Mar 15, 2017

If you’re planning on buying a home with a mortgage, you can expect substantial paperwork during the mortgage application process. This paperwork helps lenders verify important information about you, such as your income history and overall financial stability. If you begin gathering important documents several months before applying for a mortgage, it can help make […]

Mar 14, 2017

As we move into March, spring is on our doorstep, and temperatures are warming in much of the country. For homeowners (and soon-to-be homeowners), this means spring cleaning! While there are many good articles offering spring cleaning tips, another task goes with spring cleaning and is often overlooked: spring pest control. Spring pest control begins […]

Mar 13, 2017

February was another busy month in the mortgage industry. Here are some recent highlights and helpful articles: Goldman Sachs: Mortgage interest rates will rise to 5.5% by 2019 Goldman Sachs’ analysts are predicting the 30-year mortgage rate to rise to 5.5% in 2019, an increase 1.5% over several years. Key takeaway: while predictions are often […]

Mar 9, 2017

Your home’s foundation is an critical part of its wellbeing. If something goes wrong in your foundation, your home can can develop structural problems that cost significantly more to repair than foundation problems alone. There are three major reasons home foundation problems occur: Stem walls can deteriorate. Stem walls sit on your home’s concrete slab […]

Mar 8, 2017

If you’re a homeowner (or planning to become one), upgrading your home is an empowering activity. Whether you want to knock down a wall (to create a larger room), upgrade your energy efficiency, or improve your lighting, there are a variety of exciting possibilities. Regardless of your home upgrade project, you’ll likely wonder whether the […]

Mar 7, 2017

If you’re a retired homeowner, you might have wondered about reverse mortgages. Reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM), let Americans 62-and-older convert part of their home equity (wealth) into cash, a monthly check, or a line of credit. To help you better understand reverse mortgages, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association […]

Mar 6, 2017

If you’re a homeowner, you’ll be aware of your monthly mortgage payment and interest rate. And you might have wondered about refinancing your mortgage to change these figures. Refinancing lets you replace your current mortgage with a new one. Two of the most common mortgage refinance methods are rate-and-term, and cash-out. What’s the difference between […]

Mar 2, 2017
Whether you’re a long-term homeowner or ready to buy your first home, you’re likely aware of rising energy costs. America’s lowest-income families currently spend around p22% of their total income on energy while electricity prices have risen by 30% over the last decade. This has caused many Americans to consider alternative methods of powering their […]
Mar 1, 2017

Reverse mortgages are a unique type of loan that has quickly become popular with senior homeowners. With a reverse mortgage, a homeowner may receive a sizeable percentage of their home equity (wealth) and continue to live in their home for the rest of their life provided they pay their property taxes, insurance and HOA dues. […]

Feb 28, 2017

There is no greater investment than owning a home. That’s why many people decide that one home isn’t enough. They find that, given their financial situation, they are interested in purchasing a second home, and using that home for any number of purposes, including: Vacation Home Investment Property/Rental Home for Family Members For those who […]