Tag Archives: real estate

Vacation Home and Investment Property Mortgages

Part of Homebuying 101

Buying another property is a dream for many homeowners. Who wouldn’t want to own an additional home, or even earn income from it?  But getting a mortgage for an investment property or second home is more complicated than getting a…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

The Morty Report: Welcome Aboard

Part of our Series: The Morty Report

March 25, 2022. I’ll share my take on what’s happening in homebuying. My goal is to cut through the noise and share takeaways to help you to make informed decisions.

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The Morty Report Makes Sense of a Wild Week

Mortgage rates change quickly – and last week was no exception. Read what happened with the market, along with key takeaways from Wednesday’s Fed meeting and what it could mean for you in the long run.

What is Cash-Out Refinancing and When is it a Good Option?

Part of Money Matters

What would you do with some extra cash in your pocket? Wipe out your credit card debt once and for all? Update your kitchen? Finally finish your basement? Pay off high-interest student loans or personal loans? Refinancing your mortgage with…

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The Morty Report: What the rate hike means for mortgages

Some mortgage rates crept above 6% this week, as the market reacted to higher-than-expected inflation data and sought to price in anticipated rate hikes coming out of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting.

How Much Down Payment to Buy a House?

Part of Homebuying 101

When you want to buy a home, you may not know all the details involved, including how much of a down payment you need.  When it comes to mastering a task, such as learning to ride a bike or learning…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How Much of Your Income Should You Spend on Your Mortgage?

Part of Homebuying 101

What percentage of income should go to mortgage payments?  It’s a good question, particularly when you’re ready to buy a home for the first time. Just like other important financial decisions, you want your monthly mortgage payment to fit seamlessly…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How to Calculate Your Mortgage Payment

Part of Homebuying 101

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…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

What is a Mortgage? A Guide for Beginners in 2022

Part of Homebuying 101

Getting a mortgage may seem like a complex task with many layers and steps involved. However, the first step to breaking down the process involves answering the most basic question: “What is a mortgage?” Understanding the very basics of mortgages…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How Much House Can I Afford?

Part of Homebuying 101

When buying a home, one of your first thoughts probably turns to the following question: “How much house can I afford?”  You may wonder how large of a house you should and can purchase (especially when buying your first home)….

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

These Paint Colors Can Add Thousands to a Home’s Pricetag

Part of Home Improvement

Hoping to add a few dollars to the selling price of your current home? Then it might be time to break out the rollers, brushes, and painter’s tape. According to a recent study by the folks at Zillow, painting your…

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7 Common Home Decorating Mistakes New Homeowners Can Make

DecorAid shares tips on what to buy now, and what to add later. You’ve saved. You’ve methodically shopped around. Now you’re ready to move into the right home for your needs. But one question remains: how do you begin decorating...