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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 10, 2017
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 10, 2017

Last week’s economic data included releases on construction spending and labor-related reports including ADP Payrolls, Non-Farm Payrolls, national unemployment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
It’s Tax Time: Learn How Buying a New Home Can Help to Reduce Your Tax Burden
By April 7, 2017 Read More →

It’s Tax Time: Learn How Buying a New Home Can Help to Reduce Your Tax Burden

Most people do not look forward to tax time, whether they get money back or not, but as a homeowner there are a lot of things you can do that will help to reduce your taxes and get you a refund. If you’re getting prepared to invest in a home and are wondering how it can benefit you, here are some deductions you’ll want to watch out for.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
Buying a Home With a Mortgage? Here’s What You Can Expect at Your Closing Meeting
By April 6, 2017 Read More →

Buying a Home With a Mortgage? Here’s What You Can Expect at Your Closing Meeting

If you’ve decided to invest and have finally found your ideal home, it’s probably an exciting time for you and your family. But before the deal is sealed, there will be a closing meeting so that all of the loose ends can be tied up. If you want to be ready for closing and are curious what the final meeting will entail, here are a few things to be prepared for.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
Your Debt-To-Income Ratio and How It Affects Your Mortgage
By April 5, 2017 Read More →

Your Debt-To-Income Ratio and How It Affects Your Mortgage

When you’re delving into the market in the hopes of finding your dream home, it’s likely you’ll come across the term debt-to-income ratio. This may not seem important at first, but your DTI is the key to determining the amount of money you can put into your home and just how much you should spend on a monthly basis. If you’re curious about what this means for you, here’s how to calculate it and how it can impact your mortgage.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
Understanding Mortgage Amortizations and Why Longer Periods Can Cost More
By April 4, 2017 Read More →

Understanding Mortgage Amortizations and Why Longer Periods Can Cost More

Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and that’s why so many people have longer mortgage amortization periods to pay down the principal. While it may seem appealing to have a longer amortization period, here’s why an extended loan term can end up costing you more and may be less financially beneficial when it comes right down to it.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 3, 2017
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – April 3, 2017

Last week’s economic news included Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports, pending home sales, and consumer confidence readings. Weekly readings on average mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released.

Posted in: Mortgage Rates
Student Loans vs. Down Payments: 3 Ways You Can Manage Both and Buy a New Home
By March 31, 2017 Read More →

Student Loans vs. Down Payments: 3 Ways You Can Manage Both and Buy a New Home

The idea of paying off your student loans and buying a home at the same time can seem like an impossible feat given the impact on your Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratio. However, there are ways it’s possible to have enough funds and good enough credit to make your dream of home ownership come true a little more quickly.

Posted in: Home Buyer Tips
Trim Your Mortgage Closing Costs by Following This Easy 3 Step Guide
By March 30, 2017 Read More →

Trim Your Mortgage Closing Costs by Following This Easy 3 Step Guide

You may be so busy with determining your debt-to-income ratio and deciding what kind of offer to make that closing costs have gotten lost in the mix, but it’s important to remember that finalizing your mortgage will cost you extra. While there’s no way to get around paying money to solidify your mortgage, there are a few steps you can take in order to make it more economical for you.

Posted in: Home Mortgage Tips
Worried About Climate Change? Here Are 4 Ways to Make Your Home More Climate Friendly
By March 29, 2017 Read More →

Worried About Climate Change? Here Are 4 Ways to Make Your Home More Climate Friendly

Many people are concerned with having a negative impact on the environment, but it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to climate friendly solutions around the home. Whether you’re planning for a future investment or are interested in fixing-up the home you’re in, here are some solutions for greening up your personal space that won’t bust the bank.

Posted in: Around The Home
Renovating on a Budget? Check Out These Equity-boosting Inexpensive Home Upgrades
By March 28, 2017 Read More →

Renovating on a Budget? Check Out These Equity-boosting Inexpensive Home Upgrades

The idea of embarking on home renovations may strike many homeowners as an expensive one, but there are plenty of ways that you can easily upgrade your home without spending a lot of money. If you’re looking for improvements that will truly (and frugally) improve the value of your home, here are a few do-it-yourself options you may want to consider.

Posted in: Around The Home