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Refinancing Your Mortgage: Reasons You May Not Know About

Refinancing your mortgage is nothing more than replacing an existing home loan with another. Why refinance? Most homeowners refinance their mortgage because rates have fallen below the interest rate on their current mortgage. Lowering Your Mortgage Rate Each week, Freddie Mac comes out with its weekly mortgage rate survey which reports an average rate culled […]

Impound Accounts Explained

Impound accounts, sometimes referred to as Escrow accounts in other parts of the country, are funds set aside to take care of property taxes and insurance when due. Some loans require impound accounts while others leave them as an option. Let’s take a further look at these accounts and what they accomplish. Impound Accounts Explained […]

Short Term Loan vs. Long Term Loan? Why Your Choice Matters

Deciding on which home loan to take is usually a matter of choosing an interest rate. But for those who have never financed a home before, there are many more things to decide on besides the rate. You might be surprised at the array of loan choices available to you, including short-term loans and long-term […]

FHA Cash Out Refinance: What You Should Know

The FHA home loan program is by far the most popular financing option for first time buyers. Why? First, the low down payment is very attractive. FHA loans only need a down payment of just 3.5% of the sales price of the home. Second, qualifying for an FHA loan is a bit easier as credit […]

FHA Cash Out Refinance Loans in 2020

The Federal Housing Administration’s home loan program is one of the three government-backed loans and is also the most popular. The other two government-backed loans are the VA and USDA programs. The FHA loan is also the favorite for first-time homebuyers. There are several reasons for this popularity but primarily the minimum down payment is […]

Buying a New Home 2020? Here’s What You Need to Know

The New Year is upon us and if you’re going to start the New Year off jumping into the homebuying market. 2019 is just now appearing in our rearview mirror. There were several changes made which will all take effect on January 1, 2020. Many of the changes are more like “tweaks” to existing regulations […]

How to Finance a Mixed-Use Property- It’s Easier Than You Think

In real estate, a mixed-use property is one that contains both residential as well as commercial space within its interior walls. A commercial property is an income producing property and can be as varied as a gift shop to a doctor’s office. To finance a commercial property, a commercial loan is needed. These loans are […]

What is a Guaranteed Loan: USDA, VA and FHA

Have you heard the term “guaranteed loan?” It’s possible, but it’s mortgage industry parlance that describes a specific feature of a mortgage program. There are three such programs and they’re all guaranteed loans to some degree by the government. It’s a government-guaranteed loan and there are three of them. The three are the VA, FHA […]

Why Portfolio Loans are Important

There is a term in the mortgage industry called “portfolio lending” and it’s a specific type of home loan program that caters to a particular situation. Portfolio loans are so important that without it the real estate industry would suffer. What is a portfolio loan? It’s a loan that does not fit into any secondary […]

5 Questions First-Time Homebuyers Need to Ask

Buying a first home is probably the biggest financial decision someone can make. For those who already own their own homes they can relate. It’s a process that can be explained upfront but until someone goes through it, experience is the ultimate teacher. Finding, buying and financing a home can be a rather drawn out […]