You may have noticed that mortgage rates have gone down compared to when you bought your home years ago. Or maybe you'd like to change your loan term. Maybe you'd like to switch to a 15-year mortgage from a 30-year mortgage. On the other hand, you may have a 15-year mortgage as your existing mortgage but need to reduce the amount you pay per month (some people choose … [Read more...] about How to Refinance a Mortgage Step by Step
When you're first getting a mortgage, you might not think ahead to getting a home equity loan, though some homebuyer's guides may cover them. However, as your life evolves, you may find you need to borrow from the equity you have in your home. Your home can offer more than just a place to live or an investment opportunity. What is a home equity loan? Let's … [Read more...] about Home Equity Loan: Everything You Need to Know
As you read through our homebuyer's guide, you may wonder which home loans could work best for you. A conventional loan, the most common type of non-government backed loan, requires you to have a minimum credit score of 620. Your credit score is a three-digit number that comes from your credit reports and creditors (such as your credit card company or student loan … [Read more...] about What is an FHA Loan? Everything You Need to Know
When shopping for your mortgage or refinancing your mortgage, one of your top-of-mind questions probably sounds a lot like: "What will my monthly mortgage payment be, and how will it fit into my budget?" Your loan amount, principal, interest, term and more play into your monthly payment amount. You will want to feel comfortable making your loan payments on a monthly … [Read more...] about How to Calculate Your Mortgage Payment
When you first go through the home buying process, you may have lots of questions about down payments, closing your mortgage and interest rates. You may wonder about the key steps to get a mortgage. You will need to learn about a concept called escrow as well. Many buyers and sellers don't spend too much time thinking about escrow. If you do, you may think of it simply … [Read more...] about What is Escrow and Why Do You Need It?