Due to the expense of mortgage interest, it only makes sense that you would want to do everything in your power to pay a lower interest rate. But how? Oddly enough, you could first try by asking! Negotiating with your lender to reduce your potential interest won’t work in every situation; but it can pay to know when and why it might work -- and what you can do to swing the results a little more in your direction.Read More
When it comes to getting a mortgage, some states are simply more expensive than others. And, while you might not want to move to a completely different state simply to get a better interest rate, if you’re considering making a big move (and buying a home in your new home state), it doesn’t hurt to know which states are more affordable than others.Read More
The major banks in the United States use the Federal Funds Rate as a rule of thumb for establishing their own Prime Rates. Most of the time, any individual bank’s Prime Rate is the FFR plus about 300 basis points, or three percent. So, if the FFR is 1.5 percent, the FHA lending rate might be 5.5 percent. Or it could be 3 percent. This all depends on how badly those banks want to do business with FHA borrowers.