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How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

Getting pre-approved before shopping for a new home is a smart idea, but what if you don’t find the right home quickly? How long does that pre-approval last? Pre-approval Defined Before going out with a real estate agent to look for the perfect property, it is wise to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This means allowing the lender to run your credit and take a look at your income and assets to determine how much mortgage funding you qualify for. A pre-approval gives you a top number for your house budget to help define your search.  It also gives you credibility wit...

May 6th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

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What You Need to Know About Mortgage Forbearance

If you are one of the 22 million Americans who have filed for coronavirus-related unemployment in the past few weeks, you may also be wondering if you are going to be able to make your mortgage payments. If your income has vanished or been reduced due to COVID-19 shutdowns, you can appeal to your mortgage lender for payment forbearance. Before you do, there are several questions you need to ask to understand how it will affect your situation. Is My Loan Covered by the CARES Act? In the wake of the COVID-19 economic fallout, the U.S. government recently passed the CARES Act to provide mor...

April 22nd, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Credit, What You Need to Know About Mortgage Forbearance

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How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

With most of the country on shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the homebuying process has undergone plenty of changes for those still looking to get into a home of their own. Buyers, sellers and real estate agents have had to make adjustments for the safety of all. If you are in the midst of your home search or ready to start, here’s what you need to know about buying a home during this challenging coronavirus environment. Virtual Shopping & Viewing Agents and sellers have had to get creative during this time of social distancing. Buyers have had...

April 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

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Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

Mortgage interest rates are near record lows again. This can mean great deals for homebuyers and great savings for homebuyers. Some lenders will even start advertising rates that are at least a half point lower than the average national rate. Buyers and refinancers should be aware that these ultra-low rate deals come with strings attached. In some cases, it may actually be better to choose a higher rate option. Here’s what you need to know: Points In order to get some of these rock-bottom rate deals, borrowers are often required to pay discount points to the lender. One point is eq...

March 27th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Can a Higher Interest Rate Actually be a Better Choice?

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Will an Employment Gap Hurt My Chances for Mortgage Approval?

Employment history is a very important aspect of a mortgage application. Mortgage loans are usually for substantial sums of money and lenders want to reduce the risk that borrowers will default. One sign that a borrower will be consistent in making their mortgage payments is if they have a stable two-year history of employment. But what if you have gaps in your work history? Can you still qualify for a mortgage? Gap Period Most lenders will only require a two-year work history, so if you had gaps prior to that period, you may not even need to inform your lender about it. If you have had ...

March 11th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Will an Employment Gap Hurt My Chances for Mortgage Approval?

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What Does It Take to Refinance a Jumbo Loan?

Mortgage interest rates have dropped significantly in the past year and everyone wants to take advantage of the savings. Those who have jumbo loans – mortgages with balances over the conforming loan limit of $510,400 in most areas – may wonder if they can refinance their loans too. The answer is a definite yes! There may be some additional requirements, but jumbo loan holders can absolutely benefit from today’s lower rates. Jumbo Loan Criteria Because jumbo loans involve such large amounts of money, the requirements for refinancing are typically stricter than with a con...

February 26th, 2020 | Jumbo Loans, Refinancing a Home, What Does It Take to Refinance a Jumbo Loan?