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Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?

In today’s unpredictable COVID-19 employment environment, many Americans are feeling an economic pinch. Those who have student loans received temporary relief with the government CARES Act, but when that ends, some borrowers may be wondering how they are going to make their payments again. For homeowners, it may be possible to get a refinance loan to pay off all the student loan debt. But is this a smart solution? Pros of Paying off Student Loans with Refinance Money By taking out a refinance mortgage to pay off student loans, borrowers can consolidate their debts into one payment....

October 21st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?

How Often Can I Refinance?

You refinanced your home mortgage a few months ago, but interest rates have dropped dramatically since that time. Or perhaps you have had a financial emergency pop up and it would be really helpful to tap some of your home equity with a cash-out refi. Is it possible to refinance again? And should you? Specific Loan Requirements While borrowers can refinance as many times as they want, there may be specific waiting periods based on your particular loan. For example, a “seasoning” period of six months is the standard wait for most conventional lenders. If you refinance with ano...

October 14th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, How Often Can I Refinance?

How to Get a Small Dollar Mortgage Loan

Buying a house is a straightforward process, right? You line up a lender, you find the right house and you get a mortgage to buy it. While this is the case in much of the country, there are plenty of regions where the home prices are too low for traditional home loans. How can a loan be “too small?” And where can buyers find alternate funding options? Small Dollar Mortgages Defined Most home loans under $100,000 are considered to be small dollar mortgages. In 2019, less than 10% of all U.S. single-family or condominium home purchases were for $100,000 or less. That’s a ...

October 7th, 2020 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, How to Get a Small Dollar Mortgage Loan

Why This Fall Might Be the Best Time to Buy a House

The U.S. housing market has been in overdrive for the past several months, as buyers play catch up after the coronavirus pandemic shut down most home-shopping in the spring. Existing home sales in June and July both grew by more than 20% while inventory fell almost 33% in July. As we turn the corner into fall, you may be wondering if the market is too hot to buy. While it's impossible to predict exactly what the housing scene will look like, there are still several reasons why this 2020 autumn might be the best time to buy a home. Competition Could Decrease Fall is traditionally the ...

September 30th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Purchasing a Home, Why This Fall Might Be the Best Time to Buy a House

Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

There are millions of potential U.S. homebuyers sitting on the sidelines wondering if it is smart to buy their first house in the midst of a global pandemic. Unemployment is the highest it's ever been, COVID-19 cases are still rising in many places, and home prices remain steep. And yet, great opportunities can often arise in the middle of economic turmoil. This may be a great time to become a first-time homebuyer. Timeframe One of the biggest concerns right now for many first-timers is whether the housing market will hold its value or if we’re in for a big crash as the coronav...

September 23rd, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

How the New Fed Policy Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates

The U.S. Federal Reserve recently announced its new approach to monetary policy, setting the markets abuzz with rumors. Will mortgage interest rates remain low? Will they jump? Here’s what the Fed’s policy means for mortgage loans. Fed Policy: More Job Focus, Less Inflation Concern Historically, the Fed has had two main goals. The first has been to encourage strong employment rates while the second has been to keep the national inflation rate around 2%. On average, the Fed has been fairly successful in its aims. Of course, there have been exceptions, like the recession of 200...

September 16th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Fixed Rate Mortgages, How the New Fed Policy Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates