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Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a home or refinancing usually involves taking out the biggest loan of your life. It's important to make sure you understand everything that goes into that mortgage and what will be required of you as a borrower. Here are the most essential questions to ask your lender before you sign on the dotted line. What types of mortgage loans are available? There are dozens of mortgage types out there: conventional or government-backed (FHA, VA, and USDA), fixed-rate or adjustable-rate, jumbo, reverse, etc. Ask your lender to explain your options and which ones would be a good fit for ...

December 16th, 2020 | Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

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Why a Mortgage is Good Debt

In today’s coronavirus-crisis economy, many Americans may be regretting taking on debt in the past or facing new debt to cover expenses during unemployment. And yet millions of consumers continue to apply for mortgages for home purchases, one of the largest debts most people will ever assume. The reason for this is that some debt is actually considered “good debt.” Here’s how to tell the difference between good and bad debt and why mortgage loans fall under that category. Good Debt There are several crucial factors that determine good debt. First, the financing is...

September 2nd, 2020 | Mortgage, Debt, Why a Mortgage is Good Debt

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Is Applying for Mortgage Online a Good Idea?

You can do pretty much everything on the Internet today, including apply for mortgage financing. Just because something is digital, does that automatically mean it’s better? There are several factors to consider when deciding between applying online or in person.  Because the Millennial generation is now at the prime age for homebuying, their preferences are influencing the mortgage industry. The National Association of Realtors reports that in 2018, millennials bought more homes in the U.S. than any other generation. This age group grew up with computers and the Internet and the...

February 19th, 2020 | Mortgage, Is Applying for Mortgage Online a Good Idea?

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Why NOT to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Your mortgage payment is likely the biggest one you make each month. The thought of getting rid of that payment sooner and saving on some of the interest payments can be very attractive. However, there are plenty of trade-offs when you start diverting much of your disposable income toward extra mortgage payments. Here are several reasons why it may not be in your best interest to pay off your mortgage early. Lost Investment Income In order to pay off a mortgage earlier than the traditional 30- or 15-year terms, you will have to devote a significant part of your monthly income on the paym...

January 29th, 2020 | Mortgage, Why NOT to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

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Benefits to Mortgage Debt

In order to buy a house, most Americans take on a mortgage loan. While debt is usually to be avoided if possible, when it comes to a mortgage there may actually be some financial benefits for borrowers. Liquidity If you dump all your extra funds into paying off your mortgage, you may be in a tight spot if you face a financial emergency. Family deaths, divorce and health traumas are just a few things that can quickly rack up enormous debts. If you do not have a sizable emergency save up and you have been sinking all disposable cash into your home, you may end up selling your home to pay f...

June 5th, 2019 | Debt, Credit, Mortgage, Benefits to Mortgage Debt

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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

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