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  • 1. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 36
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    Terms of Use Table of Contents 1. Obtain information from several lenders 2. Obtain all important cost information 3. Obtain the best deal that you can 4. Remember: Shop, compare, negotiate 5. Fair lending is required by law 6. Credit problems? 7. Glossary 1. Obtain Information from Several Lenders Home loans are available from several types of lenders-- thrift institutions , commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions. Different lenders may quote you different prices, so you sh  More...
  • 2. What is considered to be acceptable debt-to-income ratios when getting an FHA Loan? Views: 24
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    Terms of Use: The FHA allows you to use 31% of your income towards housing costs and 43% towards housing expenses and other long-tem debt. With a conventional loan, the qualifying ratio allows only 28% towards housing and 36% towards housing and other debt. How to calculate these ratios 1) MORTGAGE PAYMENT EXPENSE TO EFFECTIVE INCOME Add up the total mortgage payment (principal and interest, escrow deposits for taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance premium, homeowners' dues, etc.). Then, t  More...
  • 3. How and when can I drop PMI? Views: 23
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    Terms of Use: Contact your lender directly to ensure that you are actually paying for PMI. If your principal balance is less than 80% of your last appraised value, request that your lender stop charging you for PMI. If your principal balance is more than 80% of your last appraised value, but you know that your home's current market value would cause you to be below the 80% threshold, get an appraisal and present the appraisal to your lender. Be aware that your lender does not have a choice   More...
  • 4. What information should I be looking for on my credit report and how do I correct any errors? Views: 22
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    Terms of Use: Your credit report is an important piece of your credit history and should be reviewed in detail. It's especially important to check your credit report (which details how well you pay your loans, bills and credit card purchases) before applying for a loan or other credit, to know where you stand. Check the accuracy of the following information on your credit report: Name. Ensure the spelling of your name is accurate. Address. Ensure your current and previous addresses are accurat  More...
  • 5. What is generally included in a monthly mortgage payment? Views: 21
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    Terms of Use: A monthly mortgage payment consists of : Principal Interest Real estate taxes Homeowner's insurance Private Mortgage Insurance (if applicable) In some instances your lender will let you pay your property taxes and homeowner's insurance directly, which is generally beneficial since these payments are only made a couple times a year, allowing you rather than the lender to earn the interest on the money each month prior to payment. However, this tactic requires that you are disc  More...
  • 6. How do I select a home that is best for me and my family? Views: 20
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    Terms of Use It often helps to define what is important to you and your family before you even begin looking for a home. The checklist below can be used to help narrow in on homes and to evaluate them once you find something that appears to meet your needs. Address: Da  More...
  • 7. Why might I consider getting an FHA loan rather than a conventional mortgage? Views: 20
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    Terms of Use: The major reason to consider getting an FHA loan is because an FHA loan has less stringent criteria than those used by banks and credit unions for qualifying you for a conventional mortgage. As such, an FHA loan may provide an ideal choice for first-time home owners or individuals rebuilding their credit. For instance, the FHA allows you to use 31% of your income towards housing costs and 43% towards housing expenses and other long-term debt. With a conventional loan, this qualifyi  More...
  • 8. What is HUD and how does HUD help homebuyers and homeowners? Views: 20
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    Terms of Use: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1965 to develop national policies and programs to address housing needs in the U.S. One of HUD's primary missions is to create a suitable living environment for all Americans by developing and improving the country's communities and enforcing fair housing laws. HUD helps people by administering a variety of programs that develop and support affordable housing. Specifically, HUD plays a large role in h  More...
  • 9. What are the tax advantages of owning a home? Views: 20
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    Terms of Use: Income Tax Reduction: In the early years of a mortgage, most of your monthly payment covers interest on the mortgage loan. In most cases, the mortgage interest (and property tax) is deductible from your taxable income, thereby lowering your overall tax liability. Therefore, your after tax cost of home ownership can often times be lower than renting. There may be tax implications if you later sell the home at a profit. Consult your tax advisor for more information. Tax Deductible Bo  More...
  • 10. What are the things that I should expect my real estate agent to do when buying a new home? Views: 20
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    Terms of Use: Selecting a real estate agent is an important part of buying a new home, although not required. A good real estate agent can be extremely helpful and should provide the following services: Present the homes that suit your needs as you've defined them. Preview those homes to weed out those that are overpriced, or undesirable in some other way. Help you determine the difference between a good buy and a property which, because of its characteristics (i.e. neighborhood, market app  More...
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