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Buying a House or a Home?
A house is just that, a house, until someone lives in it. That's when it becomes a Home. There's a big difference. At our house, we always say our home is "well lived in." And, with a family of six, four of them being between the ages of 9 and 15, this house has no choice! Our house, being in the family for over 65 years, is a well seasoned "home."
Who wouldn't love to live in a luxurious home with all the newest gadgets and high tech inventions? Well, I would venture to guess that most of us have thought of it. But, what's really important when you consider buying a home?
If you're a seasoned home shopper you may already have learned from experience what type, location, and price of home is good for your family. Setting some guidelines and priorities is a good way to start the hunt. First, make a wish list. This is a great starting point for anyone and will help get your priorities in order! Knowing what you want or need is half the battle.
This will include some essential questions you need to ask yourself also like, what you can afford?, are you willing to do renovations and how much?, and lists specific needs for your family.
Location, Location, Location...
Location can be flexible for some families, but must be specific for other families. Work, disabilities, and children are just a few factors that can influence location necessities or desires. For instance, if you don't want to commute long distance to work you will need to consider travel time to work. If you or a family member have disabilities that require special treatments or services, you will need to consider travel time to current providers, or consider availability of services in the new location. Local schools, and their reputations, will play an important role in location for those families with children, as well as neighborhood safety.
There's no satisfaction in qualifying for a loan that you can't afford! Consider your other obligations and how the new payment will affect your budget.
Sometimes, scrupulous mortgage brokers and lenders don't really consider if you can actually "afford" the loan for your home. They boast that they can get "anybody" a loan. That's easy when you don't really care about the final results. Besides, it's a secured loan, which means, your commitment is secured by your property. They'll simply take your home if you don't meet your commitment. So, be careful. Always use a reputable company for your mortgage needs. They may not tell you what you want to hear, but they'll look out for your best interests.
GinnieMae.gov has a calculator to help give you some idea how much you can afford. Always live within your means to prevent self-created financial disasters.
When you know what you can afford, shop and compare. Hud offers a great home buying booklet at http://www.hud.gov/buying/booklet.pdf, Looking for the Best Mortgage, that answers questions and prepares homeowners for the mortgage shopping experience. There is even a form for you to keep track of home loan comparisons.
Don't be a Victim of Loan Fraud
The Federal Citizen Information Center warns consumers to protect themselves from predatory lenders! Before you make a final decision, take the time to review the 11 Tips on Being a Smart Consumer at http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/housing/loanfraud/loanfraud.htm
When looking for a mortgage, don't forget to ask about specialty loans. You may qualify for specialty loans if:
HUD answers 'Common Questions from First Time Home Buyers" at http://www.hud.gov/buying/index.cfm
Whether you're buying your first home or growing into a new home, you'll be successful if you take your time, know your priorities, and research all your options!
Happy Hunting. May the "House" you choose become a happy "Home!"
Cheryl Johnson is a mother of four helping herself and others become and remain debt free. Publisher of Simple Debt Free Living the Personal Budgeting and Debt Management site at http://www.simpledebtfreeliving.com - A self-help plan, ideas, and resources for budgeting, debt management, frugal living, and extra income opportunities. Money saving tips For groceries, clothing, gifts, home decorating, and buying a home.
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Refinancing now can save 9.7 million borrowers $267 a month. Here's how. The Mortgage Reports
Lower mortgage rates mean refinancing can save 20 million borrowers an average of $276 a month according to the latest research.
Millennials drive mortgage refinance boom, and lenders are scrambling CNBC
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Falling rates touch off a boom in mortgage refinancing STLtoday.com
The global economy's pain has become the Jones family's gain. Worries about trade tensions and slower growth have caused long-term bond yields to plummet ...
Refinance mortgage rate slides for Thursday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate ticked downward. If you're shopping for a home loan, see what that means for you.
Refinance rates ease for Friday Bankrate.com
Several benchmark refinance rates slid lower today. If you're shopping for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.
Is now the time to refinance? Las Cruces Sun-News
Since there is no “one size fits all” reason why one may desire to refinance, the first order of business is to identify the purpose of the refi.
The inverted yield curve is doing something weird to mortgage rates CNBC
It is a rare scenario where long-term interest rates suddenly fall below short-term interest rates.
Mortgage rates today, August 19, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates today, August 19, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Average mortgage rates inched down on Friday, defying our prediction. Mortgage News Daily explained it best, talking about the “weirdness” that has ...
Mortgage-Refi Fever Sweeps U.S., Forcing Brokers to Scramble Bloomberg
Suddenly, mortgage broker Mark Livingstone is working weekends and spending his meager free time reading resumes because he needs help handling the ...
Mortgage rates are at a 3-year low—here are 3 questions to ask before you refinance CNBC
Mortgages rates hit a three-year low on Friday, August 2, when the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage hit 3.70%, the lowest they've been since November ...
When Should You Refinance a Home? Forbes
A home is the biggest purchase most people ever make. When buying a home, we are all impacted enormously by a factor largely outside our control: interest ...
Mortgage rates today, August 20, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates today, August 20, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
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Fannie Mae predicts surge in mortgage refinancing following Fed rate cut Yahoo Finance
It is becoming more popular for Americans to refinance their mortgages, even as fewer Americans take out mortgages because of a housing crisis.
Millennials move to refinance as rates approach three-year lows | The Mortgage Reports
With rates at three-year lows, Millennials are finally hopping on the refinance bandwagon. Refis accounted for 14 percent of all Millennial loans in June.
You could save hundreds of dollars per month by refinancing your home—here's how to do it CNBC
With mortgage rates falling, borrowers are primed to save hundreds per month by refinancing. Here are six steps to follow to successfully refinance your home.
Refinance mortgage rate falls for Thursday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate trended down. If you're shopping for a home loan, see what that means for you.
Key questions to ask before you refinance your mortgage Bankrate.com
While refinancing your home mortgage might sound like a good idea in theory, especially with interest rates falling, it may not always be possible for every ...
Opinion Ginnie Mae and the politics of prepayments National Mortgage News
Wide short-term swings in interest rates — and loan prepayments — that we've all witnessed have serious secondary effects on consumers, lenders, investors ...
Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed today. See what that means for your chances of getting a better mortgage rate.
MONEY MATTERS: Is refinancing my mortgage a good idea? The Bakersfield Californian
Mortgage refinancing is trending right now, but how do you know if it's right for you? Thanks to low interest rates, refinancing your mortgage can save you money ...
Refinance mortgage rate increases for Monday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate climbed higher. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.
As mortgage rates tumble, rush to refinance for savings is on Star Tribune
There is a silver lining to the recent economic turbulence: Mortgage rates have tumbled in recent weeks, triggering a rush to refinance and a race to the closing ...
Nearly 10 million borrowers could lower their mortgage rate by 0.75% by refinancing right now - HousingWire
Nearly 10 million borrowers could lower their mortgage rate by 0.75% by refinancing right now HousingWire
Just three days ago, data from Black Knight showed that 8.2 million borrowers could save big on their mortgages thanks to the recent decline in mortgage ...
Mortgage Rates Pop Higher Mortgage News Daily
Mortgage rates moved higher today, and it had nothing to do with any of the day's events or news headlines. Quite simply put, the bond market (which dictates ...
Mortgage rates fall, reaching nearly three-year low The Washington Post
Mortgage rates dipped slightly to a nearly three-year low because of concern about a potential global economic slowdown and some weak home sale news.
Should I refinance for 0.25% lower rate? Or wait for 1% or more? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Should I refinance for 0.25% lower rate? Or wait for 1% or more? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
How much do refinance rates need to drop before I refinance? Is the rule 1%, or should I refinance for just a 0.25% lower rate?
Is Refinancing a Mortgage Expensive? WTOP
Refinancing a mortgage could result in a lower monthly payment or a reduction in your interest rate. That could save you money, but is the cost to refinance…
Mortgage refinance applications rise as trade issues cause rate drop National Mortgage News
The economic tensions between the U.S. and China drove interest rates down last week, leading to a surge in refinance applications, according to the Mortgage ...
Refinance rates slide for Monday Bankrate.com
Multiple closely watched refinance rates fell today. See what that means for your chances of scoring a killer refi rate.
Give Yourself A Pay Raise With A Cash-Out Refinance Yahoo Finance
Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. A lower interest rate means a lower monthly mortgage payment, resulting in you being able to buy more house for ...
Refinance rates increase for Tuesday Bankrate.com
Several benchmark refinance rates moved higher today. If you're shopping for a home loan, see what that means for you.
How to tap into today's VA refinance rates with almost no paperwork | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
How to tap into today's VA refinance rates with almost no paperwork | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
VA refinance rates have fallen significantly since late last year. For many VA borrowers, this is the time to consider the savings which might be available with ...
My second wife wants me to put her name on my home — and refinance so we can buy another house together - MarketWatch
My second wife wants me to put her name on my home — and refinance so we can buy another house together MarketWatch
'Is it fair for her to ask to be put on the first house even though she didn't contribute any money to it?'
Mortgage Market Reopens to Risky Borrowers The Wall Street Journal
The risky mortgage is making a comeback. More than a decade after home loans triggered the worst financial crisis in a generation, the strict lending ...
U.S. Mortgage Debt Hits Record, Eclipsing 2008 Peak The Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—U.S. mortgage debt reached a record in the second quarter, exceeding its 2008 peak as the financial crisis unfolded. Mortgage balances rose ...
NuMark Credit Union to Host Mortgage Refinance Seminars Patch.com
Your home is your biggest investment. The right mortgage can help you build equity and pay for things that you need for your family. Life changes quickly, and ...
Thirty-year mortgage rate falls to its lowest level in nearly 3 years - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Thirty-year mortgage rate falls to its lowest level in nearly 3 years Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Economic uncertainty may be driving mortgage rates down.
Mortgage Lenders See Surge in Refinancing businessjournaldaily.com
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With mortgage rates sitting at their lowest in the last few years, lenders say now is the time to refinance – and customers are heeding ...
With mortgage rates this low, is late-2019 a good time to buy a house? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
With mortgage rates this low, is late-2019 a good time to buy a house? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage interest rates have been dropping lately. So have home prices. There are real estate deals waiting to be claimed. So that begs the question: Is the rest ...
Low rates lead to a record wave of Danish mortgage refinancing Nasdaq
July 29- Danish homeowners have taken advantage of ultra-low interest rates to pay down mortgages worth 137 billion Danish crowns since May,.
Mortgage demand falls again, despite lower interest rates CNBC
After rising the previous week, interest rates fell back again last week, but consumers were not enthused.
HUD slashes FHA cash-out refinance LTV limit. What you should do now | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
HUD slashes FHA cash-out refinance LTV limit. What you should do now | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
FHA cash-out refinancing rules will change starting September 1, 2019. The new rule will limit cash-out refinances to 80% of a property's fair market value.
Mortgage Refinancing Picking Up Since Fed Rate Cut MarketReview.com
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U.S. home refinancing activity hits three-year high: MBA Investing.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. homeowners filed the most applications to refinance their current mortgages in over three years as 30-year borrowing costs slipped ...
Refinance rates decline for Thursday Bankrate.com
Several closely watched refinance rates dropped today. The national averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both decreased. The average rate ...
Now Is A Good Time To Consider Refinancing WCCO | CBS Minnesota
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TRANSACTIONS: Meridian places $12M mortgage on 7th Ave. multifamily Real Estate Weekly
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Mortgage rates move lower for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Multiple closely watched mortgage rates ticked downward today. If you haven't locked yet, see how your future mortgage payments could be affected.
Run, don't walk, to refinance your home now Half Moon Bay Review
Well, the last few weeks have been interesting, to say the least. The Federal Reserve finally lowered interest rates, but not as much as Wall Street wanted.
I'm refinancing my mortgage. Do I need to hire an attorney? NJ.com
Your comfort level with the lender should be the deciding factor.
Mortgage rates today, July 24, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates today, July 24, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Average mortgage rates provided another pleasant surprise yesterday when they held steady instead of rising. The bond yields they typically shadow did rise.
Mortgage rates move upward for Friday Bankrate.com
Multiple closely watched mortgage rates moved higher today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.
Key mortgage rates mixed for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Mortgage rates were mixed today. If you haven't locked yet, see how your payments might be affected.
Pre-owned home sales climb 2.5% Arkansas Online
U.S. sales of previously owned homes increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of homebuying.
CMG Financial Texas Branches Close Out $100 Million Month PRNewswire
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CMG Financial, a privately-held mortgage banking firm headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., commends its ...
Surprisingly, lots of 2018 homebuyers could save money by refinancing now Charleston Post Courier
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Santander Bank cuts back on its mortgage business The Philadelphia Inquirer
Santander Bank NA, the U.S. arm of Spain-based multinational lender Banco Santander, will lay off 66 staff at its Villanova mortgage offices this fall, the bank ...
Nationwide Mortgage Bankers lands on Inc.'s Fastest Growing Companies of 2019 Yahoo Finance
MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent mortgage lender Nationwide Mortgage Bankers, Inc. (Nmbnow.com) has made it onto Inc.'s list of ...
Near-Record Low Rates Trigger Refi Wave Among US Homeowners pymnts.com
U.S. mortgage refinancing is on the uptick as fears about fluctuating global markets cause a drop in interest rates, the Financial Times reported Sunday (Aug.
Mortgage Applications Dip as Lower Rates Fail to Stimulate Purchases Appraisal Buzz
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Fuel for the Next Mortgage Bust? WOLF STREET
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[Pulse] With mortgage rates and bond yields low, is it time to retain mortgage servicing? - HousingWire
[Pulse] With mortgage rates and bond yields low, is it time to retain mortgage servicing? HousingWire
I was talking to a mortgage banker recently about servicing and was told that, while they had considered doing so, they were not retaining servicing.
Mortgage rates today, July 26, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates today, July 26, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Average mortgage rates increased yesterday, as we predicted. It wasn't a huge rise, but it was enough to take them back to last Friday's levels. They're now ...
Consider a Mortgage Refinance, Even If You Bought Recently NerdWallet
Refinancing a mortgage might be a good idea, even for homeowners who bought a home in 2018. Mortgage rates have fallen so far that millions of homeowners ...
The Time Is Right to De-Risk Your Retirement Portfolio Morningstar.com
For pre-retirees and retirees, the risk of standing pat with a too-heavy portfolio mix outweighs the downside of exiting stocks too early.
Mortgage rates today, July 25, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates today, July 25, 2019, plus lock recommendations | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Average mortgage rates held steady again yesterday. That's nothing to complain about. It means they remain in their ultralow range. But the difficulty of ...
When is it Time to Refinance? | Nationslending Sahuarita Sun
With mortgage refinance rates decreasing again, is this a good time to refinance your home loan? The best answer to that question is - it depends.
Good time to refinance your mortgage? Fox Business
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate recently reached its lowest levels since September 2017.
Why to consider a mortgage refinance, even if you just bought recently cleveland.com
Mortgage rates have fallen so much lately that millions of homeowners might benefit by refinancing — even if they bought a home in 2018. Here's why, plus tips ...
'Now Is The Time To Refinance': Low Mortgage Rates Cause Surge In Refinancing Forbes
Last week's massive dip in mortgage rates apparently pushed homeowners into action. According to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, ...
Mortgage rates haven’t been this low since 2016 — here’s how to decide whether to refinance your home loan - MarketWatch
Mortgage rates haven’t been this low since 2016 — here’s how to decide whether to refinance your home loan MarketWatch
More people are pursuing refinances as mortgage rates have dropped.
Congratulations You Are Approved! Jewish Link of New Jersey
Nothing makes me more excited and more nervous, then issuing a “pre-approval” certification to my clients. What seems to be an instantaneous output at many ...
I'm buying a car for my son. How should I pay for it? NJ.com
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As mortgage rates plunge, should you refinance? Fox Business
Nearly 6 million people can now cut their mortgage payments with refinancing.
Mortgage rates are falling—here's how to tell if you could save money by refinancing CNBC
As mortgage interest rates drop, homeowners could save hundreds per month by refinancing. However, it's not a smart financial decision for everyone.
Nearly 6 million people can now cut their mortgage payments with refinancing Bankrate.com
The recent drop in rates means that 5.9 million people can potentially save money by refinancing their existing home loans and securing a lower rate -- two ...
As rates drop, mortgage refinancing surges but home purchase loans remain tepid USA TODAY
Homeowners scramble to refinance mortgages as rates hit the lowest level in 17 months. But mortgage applications for home purchase rose just 0.5%.
5 Signs It's Time To Refinance Your Mortgage Forbes
You've probably heard that refinancing your mortgage can save you money. While that's true in many cases, refinancing needs be done at the right time in order ...
Consumers agree: Buy now before home prices rise | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Consumers agree: Buy now before home prices rise | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
It can be expensive to buy a home nowadays. Fortunately, rates remain low. Plus, the national economy is strong, and employment is robust. Still, many buyers ...
How to Refinance a Mortgage and When to Do It TheStreet.com
Your mortgage can cost a lot of money over time. Here's how it might just cost a little less....BAC.
Mortgage refinancing spree becomes a race against the clock Bankrate.com
Some 2.43 million homeowners can reduce their mortgage interest rate by refinancing, according to a recent mortgage report by Black Knight, a mortgage data ...
Should you refinance your mortgage now? Clark.com - Clark Howard
Money expert Clark Howard has a simple rule for when to refinance your mortgage. See if it applies to you and how you can hit a "grand slam" if you do it.
Will mortgage rates drop even more? Should I wait to refinance? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Will mortgage rates drop even more? Should I wait to refinance? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates are near historic lows, but maybe you've heard that nagging voice, the one which says “wait just a little longer. Rates can drop lower.
Mortgage refinance boom goes bust as rates shift higher CNBC
A turnaround in interest rates turned borrowers back on their heels last week, deflating a quick boom in refinance demand.
If You Ever Want To Retire, Here's The Best Way To Refinance Your Mortgage Forbes
The usual reasons to refinance are to reduce the monthly payment or to raise cash. The third option, which is under-appreciated, is to shorten the period of ...
4 irresistible perks of a VA mortgage refinance Bankrate.com
Interest rates are near historic lows, and one particular VA loan refinance option that is easy to qualify for can enable homeowners to save thousands on their ...
These are the best (and worst) reasons to refinance your mortgage Bankrate.com
Whether you've owned your home for a short time or you've had your mortgage a bit longer, a mortgage refinance involves careful consideration. After all, you'll ...
Refinance mortgage rates: 10 steps to get the best deal | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Refinance mortgage rates: 10 steps to get the best deal | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
How do you get the best refinance mortgage rates? Plan ahead and have a strategy. Here's how to do it in today's low-rate mortgage marketplace.
How to get the best deal on your home mortgage refinance cleveland.com
Mortgage rates may be rising but there's still room to refinance your home loan. You might have heard much said about the constant rise of interest rates over the ...
What to consider before determining whether to refinance your mortgage Washington Post
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | For a home-run refinance, try to find a deal that helps you do these four things: lower your interest rate, shorten your loan term, lower ...
Mortgage Rates Drop Again -- Homeowners Can Save Hundreds Per Month By Refinancing Forbes
Mortgage rates are continuing their downward spiral. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate loan has dropped to just 3.82%—down ...
Refinance rates decline for Friday Bankrate.com
Several closely watched refinance rates decreased today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.
Refinance mortgage rate eases for Thursday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate slid lower. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.
Refinance mortgage rate moves up for Thursday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate cruised higher. See what that means for your refinance.
Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Thursday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.
Refinance mortgage rate retreats for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate fell. The nationwide average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance receded, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed ...
Nearly 6 Million People Can Now Cut Their Mortgage Payments With Refinancing | RisMedia.com
With interest on the low side, there is a potential to refinance and save.