Posts tagged Home Loan
What is the Right of Rescission?

The right of rescission is a borrower’s right, as granted by the Truth in Lending Act, to cancel a contract within three days of having already signed the contract agreement for a home equity loan, home equity line of credit, or mortgage refinance.

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What’s a No-Doc Mortgage Loan?

As the name implies, these loans required little, if any, documentation to evaluate your creditworthiness and your ability to repay the loan.

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What is a Gift of Equity?

When a homeowner sells their home to a family member at a price well below the market value, it is sometimes considered a gift of equity.

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What is a Mortgage Loan Officer?

A mortgage loan officer or mortgage loan originator (MLO) is someone who aides potential borrowers in getting a mortgage loan.

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30-year FRM: 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgages Explained

What’s it mean to have a 30-year mortgage? Simply put, your loan rate, plus the principal and interest payments, are secured for 30 full years. Because your loan amortizes, it will be paid in full on that last payment in year 30. You’ll never have to pay another cent to the mortgage company after that. Your insurance, homeowners’ association fees, and taxes may continue to slowly climb, but those are the only expenses you’ll have to worry about if you never refinance or take out a second mortgage.

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Prime Mortgage: A Complete Guide

The Prime Rate is often confused with the Federal Funds Rate, a rate at which banks lend money to one another and is determined by the Federal Reserve. This is what you hear about on the news when the Fed meets. It’s not the same as the Prime Rate, though the Prime Rate often follows the Federal Funds Rate.

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What is a Mortgage Loan Broker?

There are two main sources of mortgage loans for the general public: banks and brokers. A bank loans its own money to a borrower, even if they end up selling that loan later. Brokers, on the other hand, help connect buyers with investors and banks by acting as an intermediary. A broker, then, is a person who brokers your mortgage loan.

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How Do I Get a Home Loan Quote?

You’ve been saving money for awhile and working on your credit, and you’re pretty sure you’re ready to buy a house. But how do you get the ball rolling? Don’t you need a home loan quote or something?

Although getting started with a mortgage is both stressful and filled with paperwork you never knew you’d need, it’s not impossible. Let’s walk through what’s required for a home loan quote, otherwise known as a mortgage pre-qualification.

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What is a 40-Year Mortgage?

If you’ve been house hunting before, or even paying attention to some of the commercials for mortgage products, you’ve no doubt seen tons of references to the 30 year mortgage. This is the gold standard and default mortgage for most of the industry, but it’s not the only loan out there. In fact, it’s not even the longest term mortgage available.

There’s another loan that no one really talks about these days: the 40 year mortgage.

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What is a 30-Year Mortgage?

The 30-year mortgage, the steak and potatoes of the home lending world, is the most common type of mortgage you’ll run into as a home buyer. It’s so common that the Consumer Expenditure Survey provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that between 2004 and 2014, 61.49 percent of all mortgages were 30 year fixed rate mortgages. The second most common type, 15 year fixed rates, only made up 14.64 percent of the market.

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Mortgage Lenders for People with Bad Credit

Having less than perfect credit is not only inconvenient, it can become a huge roadblock to large purchases like a home. Since the damage from a few mistakes or an unfortunate accident can affect you for years, many people choose to try to find a lender that will work with their credit, rather than wait until they can buy more house with the same money using a more traditional mortgage loan.

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What credit score do you need to qualify for a conventional home loan?

Everyone’s heard tales of how difficult it is to qualify for one of the most coveted products in the mortgage world: the conventional loan. Although there’s nothing particularly exciting about these mortgages, they do offer lower mortgage insurance rates and fewer fees at closing than other types of home loans.

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The Beginning of the Home Buying Process

Before making a decision on the house to buy you have to take a practical and introspective look at your financial standing, your budget, and your aspirations. Before the work of looking for a loan and the house to buy begins, it is important that you have an understanding of your needs and means.

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What is a Home Loan?

A home loan or “mortgage” is a type of loan that uses property or real estate as security. Homebuyers exchange funds with a lender, who operates on the promise that the debt will be repaid before a designated time and at an agreed-upon cost (interest rate).

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The Different Types of Mortgages

There are many different mortgage options for homebuyers to choose from. For starters, mortgages are usually categorized as either a fixed rate or adjustable rate. Then there are various loan programs to choose from including FHA Loans, VA Loans, USDA Loans, or Conventional Loans

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Criteria for First-Time Home Buyers for Home Loans

To help first-time home buyers, federal, state and local housing agencies have programs to make the home buying process easier and cheaper. The agencies and lenders in your area can offer you various FHA loans, VA loans, down payment grants, and other programs to make it easier to qualify and buy your first home. The definition of a first time home buyer

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What is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

A fixed-rate mortgage is the simplest and most common mortgage for homebuyers. It simply has a fixed interest rate, that does not go up or down, throughout its lifespan. Since it never changes, a fixed-interest-rate mortgage isn't associated with indexes, margins, floors, or caps. As the interest rate is fixed, the monthly principal and interest payment are the same throughout the mortgage’s lifespan.

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How to Calculate a Fixed Mortgage Rate

Calculating a fixed mortgage rate is relatively simple: You take the annual figure and turn it into a monthly figure. To calculate the monthly fixed mortgage rate, just do the following steps:

  1. change the annual rate to a decimal number by dividing it by 100;

  2. take the resulting decimal figure and further divide it by 12; and

  3. voila!, You have the monthly fixed mortgage rate.

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Uses For A Home Equity Loan

Whenever a large expense comes up, home equity loans are a very tempting source of funds. You can pretty much use a home equity loan for whatever you like, which is what can make it perilous for people with no control over their spending habits.

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Buying A Home With No Down Payment

Yes, it is possible to buy a home with no money down or down payment. There are a variety of loans in the market that cater to home buyers with different needs. To qualify for a no money down home loan you will need to have a good credit score and credit record

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FHA 5/1 ARM: Federal Housing Administration 5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgage

A 5-year ARM FHA mortgage is a loan with a fixed and variable interest rate that is guaranteed by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). The loan is a hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM): it starts out with a fixed interest rate for the first five years, then the rate becomes variable. The loan comes with a guarantee to the lender that the FHA will pay it off if the borrower fails to pay.

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