Do I Need To Sell My Home Before I Can Qualify For A New Mortgage On Another Property?

April 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence. Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job transfer?  Regardless of the motivation for keeping one property while purchasing […]

What Do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property’s Value?

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property. A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their physical property inspection. However, the appraiser actually already has a good idea of the […]

Where Does My Earnest Money Go?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Hey, I gave my real estate agent a $5000 Earnest Money Deposit check… Where does that money go? A basic and very obvious question that most First-Time home Buyers ask once their purchase contract gets accepted. According to Wikipedia: Earnest Money – an earnest payment (sometimes called earnest money or simply earnest, or alternatively a […]

What Does Title Insurance Protect Me From?

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By including title insurance when purchasing property, your title insurer takes on accountability for legal expenses to defend your property title, should it ever be challenged. Many different occurrences can come into play to warrant the need for title insurance. The title company responsible will then take on the legal expenses to defend the property […]

Should I Refinance or Get a HELOC For Home Improvements?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

For homeowners interested in making some property improvements without tapping into their savings or investment accounts, the two main options are to either take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), or do a cash-out refinance. According To Wikipedia: A home equity line of credit is a loan in which the lender agrees to […]

Calculating The Net Benefit Of A Refinance Transaction

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Calculating the net benefit of refinancing can be a challenging task if you do not understand what to calculate. We are going to focus on the net benefits of refinancing from the standpoint of lowering your interest rate. Although there are several reasons to refinance, lowering your mortgage rate to save on interest payments over […]

Understanding the Difference Between an Appraisal vs Neighborhood Listing Prices

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Why is there such a difference between what my appraised value is and the price similar homes are selling for on my street? It’s a great question, and you don’t have to be a mortgage professional or a real estate agent to understand the answer. The distinction lies in the purpose of the two valuations […]

How Do Mortgage Companies Value A Property That Has Not Been Built Yet?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

It’s obviously easier to picture the process of estimating value on an existing property in a neighborhood that has a history of home sales, but the task of determining the value on new construction projects does pose some challenges. Appraisals on homes that haven’t been built yet generally require the contractor and home buyer to […]

HOA Hurdles to be Aware of When Looking at New Properties

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

A Home Owner Association (HOA) can have a huge impact on your life when you buy a home in a PUD (Planned Unit Development) or Condominium Project. According to Wikipedia: A homeowners’ association (abbrev. HOA) is an organization created by a real estate developer for the purpose of developing, managing and selling a development of […]

How Are Mortgage Rates Determined?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Many people believe that interest rates are simply set by lenders, but the reality is that mortgage rates are largely determined by what is known as the Secondary Market. The secondary market is comprised of investors who buy the loans made by banks, brokers, lenders, etc. and then either hold them for their earnings, or […]

Why Do I Need To Pay A VA Funding Fee?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

The VA Funding Fee is an essential component of the VA home loan program, and is a requirement of any Veteran taking advantage of this zero down payment government loan program. This fee ranges from 1.25% to 3.3% of the loan amount, depending upon the circumstances. On a $150,000 loan that’s an additional $1,875 to […]

Why Do I Need Mortgage Insurance?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Mortgage Insurance, sometimes referred to as Private Mortgage Insurance, is required by lenders on conventional home loans if the borrower is financing more than 80% Loan-To-Value. According to Wikipedia: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is insurance payable to a lender or trustee for a pool of securities that may be required when taking out a mortgage […]

How Do I Calculate My Mortgage Payment Without Using A Mortgage Calculator?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Calculating an exact mortgage payment without a calculator on a loan is no small task, but there are some simple rules-of-thumb you can use to get a close estimate. With the exception of the MIT Blackjack Team, performing this type of complex math in your head often leads to frustrating rants. When coming up with […]

Do I Have To Continue Making My Mortgage Payment If My Lender Goes Bankrupt?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

When mortgage lenders go out of business and are essentially taken over by the FDIC, homeowners are left wondering if they still need to make a monthly payment. Great thought, and a very common question for many borrowers in the 2006-2010 timeframe. The short answer is YES, you still have to continue making mortgage payments […]

Is There A Rule-of-Thumb Regarding The Number Of Credit Lines To Have Open?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

While the actual credit score has a big impact on a loan approval, it’s not the only component of the credit scenario that underwriters consider for a mortgage approval. Since loan programs, individual lenders and mortgage insurance companies all have their own credit report restrictions, it’s difficult to define a standard Rule-of-Thumb to follow. However, […]

What’s The Difference Between A Primary Residence, Second Home and Investment Property?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

When applying for a mortgage, a borrower’s “Occupancy Type” is a major factor in the amount of down payment required, loan program available and mortgage interest rate. Whether you are purchasing, doing a rate/term refinance or taking equity out of your property through a cash out refinance, occupancy type is always considered by the underwriter. […]

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