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Be Prepared when Seeking a Mortgage


When you're looking for a mortgage, whether it's a first time loan or you're taking advantage of an opportunity to refinance an existing mortgage, it may seem that you're wading through a quagmire of uncharted territory. If you're prepared ahead of time, you'll avoid some of the common pitfalls and know how to find the best deal for your situation.

Remember that you are the consumer and that you are shopping for a service. That means that you have the right to be treated as a customer. Ask questions and keep asking until you get all the answers you are looking for. If a potential lender is reluctant to spend the time addressing your concerns, you don't have to do business with that particular company. In today's market with the opportunities to shop for a mortgage online, finding a lender is the least of your worries.

Look for the best interest rates, but also search for a lender who offers the mortgage without the high closing costs. There are likely to be some requirements for closing the loan. You may be asked to pay for an appraisal, home inspection and even a survey if property is involved in the transaction. Those are fairly standard but be wary of a company that charges a large additional fee for closing costs though you can expect a moderate fee. A lender is a business and as such, is in business to make money. That means that you as the consumer should expect to pay for the service, but comparing fees and interest rates will help you find the best possible deal on your mortgage.

Finally, be aware of unbelievable claims. A company that promises you'll be approved for a loan regardless of credit is probably making promises that they can't keep. If you're asked to pay an application fee with this guarantee, you could be wasting your money. In some cases, the lender will approve the loan, but will make unreasonable requirements for repayment or down payment. If you then can't meet the terms, the company will have fulfilled their promise - they did offer you the loan. Your application fee is typically non-refundable and you've simply lost that money.

Mark Lambie is the founder of The Loan House a website that allows consumers to quickly and easily get mortgage quotes and mortgage information.


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Refinance rates slide for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple closely watched refinance rates receded today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see what that means for you.


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Refinance Share Edged Back Down in February as Mortgage Rates Stabilized  Mortgageorb

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Multiple benchmark refinance rates were flat today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Answers to 9 of the Most Googled Mortgage Questions  NerdWallet

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MBA: Lower rates push refinance applications higher  Scotsman Guide News

Mortgage applications are up from one week earlier, thanks to lower rates that may be encouraging borrowers to refinance.


New VA rules aimed at curbing predatory lending for cash-out mortgage refinances  Bankrate.com

An interim final rule on VA-guaranteed cash-out refinance loans was published on February 19 to protect borrowers from predatory lenders. The rule executes ...


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Idaho Housing first-time home buyer programs offer loans, down payment assistance and a tax credit. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply.


Mortgage Apps: Refinancing Revives as Rates Retreat  Mortgage News Daily

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Ellie Mae: Millennials' interest in mortgage refinance spikes  HousingWire

In January, slightly lower interest rates led to Millennial homebuyers increasing their requests to refinance their mortgages. In fact, according to Ellie Mae's latest ...


Refinance rates advance for Monday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark refinance rates moved higher today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a home loan.


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LendingTree: Number of mortgage borrowers receiving interest rates under 5% rises  HousingWire

LendingTree's latest Mortgage Rate Competition Index revealed that the number of mortgage borrowers with interest rates under 5% inched forward for the week ...


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Refinance rates drop for Saturday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark refinance rates fell today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.


Mortgage rates fall for the third week in a row  The Washington Post

The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.35 percent, its lowest level in more than a year.


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Paul Manafort charged with committing residential mortgage fraud — which is more common than you'd think  MarketWatch

Mortgage fraud risk has risen substantially in recent years as refinance activity has dried up for lenders.


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A loan backed by the former Franklin Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia has been assigned to a company that manages troubled commercial mortgages — a ...


LendingTree: Pool of mortgage borrowers receiving interest rates under 5% is shrinking  HousingWire

LendingTree's latest Mortgage Rate Competition Index revealed that borrowers with interest rates under 5% slid further for the week ending Feb. 17, 2019.


Refinance rates drop off for Monday  Bankrate.com

Multiple key refinance rates fell today. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your payments might be affected.


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In the years following the financial crisis, mortgage lenders turned their attention to the jumbo mortgage market as high-end clients proved to be a safe and ...


Mortgage rates just tanked thanks to the Fed – and they could go even lower  CNBC

The move in mortgage rates followed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's announcement that the central bank would end the so-called runoff of bonds from its ...


Home Sales Slump While Mortgage Apps Rise  National Mortgage Professional Magazine

Today's housing data news finds a seesaw ride with home sales going down, while mortgage applications are going up.


Economic downshift drops mortgage forecasts again: Fannie Mae  National Mortgage News

Fannie Mae estimates the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to hold at 4.4% through 2019 and 2020 due to the overall slowdown in the economy, according ...


Mortgage Rates Lowest in a Year: Top 4 Housing Picks  Zacks.com

The housing space looks promising as mortgage rates drop to the lowest level in a year.


Mortgage rates increase for Friday  Bankrate.com

Multiple benchmark mortgage rates floated higher today. If you're shopping for a home loan, see what that means for you.


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While mortgage delinquencies continue to drop, February appears to have been an outlier. What made February's delinquencies climb?


Jumbo Mortgages Are Slowing Down, Testing Banks’ Postcrisis Playbook  The Wall Street Journal

High-end home buyers are turning cautious, a blow to banks that refocused their mortgage businesses around wealthy borrowers in the years after the financial ...


Home value perceptions continue to widen in February  theday.com

Following a year in which homeowner estimates of their property's value hovered relatively close to the appraised value, expectations have gradually become.


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.


Mortgage refinancing spree becomes a race against the clock  Bankrate.com

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Mortgage prepayment rate may signal refi increase: Black Knight  Seeking Alpha

Prepayment speeds in February rose by 11% from January's 18-year low, suggesting an increase in refinance activity driven by recent declines in the 30-year.


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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 ...


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Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate trended down. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your payments might be affected.


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There is a quiet refinance boom brewing, as mortgage rates sink to 9-month lows. Not since April 2018 have rates been this low. Freddie Mac, in its weekly ...


Refinance mortgage rate advances for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate floated higher. See what that means for your chances of getting a better mortgage rate.


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Refinance rates were mixed today. If you're in the market for a refi, see how that could affect you.


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Refinance mortgage rate slides for Friday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate slid lower. If you haven't locked a refinance yet, see how your finances could be affected.


Refinance mortgage rate dips for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate decreased. If you're in the market for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.


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Refinance mortgage rate moves higher for Monday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate trended upward. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


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Refinance rates decline for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark refinance rates decreased today. See what that means for your refinance.


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 home loan.


Refinance rates decline for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple closely watched refinance rates trended down today. See what that means for your refinance chances.


Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Monday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed today. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Mortgage refinance applications decline to 18-year low: MBA  National Mortgage News

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Refinance mortgage rate falls for Friday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate declined. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance rates retreat for Monday  Bankrate.com

Multiple benchmark refinance rates tapered off today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Credible Expands Their Marketplace Into Mortgage Refinancing  Lend Academy

Credible made a name for themselves in student loans. They are the first and largest marketplace for people looking to refinance their student loans. Borrowers ...


Refinance rates fall for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple key refinance rates ticked downward today. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how that could affect you.


Refinance rates dip for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple key refinance rates slid lower today. If you're shopping for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance mortgage rate rises for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate climbed higher. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see what that means for you.


Refinance rates tick lower for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates dropped today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.


Refinance rates tick higher for Monday  Bankrate.com

Multiple closely watched refinance rates moved higher today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance mortgage rate ratchets higher for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate climbed. If you're shopping for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance mortgage rates mixed for Friday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed today. If you haven't locked a refinance yet, see what that means for you.


With today's mortgage rates, you can still refinance for lower payments. Here's how | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

Many homeowners refinance for lower payments or interest rates. Here's what you need to know about your options and some pitfalls.


Refinance rates hold steady for Friday  Bankrate.com

Several benchmark refinance rates held steady today. See what that means for you if you're in the market for a mortgage.


Refinancing activity in the US just plunged to the lowest level in over a decade  Business Insider

Refinancing activity plunged to the lowest level since 2000 as interest rates rise.


Refinance rates tick higher for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Multiple benchmark refinance rates notched higher today. See what that means for your chances of scoring a killer refi rate.


Thinking of Refinancing Your Mortgage? Check These 4 Financial Areas First  Forbes

Refinancing your mortgage can be a great way to save on your monthly payment or to change up the terms of your loan. However, while it's a financial move that ...


Unpaid federal workers can sidestep rules to apply for cash-out mortgage refinance  Bankrate.com

As the partial government shutdown drags on with no end in sight, furloughed federal workers are faced with mounting financial obligations and a variety of relief ...


Cash-out refinance for renovation: Increase your home equity | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

Considering a cash-out refinance for renovation? Here's what you need to know about options for financing home improvements.


Refinance rates decline for Wednesday  Bankrate.com

Several key refinance rates were down today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see how your payments might be affected.


How to use a cash-out refinance to buy another home | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

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Refinance rates increase for Saturday  Bankrate.com

Multiple benchmark refinance rates moved higher today. See what that means for your refinance chances.


Refinance rates slide for Saturday  Bankrate.com

Multiple closely watched refinance rates were down today. If you're in the market for a refinance, see how that could affect you.


Refinance mortgage rate slides for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate declined. If you haven't locked a refi yet, see how your payments might be affected.


Refinance rates move up for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates advanced today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Best cash-out refinance lenders 2019 | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

If you want to pull equity out of your home in 2019, check out this list of best cash-out refinance lenders. Because mortgage rates and costs for cash-out ...


Refinance mortgage rate eases for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate dropped. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see how your payments might be affected.


Buying Your First Home? Save, and Save Some More  The New York Times

The dream of owning a home in New York City can seem unattainable, especially for first-time buyers in need of a hefty down payment.


Texas cash-out refinance: new laws you need to know | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

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Refinance mortgage rate falls for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate dropped. If you haven't locked a refinance yet, see how your payments might be affected.


When Is a Cash-Out Refinance Loan a Good Idea?  U.S News & World Report Money

Tapping the equity in your home to get cash can be a smart move, but only if the cash is used for the right purpose.


Refinance rates trend higher for Tuesday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates rose today. If you're in the market for a mortgage, see what that means for you.


When to refinance: I need to lower my mortgage rate or payment | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy  The Mortgage Reports

If you're wondering when to refinance, consider your objectives and see if you'll pay less interest, reduce your payment, or lower your overall costs.


Refinance rates tick higher for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Several closely watched refinance rates increased today. If you're in the market for a home loan, see what that means for you.


Refinance mortgage rate advances for Thursday  Bankrate.com

Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate moved higher. See what that means for your refinance chances.


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