

July 1st, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

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What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

Freddie Mac has announced the creation of a new home renovation loan program called the CHOICERenovation Mortgage.  This product is replacing Freddie Mac’s previous Renovation Mortgage and is very similar to Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation and the FHA’s 203k loan. It offers many benefits to borrowers looking to make updates to their properties. How Does It Work? The CHOICERenovation Mortgage breaks from its predecessor by eliminating the need for Interim Construction Finance and allows borrowers to take out one loan at closing to pay for both the home purchase an...

August 28th, 2019 | Home Renovation Loans, What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

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What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

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