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What Happens If I Lose My Job During the Mortgage Process?

You are midway through the process of closing on a new home or a refinance mortgage. Then you lose your job. In today’s coronavirus crisis climate, plenty of home buyers and homeowners have faced this situation. Can the home loan go through or is it curtains for your new mortgage? While becoming unemployed during the loan underwriting process is much less-than-ideal, there may be some rays of hope. Temporary or Permanent Job Loss Sometimes income loss is due to furloughs. If you have a commitment from your employer as to when you will return to work or your income will resume, you ...

July 29th, 2020 | Interest Rates, What Happens If I Lose My Job During the Mortgage Process?

Should I Prepay My Mortgage?

Benefits of Prepayment The main benefit of paying off your mortgage early is the savings. Even by cutting off just a few years from your home loan, you can save thousands of dollars in interest. For example, if you take out a 30-year mortgage loan for $250,000 at 4%, you would pay more than $179,000 in interest over the course of the loan. If you were to contribute an extra $75 a month, you would pay off your home loan three years early and save almost $22,000 in interest payments. And the savings only increase if you can throw larger chunks of change at the mortgage. Prepaying your home...

July 22nd, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Prepay My Mortgage?

New FICO “Resilience” Credit Score Could Help Borrowers

As the U.S. economy reels from record-high unemployment and continued COVID-19 shutdowns, the Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO), a global analytics company and producer of the FICO credit score, released a new credit index recently it hopes will keep mortgage lending and other loans flowing during these unprecedented times. After reviewing over 70 million consumer credit files from the Great Recession, FICO found that the majority of consumers - including those with lower credit scores - kept up with their financial obligations even during that time of double-digit unemployment and devastating h...

July 15th, 2020 | Credit, New FICO “Resilience” Credit Score Could Help Borrowers

Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

Even as demand for mortgage loans has ramped up since the coronavirus crisis began, some aspects of the home loan market have changed. With millions of homeowners applying for mortgage forbearance, lenders have had to take measures to mitigate possible future losses. Some borrowers are seeing higher credit score requirements, for example. Fortunately, one of the things that has not changed for first-time home buyers is the ability to use down payment assistance programs. Saving up for an initial down payment was a monumental task for first-time buyers before COVID-19 with limited inventory ...

July 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

For Americans living and working in the nation’s most expensive real estate markets, homeownership can seem like the impossible dream. Prices are high and options can be limited. It may feel like home values rise faster than your ability to save up for a down payment. Although the process may look different than in other parts of the country, becoming a first-time homebuyer in a pricey area is possible. Here are some suggestions for making that dream a reality: Determine Your Budget First, you need to figure out how much home you can afford. That number needs to be determined by yo...

July 1st, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

7 Tips to Improve Your Credit Before Applying for a Mortgage

In addition to income and assets, your credit profile is one of the biggest factors in determining whether you qualify for a mortgage. If your credit score is not currently in a desirable range, there are plenty of ways you can improve it to up your chances of home loan approval. Here are the top seven: Check your credit reports for accuracy According to a study from the Federal Trade Commission, one in five people have an error on at least one of their credit reports. Many errors do not substantially affect credit reports, but some can significantly lower scores. By law, you can obtai...

June 24th, 2020 | Credit, 7 Tips to Improve Your Credit Before Applying for a Mortgage