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Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?

In today’s unpredictable COVID-19 employment environment, many Americans are feeling an economic pinch. Those who have student loans received temporary relief with the government CARES Act, but when that ends, some borrowers may be wondering how they are going to make their payments again. For homeowners, it may be possible to get a refinance loan to pay off all the student loan debt. But is this a smart solution? Pros of Paying off Student Loans with Refinance Money By taking out a refinance mortgage to pay off student loans, borrowers can consolidate their debts into one payment....

October 21st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?

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How to Get a Small Dollar Mortgage Loan

Buying a house is a straightforward process, right? You line up a lender, you find the right house and you get a mortgage to buy it. While this is the case in much of the country, there are plenty of regions where the home prices are too low for traditional home loans. How can a loan be “too small?” And where can buyers find alternate funding options? Small Dollar Mortgages Defined Most home loans under $100,000 are considered to be small dollar mortgages. In 2019, less than 10% of all U.S. single-family or condominium home purchases were for $100,000 or less. That’s a ...

October 7th, 2020 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, How to Get a Small Dollar Mortgage Loan

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Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

There are millions of potential U.S. homebuyers sitting on the sidelines wondering if it is smart to buy their first house in the midst of a global pandemic. Unemployment is the highest it's ever been, COVID-19 cases are still rising in many places, and home prices remain steep. And yet, great opportunities can often arise in the middle of economic turmoil. This may be a great time to become a first-time homebuyer. Timeframe One of the biggest concerns right now for many first-timers is whether the housing market will hold its value or if we’re in for a big crash as the coronav...

September 23rd, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

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The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

A conventional mortgage loan requires a 20% down payment. If you are a first-time homebuyer however, saving up tens of thousands of dollars can seem like an impossible task. Of course, there are loan programs, like FHA mortgages, that allow for low down payments, but they often have stricter requirements. For some of those programs, you may have to pay higher interest rates, have better credit scores, or pay higher mortgage insurance fees.  Fortunately, there is a little-known mortgage loan that requires no down payment and minimal fees: the USDA loan. USDA Loan Defined These are mo...

September 9th, 2020 | Government Loans, USDA Loans, The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

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Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

Mortgage interest rates are at all-time lows right now. It’s obviously a great time to refinance for lower rates and payments. Perhaps you are interested in paying off your mortgage loan faster though. Is refinancing into a shorter loan a good idea right now too? Interest Savings A 15-year fixed rate home loan is a popular option for borrowers looking to be mortgage-free sooner. These shorter loans come with even lower interest rates than 30-year mortgages, allowing homeowners to save thousands in interest. For example, for a borrower with a home valued at $300,000 with a 20% down ...

August 26th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

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Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

When potential buyers are ready to begin their dreams of homeownership, they often start by looking at real estate listings. The asking prices are the starting point for determining how much home a buyer can afford, but there are plenty of other costs and fees not spelled out in that one number. By looking at all the associated expenses, you can decide if you have enough money to buy a home. Down Payment Most mortgage loans require at least some down payment (VA loans for military are one big exception). A conventional loan an require as much as 20% down. For a $250,000 home, a 20% dow...

August 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

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