5 Steps to Buying a Condo in 2021

Buying a condo for the first time can be a smart path to homeownership in 2021. Condos offer homeownership at a lower purchase price than single-family homes and a lot less maintenance. Buying a condo also offers community living, access to shared amenities such as fitness centers, pools, tennis courts, or parks. As a result, condos are […]

You Don’t Need 20% Down for a Good Mortgage

For many homeowners, saving money for a large down payment can take years. Add to that rising house prices and discouragement can set in, especially if house prices are rising faster than you can save. But you don’t need to put 20% down on a new home to get a good mortgage. In fact, putting […]

How to Use Home Equity to Buy a Second Home

Mortgage rates are still low and a lot of homeowners are thinking about expanding their portfolio. If you have a good chunk of home equity right now, it’s a good time to think about investing in a second property. I’ve been fielding questions from clients recently: Is now a good time to purchase an investment […]

Behind on Mortgage Payments? Request a Loan Modification

  If you’re behind on your mortgage payments or even facing foreclosure, you might be able to save your mortgage by requesting a loan modification or refinancing your mortgage. On July 23, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a new plan to offer mortgage relief to homeowners, reducing some mortgage payments by up to 25%. Under […]

Refinance Rates Drop as FHFA Eliminates Fee

Last week on July 16, 2021, the FHFA formally announced plans to eliminate the 0.5% adverse market refinance fee, sending lenders into a competitive race to drop rates for qualified borrowers ahead of schedule. According to the FHFA press release, “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will eliminate the Adverse Market Refinance Fee for loan deliveries […]

Jumbo Loan Limits for 2021: Shop with Confidence

Earlier this year, jumbo loan limits increased to $548,250 in most of the U.S. and up to $822,275 in high-cost areas. Why does this matter? Jumbo loan limits put mortgages in two distinct buckets: conforming home loans and non-conforming home loans. Depending on your homeownership goals, you might want to shop within conforming limits so […]

Primary Residence: The Real Definition and Why it Matters

First, primary residence and principal residence mean the same thing. So when we talk about mortgages, primary residence and principal residence are interchangeable terms. What is a Primary Residence? In short, a primary residence is the main location where a person lives. It could be a home, condo, apartment, or even a boat. The main defining criteria are simple: […]

When Should I Buy Mortgage Points?

When you’re ready to buy a home, you can lower your interest rate by buying mortgage points. If getting the lowest interest rate is your primary goal, then choosing to buy mortgage points or “discount” points can make a lot of sense. But paying mortgage points at closing isn’t always the best financial decision when […]

Financing a Condotel Loan (It’s Easier Than You Might Think)

If you’re having trouble getting a condotel loan or financing a luxury condominium, you’re not alone. Many property owners and investors are looking to diversify their portfolios while rates are still low. But conventional guideline restrictions on condotels and non-warrantable condos have made it a little more challenging to apply and get approved. Well-qualified borrowers […]