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When is it Better to Use a Mortgage Broker?

Deciding to use a mortgage broker is a big decision and one that can save you a lot of money. Most people shop around for the lowest mortgage rate, which is a smart move. But it’s not always the best financial move. The truth is, your mortgage is a complex financial agreement that defines every […]

Is It Still Worth it to Refinance My Mortgage?

Refinance rates are hovering below 3% for qualified borrowers, so if you haven’t refinanced a mortgage in the past six months, now is the time to take action. I’ve been getting emails from clients asking if it’s still a smart time to refinance. Yes! Keep reading to learn which mortgage refinance loans might be the […]

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: […]

How to Apply: No Income Verification Loan in 2021

If you’re self-employed, have a high net worth, or want to apply for a mortgage without having to verify your income, then the no income verification loan might be worth considering. Just like it sounds, a no income verification loan doesn’t require proof of regular income to qualify. Qualifying criteria are much more stringent, but […]

How to Use Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) as Qualifying Income Toward Your Mortgage

Does your employer offer restricted stock units as part of your compensation package? Recently, a client asked if they could use restricted stock units as qualifying income to apply for a home loan. It’s becoming more common for big tech companies like Amazon and Google and large corporations to offer company stock to their employees. […]

Will Mortgage Rates Rise With Inflation and For How Long?

Mortgage rates are starting to fluctuate, and there are a lot of predictions floating around about rising mortgage rates. But the pandemic has taught us that nothing is for sure. Trends that used to be predictable are in question. So how can we know whether or not mortgage rates are going to rise or stay […]

Is Buying a Home a Smart Move Right Now?

For a lot of people, this has been the year of transition. Work from home, back to the office, zoom school, back to campus, hybrid everything, and each month there’s a new set of rules. The big question I’ve heard a lot—is buying a home still a smart move? Is now a bad time to […]

Can I Refinance My Mortgage Without An Appraisal?

When you’re getting ready to refinance your mortgage, one factor that impacts the terms of your new loan is the appraisal. A current home appraisal creates the basis of your home’s value in today’s housing market. But not every mortgage refinance requires a home appraisal. This can relieve a lot of stress for homeowners who […]

Why USDA Loans Are Rising in Popularity in 2021

Many homeowners have been talking about relocating, and it’s not a surprise after this past year. Some people want to cash out and head to the coastline, while others want to move where the cost of living is lower. Lately, I get asked whether or not the USDA loan would be a good fit for […]