Month: May 2017

Five Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

While your loan term might be fixed, that doesn’t have to determine when you’ll be mortgage-free. There are a few ways to cut the ties early while lowering the total amount paid in the process. Here, Trulia offers five ways you can speed up the process. 1. Refinance into a 15-year mortgage Cutting your loan term in half is a

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Five Steps for Getting a Mortgage

Unless you can afford to buy a home in cash, you’ll need to get a mortgage. When you’re serious about buying a home, it’s important to understand the mortgage process and to see how much mortgage you can qualify for. Here, Redfin offers five steps for getting a mortgage. Step 1: Know your numbers The first step in preparing to

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Your Earnest Money Contract: Three Things You Must Triple-Check

When making an offer on a home, you will show the sellers you mean business with two things: 1) a chunk of cash called an earnest money deposit, and 2) a piece of paperwork known as an earnest money contract. Odds are you’re focused on the first. The earnest money deposit, after all, is a large sum of money you put down on a house that demonstrates

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Improve Your Home-Buying Odds: Get Pre-Approved

If your resolution is to get into a new home this spring, it’s important to understand the mortgage pre-approval process. Anyone looking to buy—especially in a competitive market—should ask a reputable lender to pre-approve them for a mortgage. A mortgage pre–approval letter: Confirms you can qualify for a mortgage; Tells you how much you can expect to borrow, provided your

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Mortgage Rates Rising After Weeks of Decline

Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows an increase in average mortgage rates for the first time in five weeks.   “The 10-year Treasury yield rose about 10 basis points this week. The 30-year mortgage rate moved with Treasury yields, rising 6 basis points to 4.03 percent,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Despite recent swings in

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