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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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Buying or refinancing? The mortgage rate frenzy is back STLtoday.com
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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 ...
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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.
Your money: Buying or refinancing? The mortgage rate frenzy is back Reuters
Mortgage rates are nearing historic lows again in the United States, making it an ideal time to buy a home - or refinance.
U.S Mortgage Rates – Rates Rise for the 1st Time in 7-Weeks Yahoo Finance
30-year fixed mortgage rates rose for the 1st time in 7-weeks. The latest FOMC projections and rising geopolitical risk could reverse that with interest…
Refinance rates drop off for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Several closely watched refinance rates fell today. See what that means for your chances of getting a better mortgage rate.
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.
Mortgage rates predicted to fall to "the lowest they've ever been" | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
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Amid the lowest mortgage rates in almost two years, overall mortgage applications swelled last week by nearly 27 percent according to data released ...
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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 ...
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Weekly mortgage applications fall as rates rise, volume remains much higher than last year CNBC
Mortgage applications were down 3.4% from the previous week, but still up 31.6% from a year earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
How low can mortgage rates go? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates are low as of this writing, really low, but can they go lower? Lower rates would be great for borrowers and yes, that could happen.
Does refinancing your mortgage make sense as interest rates fall and why these couples say they’ll never move in together - MarketWatch
Does refinancing your mortgage make sense as interest rates fall and why these couples say they’ll never move in together MarketWatch
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Refinance rates drop off for Thursday Bankrate.com
Multiple closely watched refinance rates ticked downward today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.
Refinance rates tick lower for Friday Bankrate.com
Multiple benchmark refinance rates ticked downward today. Average rates nationwide for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both trended down.
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Interest rates for mortgages are low __ really low. As of the first week of June, long-term mortgage rates were down for the sixth consecutive week. The 30-year ...
Refinance mortgage rate moves higher for Friday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate were higher. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your future mortgage payments could be affected.
When Mortgage Refinancing Makes Sense Seeking Alpha
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Mortgage rates lower for Tuesday Bankrate.com
Several benchmark mortgage rates declined today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.
Mortgage rates decrease for Thursday Bankrate.com
Multiple benchmark mortgage rates trended down today. See how that could affect your home loan payments.
Mortgage rates fall as the Fed hints at future rate cuts | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage rates fall as the Fed hints at future rate cuts | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
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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.
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Refinance rates retreat for Monday Bankrate.com
Several closely watched refinance rates fell today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.
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Mortgage insurance often gets a bad rap. But according to new data, it actually helped more than 1 million Americans either purchase a home or refinance their ...
Refinance rates tick lower for Thursday Bankrate.com
Several closely watched refinance rates sunk lower today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see what that means for you.
Mortgage investors' refinance concerns rise with rate rally National Mortgage News
Mortgage prepayment speeds may rise with the strong U.S. rate rally, and that may be cause for alarm for mortgage investors.
Despite rising home prices, experts pop bubble fears Bankrate.com
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Freddie Mac is now offering renovation loans Washington Post
Freddie Mac is joining the renovation loan space. While the Federal Housing Administration and Fannie Mae have had programs that allow borrowers to wrap ...
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Mortgage rates move down for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Multiple closely watched mortgage rates receded today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.
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(Bloomberg) -- The mortgage market was supposed to be quiet this year, but suddenly it's moving the biggest bond markets. When Treasury yields started falling ...
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U.S. mortgage rates held form this week and remain near their two-year low point, according to Freddie Mac.
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Freddie Mac is launching a new mortgage product that allows borrowers to buy a fixer-upper and finance the renovation all with one loan. Existing homeowners ...
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Freddie Mac has launched a new home renovation loan program that allows home buyers to also finance the cost of renovations with a single-close mortgage.
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... from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, which was perhaps unsurprising considering the earlier report's record-high levels.
Blackstone refinancing shopping-center loan debt via $230M CMBS Asset Securitization Report
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If you're retired and applying for a home loan, you're more likely to submit information about your pension and your 401(K) than a W-2.
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With mortgage rates at 2-year lows, here’s how to decide whether to refinance your home loan MarketWatch
More people are pursuing refinances as mortgage rates have dropped.
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Low mortgage rates along with a strong labor market will help boost home sales and origination volume over the next year and a half, Freddie Mac's most recent ...
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Refinance mortgage rate ticks higher for Monday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate notched higher. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a home loan.
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.
Refinance mortgage rate advances for Saturday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate floated higher. If you're shopping for a home loan, see what that means for you.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Low mortgage rates have many people thinking about buying a new home or refinancing their current mortgage.
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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 ...
Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Monday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed today. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your future mortgage payments could be affected.
Refinance mortgage rate dips for Saturday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate declined. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a home loan.
How to use a personal loan for debt consolidation | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
How to use a personal loan for debt consolidation | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
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Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Thursday Bankrate.com
Multiple benchmark refinance rates were flat today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.
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Key findings include a majority of voters trust Gov. Evers and Democrats versus Republicans on education issues.
Refinance mortgage rate drops for Friday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate ticked downward. If you're shopping for a refi, see how your future mortgage payments could be affected.
Refinance mortgage rate slides for Wednesday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate declined. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see what that means for you.
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Homeowners who snagged a low-interest mortgage in recent years generally avoid refinancing the loan because interest rates are higher now. When they need ...
Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Saturday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.
Refinance Your Mortgage Quickly: Prequalify in Just 3 Minutes Credible News
Let us do the heavy lifting for you. Compare rates from multiple lenders with no impact to your credit score. Refinance your mortgage with peace of mind.
Refinance mortgage rate drops for Tuesday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate trended down. If you're shopping for a refi, see how that could affect you.
Refinance mortgage rate slides for Friday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate sunk lower. See what that means for your chances of scoring a killer refi rate.
Existing Home Sales Rebound in May: Top 4 Housing Picks Yahoo Finance
The housing space looks attractive as existing home sales improve from the last two months.
Mortgage refinance checklist: what you need to refinance your home | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy - The Mortgage Reports
Mortgage refinance checklist: what you need to refinance your home | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy The Mortgage Reports
This handy mortgage refinance checklist tells you what you need to do before refinancing. Get your paperwork in order and know your refinance goals to speed ...
Refinance mortgage rate ratchets higher for Tuesday 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 home loan.
Did you refinance your home mortgage last year? You can still qualify for often-overlooked deductions - MarketWatch
Did you refinance your home mortgage last year? You can still qualify for often-overlooked deductions MarketWatch
f you refinanced your home mortgage last year, you may be in line for some often-overlooked tax deductions on your yet-to-be-filed 2018 Form 1040.
Mortgage refinance applications hit 18-year low CNBC
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Refinance mortgage rate eases for Monday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate slid lower. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a home loan.
Refinance mortgage rate ticks higher for Saturday Bankrate.com
Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate increased. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.