Everything you need to know about appraisals

If you’ve bought ot sold a home or even refinanced your mortgage, you’ve surely encountered the term “appraisal.” But what is it? An appraisal is just an informed evaluation from a professional appraiser. It attempts to define the market value, which is used by banks, lenders, and buyers and sellers.

It comes after a thorough and detailed inspection of the property in question, at which point ...

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What credit score do you need to buy a home?

 

If you’re thinking of buying a home for the first time, or maybe haven’t owned since the real estate collapse starting in 2008, you may be wondering what credit score you need to get a mortgage. 

In fact, before the housing market crashed, it was far easier for the average person to get a loan since credit standards were very low (or nonexistent!) and the subprime ...

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Fannie Mae’s Risk Based Pricing benefits mortgage applicants with high credit scores.

Approving mortgages is all about assessing risk, as underwriters scrutinize every detail and shred of data in hopes of accurately predicting if a potential borrower will pay their mortgage on time every month – or default.

That’s good news for consumers that are good stewards of their financial affairs since keeping a great credit score, a low debt load, and plenty of assets will help them get approved for the best low-rate mortgage loan when it comes time to refinance or ...

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The surefire plan to achieve your goal of homeownership this year.

With the change of the calendar to 2016, millions of Americans will be making New Year’s resolutions and setting their goals for the coming year, and for a good portion of them, home ownership is circled in red at the top of that list. In fact, at least 34% of U.S. adults who currently rent say they plan on buying a home or would like to in the near future.

But hold on – didn’t we have that same resolution last ...

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10 Reasons every renter should try to buy their first home.

There’s a great saying about home ownership that goes: “Everyone pays a mortgage every month and everyone buys a house; it´s just a matter if it´s yours or your landlord’s.”  That’s 100% true when you think about it, because over a lifetime of paying rent, whether it’s in an apartment or house, your money is going to pay for the landlord’s investment. Of course renting is right for some people based on their financial situation and housing needs, but there ...

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Can you be denied for a loan or mortgage because of your Facebook friends?

If a recent patent is any indicator, then that you very well could be denied for a loan on a credit card, a car, or even a mortgage because of who you’re friends with on Facebook.

This summer, the U.S. Patent office granted an updated patent on technology that combs social media for evidence of a person’s closest network of friends and then relays that information to potential creditors, who can make lending decisions based on the friends’ perceived financial stability.

While ...

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Creative ways to save for a down payment to buy a house.

Have you thought longingly about buying your first home, only to cancel out that dream once you look at the down payment requirements? It’s true that a mortgage payment often costs less than renting these days, and there are fantastic benefits to home ownership like equity appreciation and tax breaks, but there’s no getting around the fact that they need a whole lot of money, all at once and up front, in order to buy, right?

Maybe not. The good ...

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