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Two New Rules That Could Make Getting a Home Loan Easier

Two new mortgage lending rules could help some borrowers more easily qualify for well-priced home loans. In December, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made some final changes to its qualified mortgage (QM) definitions that affect which loans can be guaranteed by the government entities. If you meet the requirements for a QM, you’re more likely to be offered better rates and terms than those who don’t qualify.  A qualified mortgage is a designation given to loans that meet certain criteria and can then be repurchased by companies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Lend...

February 17th, 2021 Two New Rules That Could Make Getting a Home Loan Easier

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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...

February 10th, 2021 | Government Loans, USDA Loans, The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

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What’s the Difference Between a Jumbo and a Super Conforming Loan?

If you are hoping to buy a home in one of the country’s pricier markets, you may need a special type of mortgage. The main two are jumbo loans and super conforming loans. Here’s what you need to know about each one and which is right for you: Background on the Mortgage Market The U.S. government sets limits on how much of a mortgage it is willing to guarantee. There are two government-backed entities – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - that buy back home loans, package hundreds of them in bundles and resell them in small bits on the secondary market. Mortgage lenders like to...

February 3rd, 2021 | Jumbo Loans, What’s the Difference Between a Jumbo and a Super Conforming Loan?

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6 Tips for Saving a Down Payment as a Renter

Homeownership is the American Dream, and yet with house prices on the rise, it can sometimes feel unattainable if you’re still trying to make a rent payment each month. The average U.S. rent for a two-bedroom apartment as of June 2020 was $1,917, according to Rent.com, an increase of $39 over 2019. While that may not seem like a huge jump, it does make it harder to save for buying a house, especially when average home prices have risen 15% in roughly the same time, according to the National Association of Realtors. Even with increasing prices, it is possible to save for that firs...

January 27th, 2021 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, 6 Tips for Saving a Down Payment as a Renter

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Why ARM Loans Don’t Make Much Sense Right Now

If you are looking to buy a home soon or to refinance your current mortgage, you know that interest rates are very low.  In recent weeks, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is below 3%. In fact, rates have been setting record lows for a while. And yet, you may have seen adjustable-rate mortgages advertised with interest rates below those stunning rates, maybe around 2.25%. While that lower rate can seem very enticing, here’s why ARM loans are not the best option in today’s economic climate. How ARMs Work Adjustable-rate mortgages have ultra-low intere...

January 20th, 2021 | Interest Rates, Why ARM Loans Don’t Make Much Sense Right Now

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4 Predictions for the 2021 Mortgage Market

The 2020 housing market surprised everyone by quickly bouncing back after slumping during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic. What might the coming year hold as the country continues to fight its way through this crisis? The experts at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference last week made these four predictions for the mortgage world in 2021. Mortgage Rates Will Rise from Record Lows As the COVID crisis eases and the economy improves, long-term mortgage interest rates (which hit multiple historic lows this year) will begin to rise. Averaging 3.0% in 20...

January 13th, 2021 4 Predictions for the 2021 Mortgage Market

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