If you are paying above 3% and have less than 15 years left on your mortgage or you’re paying above 4% on a longer mortgage, get off your duff and go get a “no-cost” refinance. That’s where you get an above-market rate where the lender takes some of the extra money they make for giving you that higher rate and ...

Podcast #201 Show Notes: When to Rent vs Buy a Home It is that time of year again when many doctors start asking, should I keep renting or buy a home? Truthfully many are asking, how can I get someone to loan me money for a home right now? But what we wish they were asking is, should I buy ...

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Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that the Civil Rights Act applies to sexual orientation. Moving forward, Americans don’t have to worry about losing their jobs for being who they are. However, the ruling didn’t address other areas of prejudice — including the discrimination LGBTQ homebuyers face in the mortgage industry. “There are more than 35 states where it ...

If you are looking to refinance your VA mortgage, the best thing you can do is shop around to find the best deal for you. The type of refinancing you need, the interest rates and loan terms will all be things to consider when researching lenders. The best option for you will depend on your circumstances and the lender’s policies. ...

The housing market is in a strange place right now. Interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages are below 3%. This is good news for potential homebuyers since lower interest rates translate to paying less in interest on their home loans over time. On the other hand, the current home shortage tends to favor sellers, who can expect to get the ...

Millions of Americans have decided to take advantage of historically low interest rates and refinance their mortgage. However, if you haven’t already started the refinancing process, there’s a good chance you’re going to be assessed a new fee. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently announced a decision to charge an “adverse market fee” on all refinances starting December 1, 2020. ...

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Applying for a mortgage might be one of the hardest things about buying a home. It takes longer than, say, applying for a credit card, and it’s a lot more expensive for homebuyers thanks to processing fees. But according to a recent Moody’s study, blockchain technology — the same encrypted record-keeping system behind Bitcoin — could save the mortgage industry ...

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