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Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

Can I Get a Mortgage Without a Credit Score?

You need a good credit score to get the best rates on mortgage loans. Less-than-perfect scores will mean higher interest rates and subprime credit scores will make borrowing money very expensive. But what if you have no credit score at all? Is it possible to get a mortgage without a credit score?  The Credit Score-free Population According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), there are approximately 26 million American adults without a credit history and another 19 million whose credit histories are too outdated or limited to be scored with the traditional methods by ...

September 18th, 2019 | Preapproval, Credit, Purchasing a Home, Can I Get a Mortgage Without a Credit Score?

The Essential Pre-Home Search Step

You have been saving to buy a home for a while and you are curious to see what’s out there. A quick internet search turns up a few intriguing properties. You start dreaming of what your life would could be like in those homes. Before you run out and book a real estate agent to show you around, there is one essential step you should take: line up your mortgage funding. While that might seem premature when you’re just in the “looking” phase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is the best way to start a search. Here’s why you should get pre-approved for a mortgag...

May 15th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Pre-qualification, The Essential Pre-Home Search Step

How to Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

When you are ready to apply for a mortgage loan, your lender will ask you for all sorts of financial information. One of the things lenders do with this data is to calculate your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. A DTI ratio is one of the most basic methods lenders use to determine how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can afford.  You can calculate this number before talking to a lender so that there will be no surprises about how much you might expect to borrow. First, total all your monthly liabilities – including the potential housing payment - and divide that number by your g...

April 17th, 2019 | Credit, Conventional Loans, Fixed Rate Mortgages, Preapproval, How to Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

Being able to purchase a home is often tied to how much of a down payment you have saved. If you have never bought a house before, you may not understand what a down payment is or why it is so important. Here’s the basics you need to know as you save up for your first home. A down payment is a portion of the purchase price paid up front to your mortgage lender. It is very important to lenders because it shows them you are serious about the purchase and committed to paying off your loan.  How Down Payments Affect Your Mortgage The size of your down payment can affect your mo...

January 2nd, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, VA Loans, FHA Loans, The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

What is a Piggyback Mortgage?

In order to achieve the dream of homeownership, many buyers look for creative financing to aid them in their quest. One such option is a piggyback mortgage, which actually involves taking out two separate loans to make homeownership more affordable. These loans can be very helpful, but borrowers must know the risks in order to be succesful. Piggyback Definition Here’s how a piggyback mortgage works. You take out a traditional home loan for 80% of the home purchase price. You put down 10% of your own cash as a downpayment. Then in order to cover the remaining 10%, you take out a sec...

September 12th, 2018 | First-time Homebuyers, Conventional Loans, Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, What is a Piggyback Mortgage?

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