The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been bouncing between 6% and 7% this year. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to buy a home or not, it’s helpful to know exactly how a 1%, or even a 0.5%, mortgage rate shift affects your purchasing power. The chart below helps show the general relationship […]
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Buying a Vacation Home – 7 Steps to Financing a Second Home
Buying a second home is a big step, but one with personal and financial rewards. Perhaps the most obvious is — it’s a place to holiday. Owning a vacation home beats staying in a tiny hotel room, spares the hassle of having to make reservations, or worrying about the cost of rental rates and restaurant prices […]
One Way to Reduce the Impact of Higher Mortgage Rates
You should be especially interested in this tactic if you don’t plan to live in the home for more than 5-10 years, or if you’re looking to purchase using an FHA loan with less than 20 percent down.. Mortgage rates have risen by over two percentage points since the start of the year. The average 30-year […]
Does a Cash-Out Refi Affect Property Tax?
A cash-out refinance replaces your existing mortgage with a new home loan for more than you owe on your house. The difference goes to you in cash and you can spend it on home improvements, debt consolidation or other financial needs. You must have equity built up in your house to use a cash-out refinance. […]
Mortgage Rates Will Rise in 2021, 5 Reasons Why.
Mortgage interest rates are going to rise in 2021. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its most recent forecast sees two things that stand out. First, 2020 will prove itself to be the second biggest mortgage year in history. At over three trillion, 2020 will only stand behind 2003 in single family mortgage production history. Second, the MBA joined […]
What Is PMI… And How To Use It As A Wealth Building Tool
Before buying a home, you would ideally save enough money for a 20% down payment. You can get a home loan with less than a 20% down payment, but you’ll probably have to pay for mortgage insurance. The purpose of the insurance is to protect the mortgage company if you stop making your monthly mortgage payments and default […]
The Differences in Financing a Condo
Shifting demographics and the unique housing preferences of Millennials and aging Baby Boomers have driven the condo market to new heights in recent years. With Millennials and aging Baby Boomers preferring a more compact, walkable, town center-oriented lifestyle that is generally found in more densely populated urban centers — where condos are traditionally the primary […]
Understanding Mortgage Rate Locks
Understanding Closing Costs and How to Reduce Them When Purchasing or Refinancing a Home
When you take out a mortgage, whether it be to purchase or refinance a home, you must pay closing costs. These costs can vary and it’s important to know which costs are negotiable. There are fees that must be paid to the lender, those that must be paid to third parties (such as title/escrow and insurance), and […]
Can’t Afford 20% Down? You have Options!
You want to buy your own home or perhaps you’re a move up buyer looking to climb the property ladder and purchase a larger home. But there’s just one problem: You don’t have the cash for a 20% down payment. What should you do? First, let’s assess your current situation: Are you a first-time homebuyer? Or […]