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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 26, 2016

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 26, 2016

Last week’s economic news included readings on consumer spending, core inflation new home sales and regularly scheduled readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

By December 26, 2016 Read More →
After the Sale: The Next Steps and What You’ll Need to Do Before You Move Out

After the Sale: The Next Steps and What You’ll Need to Do Before You Move Out

Getting an offer on your home can certainly make it feel like the hard part is over, but even after the deal is sealed there’s still a lot to do when it comes to moving out. Whether you’re getting prepared for a future move or your buyer has just signed on the dotted line, here are the first steps to take once it’s certain your property is off the market.

By December 23, 2016 Read More →
Understanding the HARP Program and How to Qualify for a HARP Mortgage

Understanding the HARP Program and How to Qualify for a HARP Mortgage

Interest rates may be relatively low, but if you’re a homeowner who is struggling with your monthly mortgage payment, it may be time to consider what re-financing options are available on the market. If you are looking for a lower interest rate to improve your financial health, here’s what you need to know about the HARP program so you can take advantage of a better rate.

By December 22, 2016 Read More →
Mythbusting: Understanding Mortgage Myths and Why They Shouldn’t Hold You Back

Mythbusting: Understanding Mortgage Myths and Why They Shouldn’t Hold You Back

With the fluctuations in real estate and the increasing cost of home ownership, many people are entering the market with more trepidation these days. If you’re interested in purchasing a home but are unsure about whether it will get approved, here are a few myths you may want to dispel.

By December 21, 2016 Read More →
Graduating Soon? Tips to Prepare You for Your First Mortgage

Graduating Soon? Tips to Prepare You for Your First Mortgage

If you’ve recently graduated from college, or will be graduating soon, and plan to become a homeowner, you’re in a somewhat unique position. You’re about to embark on a great journey, but at the same time, you may also be taking on an awful lot of debt. That said, it is possible to successfully manage a high debt load if you’re careful.

By December 20, 2016 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 19, 2016

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – December 19, 2016

Housing news was boosted by the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, which posted its highest readings since July of 2002. In other news, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the federal funds rate and Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a press conference. Mortgage rates rose and weekly jobless claims fell.

By December 19, 2016 Read More →
Buying a New Home? Use This Checklist to Ensure Your Finances Are in Order

Buying a New Home? Use This Checklist to Ensure Your Finances Are in Order

Buying a home is a significant expense. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time buyer or have experience. Unless you have a large pile of cash, you’ll need to ensure your finances are in order before closing. In this post we’ll explore four financial items you’ll want to check off before buying a new home.

By December 16, 2016 Read More →
Not so Fast: 3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Avoid Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

Not so Fast: 3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Avoid Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

The burden of debt, especially when it comes to the high price tag of a home, can be a significant worry to many people. Whether you’ve recently come into money or you’re working hard to bump up your monthly mortgage payments, here are some reasons you may want to hold off on paying it off too quickly.

By December 15, 2016 Read More →
Self-Employed? Here’s What You’ll Need to Get a Mortgage Approval

Self-Employed? Here’s What You’ll Need to Get a Mortgage Approval

There’s a lot of flexibility and personal freedom associated with self-employment that can be a great benefit to your lifestyle and your pocketbook. If you’ve recently become self-employed or have been in the game for a while, here are some things you may want to consider before submitting your mortgage application.

By December 14, 2016 Read More →
Winter’s Coming: Learn How to Prepare Your Plants, Trees and Other Landscaping

Winter’s Coming: Learn How to Prepare Your Plants, Trees and Other Landscaping

From the approaching holiday season to the New Year, there are a lot of things to prepare for when it comes to the winter. If you’re wondering how to ready your trees, your plants and your yard, here are some tips for saving your vegetation until the springtime.

By December 13, 2016 Read More →