Mortgage Basics

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Home Loan Comparisons 

We’ve created a loan comparison chart for your convenience. This chart compares some of the most common requirements and the differences between five popular loan programs.

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Renovation Loans or Rehab Loan Options 

Not every home is turnkey ready. In fact, you may be looking for a house that needs work because of your budget or because you want to make it your own with renovations and remodeling. If you’re in the market for a fixer-upper, there are loans that can help you purchase the property and pay for the improvements. These loans are commonly called rehab or renovation loans.

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How to Win a Bidding War 

When it’s a seller’s market, houses sometimes move before you can get out the door to see them. If you’re lucky enough to find a home you want, there’s a good chance yours will be one of many offers. So, how do you win a bidding war for that home you really want?

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How much cash do I need to buy a house? 

You’re ready to be a homeowner. Do you know just how much cash you need to buy that home? The total cash needed upfront to close your mortgage is known as “cash to close.” Once you’re in the mortgage process, your lender will give you that number, but before you start the process, it’s good to understand what cash expenses are involved in purchasing a home.

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Refinance your home concept

What is a Mortgage Refinance? 

After you’ve taken out a mortgage, there may come a time when you want to consider refinancing your home. A simple way to understand a refinance mortgage is to think of it as replacing your old mortgage with a new one that has more favorable terms or advantages for you.

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What is PMI?

If you purchase a home with a conventional loan and your down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price, you will pay PMI (private mortgage insurance) as part of the mortgage payment. PMI allows you to obtain a conventional loan with a lower down payment. This insurance fee is added to your monthly mortgage payment.  

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How to Get Rid of PMI

PMI is private mortgage insurance. It’s a monthly insurance payment tacked onto your mortgage when you’re unable to make a down payment of at least 20%. Though you may not like having to pay PMI, there are two good things about it: 1) It gives you the opportunity to obtain a mortgage with a smaller down payment. 2) It doesn’t last forever.

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