Category: Mortgage Tips
20-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages: Get a Lower Rate?
Itâs time for a new mortgage match-up. Since paying down the mortgage early seems to be so en vogue these days, it makes sense to compare â20-year mortgages vs. 30-year mortgages.â The most common type of mortgage is the 30-year fixed. It amortizes over 30-years and the mortgage rate never changes during that time. Each [&hellip
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The Top 15 Refinance Questions Answered
With mortgage rates at or near all-time record lows, youâve likely pondered a refinance if youâre an existing homeowner. But you probably have a lot of questions too, especially if itâs your first time refinancing a home loan. Letâs clear up some of the confusion by tackling some of the most common refinance questions out [&hellip
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When Are Mortgage Rates Lowest?
We’re all looking for an angle, especially if itâll save us some money. Whether itâs a stock market trend, a home price trend, or a mortgage rate trend, someone always claims to have unlocked the code. Unfortunately, itâs usually all nonsense, or predicated on the belief that what happened in the past will occur again [&hellip
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An Alternative to Paying Mortgage Points
If and when you take out a mortgage, youâll be faced with an important choice. To pay or not pay mortgage points. In short, those who pay points should hypothetically secure a lower interest rate than those who do not pay points, all else being equal. Thatâs because mortgage points, at least the ones that [&hellip
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Does a Refinance Require an Appraisal?
Mortgage Q&A: âDoes a refinance require an appraisal?â A reader recently asked if they needed an appraisal to refinance their existing mortgage, knowing they can often add weeks to the loan process. As with anything in the mortgage realm, the answer is it depends. Mainly, it depends on the type of loan you plan to [&hellip
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Should You Prepay the Mortgage or Invest Instead?
Itâs been a while since I last posted a mortgage match-up, so without further ado, hereâs the latest installment: “Prepay the mortgage or invest instead?” There are likely thousands of articles that deal with this very subject, all with plenty of differing opinions, but we are in unprecedented times. Mortgage rates have never been lower [&hellip
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Is Refinancing Worth It?
With mortgage rates at or near record lows, a lot of existing homeowners are probably asking themselves, âIs refinancing worth it?â The problem is thereâs no absolute right or wrong answer to this question, though with interest rates a lot lower than they were a year or two ago, the answer to this question will [&hellip
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10 Mortgage Lenders to Consider for the Best Mortgage Rates (and Fees!)
Everyone likes a discount, right, even if itâs on a small one-time purchase that equates to a nominal amount. For one reason or another, it just feels like a win. Itâs obviously even sweeter if you get a discount on a big-ticket item, as the savings will be much larger. Better yet, how about a [&hellip
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Buying a Home in 2021? 11 Tips to Get It Done!
If youâve yet to enter the housing market, but are thinking of buying a home in 2021, thereâs a lot you need to know. As I once pointed out, this isnât your older siblingâs housing market. Not just anyone can get a mortgage these days. You actually have to qualify. But weâll get to that [&hellip
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Mortgage Impounds vs. Paying Taxes and Insurance Yourself
If youâve been researching mortgages, or are in the process of taking out a home loan, youâve probably come across the term âimpoundsâ or âescrows.â When you hear these seemingly scary words, the loan officer or mortgage broker is referring to an impound account, also known as an escrow account. You may even be told [&hellip
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