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Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?

One of the biggest obstacles to homeownership is coming up with enough cash for a down payment. When your own savings are not adding up quickly enough and you don’t have a rich uncle to tap for an early inheritance, you may find some help in a down payment assistant programs. Down Payment Assistance Programs Many state and local governments as well as local lending institutions and non-profit organizations have created down payment assistance programs because of their vested interest in helping residents and fellow community members become homeowners. Those who own homes are likely...

April 10th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?

5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

After sitting down at the mortgage closing table to sign all the paperwork, you get the keys and can breathe a sigh of relief. But before you tuck all those mortgage papers away for good, there are at least 5 things you still need to do after closing to make sure everything is on track. 1. Figure Out the Start Date of the First Payment Your lender or title company should have let you know this important fact before or at closing, but with so many papers and numbers being thrown at you, it might get missed. Your escrow account often requires enough money from you at closing to cover ...

March 13th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, 5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

What is the Right Mortgage for Buying a Fixer-Upper?

You have found your dream house but it will take significant work to make it a home. You do not have cash in savings to pay for both a down payment and the repair costs. Not to worry - this is not a hopeless situation. Fortunately, there are two types of mortgage loans available for just this scenario:  The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 203(k) rehabilitation loan or Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage. FHA 203(k) Mortgage The Federal Housing administration has provided a home loan that allows buyers to borrow enough money to cover the price of the home plus the estimated...

February 13th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Purchasing a Home, What is the Right Mortgage for Buying a Fixer-Upper?

Are Fixed Rate Mortgages or Adjustable Rate Mortgages better for me?

When you are in the market for a mortgage, one of the many decisions you’ll have to make is whether to apply for a fixed-rate loan or an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). Both can be beneficial, depending on your situation. Learning the difference between them can ensure you get the right product for your financial goals. Fixed-Rate Mortgages Fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) are just as their name suggests - loan with a fixed interest rate, a rate that never changes over the course of the mortgage. The obvious benefit of this type of loan is that your monthly payment, as well as your inte...

August 15th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Fixed Rate Mortgages, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Refinancing a Home, Are Fixed Rate Mortgages or Adjustable Rate Mortgages better for me?

Should I Pay Mortgage Points?

If you are buying a home or refinancing, you have probably heard about “mortgage points.” This form of pre-paid interest can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your loan but in many circumstances is not worth the upfront cost. How do you know whether to pay points or not? Here’s a quick guide to help you figure it out. What are Mortgage Points? Mortgage points – also known as discount points - are essentially a way to pay some of the interest upfront on your home loan. One point is equal to 1% of your mortgage amount. For example, one point on a $100...

July 18th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, Should I Pay Mortgage Points?

4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Know About Mortgage Brokers

Buying a home in California, whether for the first time or the last, is an exciting event. Yet before you even take a look at a single home for sale, it is a smart idea to have your mortgage financing lined up. While it is possible to get a home loan directly with your local credit union or bank, the most common mortgage-makers are mortgage brokers. If you are ready to apply for a home loan, here are 4 things you need to know about mortgage brokers before starting the process. A broker is a middleman Mortgage brokers act as go-betweens for you and many different potential lenders. Instead o...

June 20th, 2018 | mortgage brokers, 4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Know About Mortgage Brokers