Selling your Home in less than 10 Years?

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage provides a specific fixed rate term before becoming an adjustable mortgage.  An example: A 10/1 ARM is fixed for the first 10 years and then becomes a 1 year adjustable rate for the remaining term of the mortgage, thus giving you 10 years  of security at a fixed rate. Advantages: If you knowContinue reading “Selling your Home in less than 10 Years?”

Is It Impossible to Get a Mortgage Loan?

Is It Impossible to Get a Mortgage Loan? The Challenges: With the numbers of recent foreclosures, lenders are having to re-purchase defaulted loans, often for minor technicalities. Losses incurred by some companies have forced them out of business. As a result, not only have lending rules tightened, but underwriters are also being forced to followContinue reading “Is It Impossible to Get a Mortgage Loan?”

Do You Know How To OPT OUT?

In the recent events that took place with Equifax that compromised 140 Million consumers. It is extremely important to know how to OPT OUT of any of these solicitations so that you don’t become one of the statistics.  The bad news: It is common practice for the three credit repositories (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) toContinue reading “Do You Know How To OPT OUT?”

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

In Today’s Real Estate Market, it is more important than ever to have a Pre-Qualification in hand when shopping for a home that has been prepared by a reputable Lender, Bank or Credit Union.  The terminology has changed from Pre-Approval to Pre-Qualification depending upon the detail of the Approval provided. Pre-Qualification A mortgage loan pre-qualification isContinue reading “Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval”

The Perfect Loan File

This article came from Mark Greene contributor to Forbes Magazine.  It is very helpful to all of us so that we can truly understand what is going on in this industry and so that we can educate our buyers and sellers. The media has it all wrong – securing mortgage approval and satisfying credit underwritingContinue reading “The Perfect Loan File”

A Proper Moving Checklist 8 Weeks Prior to Closing

So, you bought a new home!!  Congratulations!!! Now it is time to plan the Move.  Are you Ready?  Excited? Anxious?  Purchasing a new home is the American Dream and you have worked hard to get here.  Moving can be overwhelming, but  If you have a written out plan of attack, it will make things goContinue reading “A Proper Moving Checklist 8 Weeks Prior to Closing”

What’s the Point?

Unless you have bought a home, you probably haven’t heard the term point or mortgage point.  Or maybe you have heard the term but don’t quite know what it means.  Having a general knowledge of what a point is and how it works can help you to make important financial decisions when buying a home.Continue reading “What’s the Point?”

Mortgage Document Checklist

Mortgage documents….not sure what that means?  Not sure what’s being asked of you to provide for your loan application?  The list of documents necessary to process your application is relatively short but it contains specific items that are needed.  And in some cases, you are given very specific directions like provide all pages…including the blankContinue reading “Mortgage Document Checklist”

Understanding how your Credit Works

Credit scores were developed by Fair Isaac and company (FICO). The models created using FICO take all the detailed information about your credit report and produce your credit score using different weights and factors contained in the FICO scoring models. The purpose of a FICO score is to show how likely you are to becomeContinue reading “Understanding how your Credit Works”

Home Buying Closing Costs: What to Expect

Your mortgage lender, real estate agent, real estate attorney, or settlement agent should be in touch with you a few days before your closing settlement with the final amount of money you’ll need to close on a purchase of a home. However, in some cases, the call may come too close for comfort and mayContinue reading “Home Buying Closing Costs: What to Expect”