The Benefits of Refinancing

With the trend of record low mortgage rates lately, many more people are seriously considering refinancing their home. Refinancing is not for everyone, but there are big benefits for some people. For those in good financial standing, refinancing can be used to shorten the length of your mortgage and/or lower your monthly payment. Another good…

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The Importance of Preapproval

In today’s housing market, a letter of preapproval from your mortgage loan officer is very important when shopping for your new home. Many sellers and seller’s agents will only take a buyer seriously if they have obtained preapproval. Preapproval benefits both the buyer and the seller. The buyer is given a relatively solid estimate of…

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The 20% Rule for Down Payments

A good down payment can save you money in the long run. The traditional rule of thumb has been 20% down on a house. Putting at least 20% down can help you in several ways: 1. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Any borrower who puts down less than 20% is required by the lender to carry…

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Ways to Increase Your Down Payment

Saving for a down payment can be one of the biggest barriers to home ownership, and with lenders tightening credit over the past few years, a substantial down payment is even more crucial to securing a home loan. However, that’s not to say you cannot secure financing without a large upfront investment. Many mortgage lenders…

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Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

This will be a great year for first-time homebuyers. With so many houses on the market, and mortgage rates so low, buyers can find great deals. Here are a couple of tips for those looking to buy their first house: 1) Talk with a loan officer from a local mortgage company (such as Keystone Mortgage)…

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