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Meeting Your Home’s Former Owners Before and After the Sale

Buying and selling a home can be a strange combination of very personal feelings and very impersonal relations. Both the buyer and the seller usually have strong emotional connections to the house, but in the course of making the sale, the two parties don’t always meet in person. If you don’t get an opportunity to […]

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Strategies for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster

When taking out a mortgage, buyers often consider how they will get a rate that will enable them to pay off their mortgage as quickly as possible. In other words, they want the lowest rate possible, as we all do. Many times it is often only those that are approaching retirement that actually start to […]

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Debt to Income Ratio Basics: The Importance of Your DTI

Fundamentally, your debt to income ratio (DTI) is the percentage of your income that is used to pay your debts, and is often abbreviated to the ‘debt ratio.’ Your ‘income‘ is your total gross income from all sources before tax, and the ‘debts‘ cover everything that you are currently repaying. For example, let’s say you […]

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Why Pay Points on a Mortgage: Are Points a Benefit or Not?

Why pay points on a mortgage, and how do they benefit you? Points are a typically American arrangement, and refer to payments made in order to receive a lower interest rate. They have certain advantages, although these are not universal. Here are some details on mortgage points, and how they can be used to your […]

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Refinance Basics: Should You Refinance Your Home?

Should you refinance your home? Since we can only speak in regards to refinancing on a general basis, before you make a decision to refinance your home you should be sure to speak with a mortgage professional. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and what applies to one person might not apply to you. Before making a […]

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Mortgage Lock Basics: Should You Lock-In Your Mortgage Rate?

A mortgage lock can work for you or against you depending upon the terms of the mortgage rate lock in period and upon the current behavior of the economy as seen in the equities and bond markets (stock markets). Because these are common variables, it is not always easy to provide a definitive answer as to […]

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Private Mortgage Insurance Basics: The Fundamentals of PMI

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a form of protection for mortgage lenders in the event of borrowers defaulting on their payments. If a borrow takes a mortgage that is more than 80% of the purchase price of their home, then they must also purchase mortgage insurance to protect the lender. In other words, you need […]

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Buy Vs Rent Basics: Should You Buy or Rent A Home

The question of whether to rent or buy is no longer a clear cut economic one. Many people who can afford to buy their home are choosing to rent instead because they no longer have confidence in home ownership. If you can’t afford your rent you move on, but if you cannot pay your mortgage […]

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The Mortgage Application Process: First Steps in Buying a Home

The mortgage application process is the first step required if you need a loan to purchase residential real estate. The correct name for this is the Uniform Residential Loan Application, and takes the form of a substantial application form in which you must provide all the personal information needed for a lender to make a […]

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FICO Credit Score Basics

FICO credit scores are use by lenders to assess how likely you are to be able to repay a loan. If you intend applying for a mortgage, knowing how FICO credit scores work could be of advantage to you. Understanding them might enable you to improve your credit score before you make your application. First, […]

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