Piggyback Loan or PMI – What’s Better?

If you are unable to put 20% down on the home you purchase, you have two options – pay PMI or take out a piggyback loan. Either way, you help lessen the risk the lender takes by providing you a loan without a large down payment. Both choices have the same end result –...

Assemble a Team to Help You When Buying a Fixer-Upper House

Houses that are move-in ready are a lot more convenient thinking that you don’t have to worry about anything else other than moving in. However, these properties can be very expensive.What makes fixer-upper houses very appealing is the attractive price tag. With some...

Why do You Need a Realtor for a New Construction Home?

Building your own home from the ground up is exciting. You get to choose many aspects of the home right from the start that you otherwise could not do with an existing home. Remember, however, it is still a home purchase and possibly one of the largest investments you...

How Often Is Often When Refinancing Your Mortgage

Timing is everything. This is especially true for refinancing mortgages whose decrease in rates can spell a difference in savings (monthly mortgage payments). And there is no limit as to how many times you can refinance your existing mortgage. There is no rule or...

Refinancing? How to Get the Best Rate on Your Next Mortgage

You want to refinance to save money each month. Now may be a good time as interest rates continue to stay low. But just because rates are low doesn’t mean you’ll get the lowest rate available. You have to make sure your loan application is as attractive as possible....

Mortgage Applications Slide Down in Latest Weekly Survey

In the week ending July 7, the volume of mortgage applications had acutely gone down 7.4 percent for the previous week. This data** is reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.SURVEY HIGHLIGHTSThe overall Market...

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Fed Defers Rate Hike as CPI Remains Unchanged

The Federal Reserve (Fed) decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate between 1 and 1.25 percent. This is in line with its economic data which shows inflation running below its targeted 2% threshold and as confirmed by the Consumer Price Index that...

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Homebuying Tips for the Season

Seasonality is probably something you did not think about when you first decided to get a home. But it’s a big factor in homebuying and could dictate the price options that are available to you.Aside from inventory and demand factors, there are also quite a checklist...

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Fed Raises Benchmark Rate Again, How Will This Affect You?

The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point, from 1% to 1.25%effective June 15, 2017. A reading of the Fed’s policymaking body, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)’s statement signals that this won’t be the last rate hike this...

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