How is an FHA Loan Different From a Conventional Mortgage

Now that you’ve decided to jump into the home buying process, it’s time to face the alphabet soup of mortgage loans. From the outside, it looks like a jumble of meaningless letters, acronyms, and silly names like FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. What do they all mean and how do you know which […]

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Mortgage Rate Recap And Outlook For Week Ending July 13th, 2018

Overall, despite steady inflationary trends in economic data (Consumer Price Index hit the highest level since 2012), the threat of trade wars is keeping a large portion of investor funds in the US long-term bond market. Without an influx of additional investor dollars into US Bonds, there’ll be no noticeable improvement in mortgage rates. While the […]

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage with Student Loan Debt

You might think it’s impossible to qualify for a mortgage while repaying student loans, but it’s not. Lenders treat them the same as your other installment debt when going through the qualification process – most of the time. Historically, student loans came with regular monthly installment payments, over a certain number of months until the […]

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Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 29, 2018

It’s tempting to take a risk and not lock in an interest rate when you see mortgage rates decline even by a small amount. This is not the week to give in to that temptation. The bond market, which directly impacts mortgage rates, is watching some potentially intense situations unfold globally and these situations could […]

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The Best Advice on What Not to Ask Your Mortgage Loan Officer

The saying “you don’t even know what you don’t know,” might be the perfect description of someone starting the complicated process of getting a mortgage. Prospective borrowers need to do substantial research to learn which fundamental questions to ask when interviewing lenders. While there’s no shortage of advice on the critical questions to ask, most […]

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Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 22, 2018

As of the end of April, the year-over-year (YOY) nationwide increase in home prices is at 6.4%, based on actual appraisals for all loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae (all conforming and government loans.) While it’s now almost the end of June, and the data is aged, it’s a positive sign […]

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Why Your Asset Statements Matter to Mortgage Lenders

Applying for a loan can feel like an invasion of your privacy. As if lenders want to pull back the curtain on your life and analyze every detail, including your job, your income from that job, your tax returns, and, worst of all, copies of your asset statements. You want to ask them what they’re […]

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Mortgage Rate Recap and Outlook For Week Ending June 15, 2018

After trending down for the last two weeks, mortgage rates increased over the previous week and could continue that trend. This week saw the Federal Reserve raising not only the Fed Funds rate, but also the Prime Credit rate, and the Reserve Balance rate. In comments by the Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, a hawkish shift […]

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What to Do in a Changing Real Estate and Mortgage Market

As if the shortage of homes for sale wasn’t severe enough, now rising interest rates are making the spring buying season extra challenging across the nation. The latest analysis and forecasting of market information by organizations such as National Association of Realtors (NAR), the St. Louis Federal Reserve, and Realtor.com highlights the shortage in inventory. […]

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How to Get a Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed

If you think being self-employed will limit your ability to get a mortgage, you’re wrong.  Qualifying guidelines are the same for anyone applying for a mortgage whether they receive a W-2 every year or they’re self-employed. Borrowers qualify based on a minimum level of income, credit, and savings. Each category requires documentation to prove, aside […]

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