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?”

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”

How to Shop for a Mortgage

After hitting record lows of 3.250% last year, mortgage rates have inched up a little and in the grand scheme of things…it is only a little!  The trend of course is upwards and like the stock market, it is not a straight line up, we have good days and bad days in the markets and MortgageContinue reading “How to Shop for a Mortgage”

The Good Faith Estimate

A good faith estimate (GFE) must be provided by a mortgage lender or broker in the United States to a customer.  The estimate must include an itemized list of fees and costs associated with the loan and must be provided within three business days of applying for a loan.  These mortgage fees, closing costs andContinue reading “The Good Faith Estimate”

Home Buying Checklist

Have you ever been out looking at houses to buy and found that after about the 5th or 6th house, they all start to blend together?  You can’t remember the individual features of each house…what you liked and didn’t like about each of them.  Looking at houses can be a fun but a daunting experience. Continue reading “Home Buying Checklist”

10 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

1.  Be picky, but don’t be unrealistic.  Your first home may need a little work, some paint, carpet and perhaps some other updates.  Remember, this is your first home and the first step in investing in your future. Don’t avoid a home because it has bright pink walls or ugly floors.  Do avoid a homeContinue reading “10 Tips for First Time Homebuyers”

So…What happend to Mortgage Rates??

As we have learned…The Fed, The Economy and Wall Street are very similar to the weather here in New England, just wait 5 minutes and it will be different. In this case it was a True Nor’ Eastah!! The Fed, which can be a love hate relationship, has a strategy that has been open-ended, itContinue reading “So…What happend to Mortgage Rates??”

National Open House Weekend April 20 and April 21, 2013

Did you know it is National Open House Weekend?  The National Association of Realtors is expecting to sell almost 10% of the current inventory. With lots of homes on the market and great low rates, this spring market is turning out to be fantastic!  This weekend real estate agents from around the area will beContinue reading “National Open House Weekend April 20 and April 21, 2013”

6 Things to Know About Credit Scores

By Jessica L. Anderson | Kiplinger – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 FICO isn’t the only number in town. The score that counts is the one your lender uses. 1. There is no single number. The compilers of the widely accepted FICO credit score allow lenders to customize their system, so different lenders produce different scores. Plus, eachContinue reading “6 Things to Know About Credit Scores”