Be Prepared for Your Mortgage Pre-approval Interview

So – you’ve completed an initial mortgage pre-qualification and now you’re ready to take the next step and meet with your lender or mortgage advisor for the pre-approval interview. Are you ready? At this stage of the application process your lender will dig into your financial background to ensure that you’re fully capable of making your mortgage payments... [Read more of this blog post]

Home Builder Index Stays Near Nine Year Peak

Home Builder Sentiment slipped to a reading of 57 in December according to the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. November’s reading of 58 prompted analysts to project a reading of 59 for December. The latest reading marks the sixth consecutive month for readings above 50. Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders are positive about... [Read more of this blog post]

The Week Ahead For Mortgage Rates – December 15, 2014

Although there were few scheduled economic events related to mortgages and housing, last week brought an article about housing projections for 2015. Other news included increased job openings along with lower than expected jobless claims and higher mortgage rates. Job Openings, Retail Sales and Mortgage Rates Rise The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that November... [Read more of this blog post]

Three Hot Renovations That Will Boost Your Home’s Value

Are you feeling the “renovation itch” or perhaps looking for a fun project that you can take on which will provide you with a return on your investment? There are numerous home upgrades and renovations that can add value to a home without costing a large sum of money to complete. Let’s take a look at three popular home renovations that can increase your... [Read more of this blog post]

How Property Taxes Work and What You Can Expect to Pay

Are you about to buy a house or condo for the first time? Congratulations! Owning your own piece of real estate is a liberating experience and one that will provide you with the foundation to build your personal wealth and equity. Once you own your own home you’ll be responsible for a variety of new costs, including property taxes which are assessed by your local... [Read more of this blog post]

Three Tips That Can Help Lower Closing Costs

Whether you’re about to close on a lovely new house for your growing family or a stylish beachfront condo so you can retire close to the ocean, one thing is certain: you’re going to face a variety of closing costs. Insurance, taxes, financing fees, title fees, attorney fees and other costs will need to be paid, and if you’re a savvy buyer you’ll... [Read more of this blog post]

Understanding Mortgage Insurance and Mortgage Options

Are you thinking about using mortgage financing to buy a new home? If so, you’ve likely heard about mortgage insurance policies requirements and you may be wondering how they will affect you. In today’s blog post we’ll explore mortgage insurance and explain the difference between conventional, FHA, VA and USDA mortgage insurance policies. How Does Private... [Read more of this blog post]

The Week Ahead For Mortgage Rates – December 8, 2014

Last week’s economic reports related to housing and mortgages were few, but construction spending, the Fed’s Beige Book report, non-farm payrolls and the national unemployment report indicated trends for the end of the year. Construction Spending Increases U.S. construction spending rose by 1.10 percent in October according to the Commerce Department. This... [Read more of this blog post]

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