Category Archives: Homebuyer

Understanding the ‘Qualified Mortgage’ or QM and Why It’s Important to New Home Buyers

Are you shopping for a home or a new mortgage? If you are interested in finding the best possible financial product, it is important to consider the benefits of selecting a Qualified Mortgage. With so many different types of loan products to choose from and financial terms to learn, schooling yourself on the mortgage market before you buy your first home or apply for your first refinance mortgage may seem like a daunting task. Luckily, there are resources that are designed to help you learn the basics of products and terms so that all consumers have the power to inform themselves before securing a loan. What ... Click to Continue

Three Surprising Spots in Your Home That Might Be Aggravating Your Allergies

Environmental allergens affect the way many people live their lives and clean their homes. Allergens make their way into our houses, and can settle in some unexpected places – but knowing where these irritants can hide can help you eliminate problematic allergens from your home. If your house has you sneezing and wheezing in every room, here are three allergy-triggering places where you wouldn’t expect to find allergens in the home. Allergens Lurking In Your Living Room Visitors to your home brings allergens with them. Allergens are easily transferred from your visitors onto your carpet ... Click to Continue

USDA Mortgages: Take Advantage of These Low-rate Mortgage Loans to Buy a New Home

                  Are you thinking about buying a home in a rural or suburban area? If so, you'll want to take a look at the United States Department of Agriculture's mortgage programs as you may qualify for them. In today's blog post we'll introduce the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, explain the benefits of this mortgage program and how to determine if you qualify. What is a USDA Mortgage Loan? The USDA mortgage program is one of a number of programs in which the federal government will guarantee a ... Click to Continue

The FHA Hawk Program for New Homebuyers is Coming:

  The FHA offers many new programs and incentives for new homebuyers to take advantage of so that they can be part of the effort to ease the credit crisis. If you are in the process of shopping for a mortgage prior to shopping for your new home, it can benefit you to learn about programs that you may qualify for that are being created by the Federal Housing Administration and piloted. One such plan, which is has been approved as a four-year pilot program, is referred to as the FHA HAWK Program. Read on to learn how this program works and how it can affect mortgage insurance premiums. What is th ... Click to Continue

The Winter Buying Season Is Coming: Here Are 3 Tips to Help You Secure a Favorable Mortgage Rate

  The best way to ensure you get a good rate on your mortgage is to become an informed buyer. The more you know about mortgages, the more you'll be able to save, and that doesn't just mean knowing where to find the best interest rate. While interest rates play an important role in determining the price of your mortgage, there's always more to a mortgage than just the interest rate. Here are three things you need to know about mortgages to make sure you secure a favorable rate before this buying season is over. Understand The Fees Involved - And How To Avoid Them Aside from the in ... Click to Continue

Turned Down for a Mortgage? What to Do if You are Declined – and How to Get Second Opinion

  If you have been declined for a mortgage, you may think that home ownership is out of reach. However, there are ways to turn a rejection into an approval and to find a more accessible loan. Here are just a few steps you can take to learn about your loan options and get the mortgage that works for you. Find Out Why The Mortgage Application Was Denied The first step to getting a second opinion is to find out why your mortgage application was denied. Banks commonly deny mortgages for reasons like a low credit score, a high debt-to-income ratio, or concerns about the applicant's past and present emplo ... Click to Continue

Yard Staging: How to Stage Your Front and Back Yard to Appeal to Home Buyers

Whether you're just listing your home for sale or you've already started entertaining potential buyers, focusing on your "curb appeal" can drastically increase your chances of a quick and successful sale. In today's blog post we'll discuss how to stage your front and back yards in order to make them seem more inviting and welcoming to home buyers. It All Starts with a Great Lawn Whether you're standing on the street looking at the front of your home or you're on your patio looking out over your back yard, your lawn sets the tone and is one area that potential buyers are sure to focus on. You'll want to ensu ... Click to Continue

You Ask, We Answer: What is a “Reverse Mortgage”?

If you've recently considered your options for taking some of the equity out of your home you may have heard about reverse mortgage loans. If you meet the requirements for a reverse mortgage it can be an excellent way to tap into the value of your home, freeing up that cash to be reinvested or used for other purposes. In today's blog post we'll explore reverse mortgage loans, explaining how they work and whether or not you're qualified to receive one. How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work? As the name implies, a reverse mortgage is the opposite of a traditional or "forward" mortgage in which you borrow a lump su ... Click to Continue

You Ask, We Answer: What is Private Mortgage Insurance or ‘PMI’ and How Does It Work?

For many homeowners, their mortgage payment contains more than just principal and interest. A little something called PMI could be representing a significant portion of that payment, and it's important for home buyers to understand this cost. What Is PMI? PMI stands for private mortgage insurance, or sometimes just mortgage insurance. However, it isn't intended to mitigate risk for the homeowner, but rather the bank. Statistics show that when a home buyer puts less than 20% down on a home, he/she is much more likely to default. So, requiring these buyers to carry PMI helps the bank hedge their losses in ... Click to Continue

Whatever You Do – Don’t Make These Common Mortgage Mistakes

Are you applying for a mortgage on your home? Keep in mind that a mortgage is a major financial decision and choosing one will have a significant impact on the rest of your life. Many people go into this decision without understanding all of the essential mortgage information they need to know, which means that they are likely to make poor choices that will result in paying much more than they need to. If you want to save yourself from throwing away your hard earned money, here are a few common mistakes to avoid: Trying to Bottom Out the Market Many people will wait too long to make a de ... Click to Continue