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  • 1. What things impact my credit score and what can I do to improve my credit score? Views: 85
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    Terms of Use Your FICO® scores, from Fair Isaac and Company ( FICO ), are the credit scores most lenders use to determine your credit risk. You have three FICO ® scores, one for each of the three credit bureaus – Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Each credit score is based on information the credit bureau keeps on file about you. As this information changes, your credit scores tend to change as well. Credit scores consider five main kinds of credit information. Listed from most   More...
  • 2. What is a mortgage? Views: 76
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    Terms of Use: A mortgage is a loan that is used to buy a home. In return for the loan, you pay interest on the amount loaned. The lender also has first rights on your house in case you neglect to pay back the loan. A mortgage has three components: Amount (how many dollars you need to borrow) Interest Rate (the percentage rate you pay on the loan) Term (how long it will take to pay off the loan, generally 15 or 30 years) All of these components impact how much your mortgage payment will be  More...
  • 3. What is considered to be acceptable debt-to-income ratios when getting an FHA Loan? Views: 65
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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.). The  More...
  • 4. Can I get a credit report for free? Views: 60
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    Terms of Use Credit reports contain a wealth of information about your credit history. Consumers now can get a free copy of their credit report. It's important to review your credit report at least annually to ensure it is accurate and that you have not become a victim of identity fraud. A study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that one in four credit reports contains errors serious enough to cause consumers to be denied credit, a loan, an apartment or or even a job. Some of th  More...
  • 5. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 60
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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...
  • 6. How do I qualify as a first-time home buyer? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use In general, lenders consider you to be a first-time home buyer if you have not owned a home, vacation property, or investment property in the last three years. Lenders will often verify this information by examining your income tax returns to verify that you did not take any deductions for mortgage interest or property taxes. homebuyer first time purchase acquire house owner
  • 7. What is loan-to-value (LTV) and how does it impact the amount I can borrow? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use: The LTV ratio is the amount of money you borrow compared with the lower of the price or appraised value of the home you are purchasing. Each loan has a specific LTV limit. For example: with a 95% LTV loan on a home priced at $50,000, you could borrow up to $47,500 (95% of $50,000), and would have to pay $2,500 as a down payment. The LTV ratio reflects the amount of equity borrowers have in their homes. The higher the LTV ratio, the less cash homebuyers are required to pay out o  More...
  • 8. How can I see my credit report? Views: 58
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    Terms of Use There are three major credit reporting companies: Equifax , Experian , and TransUnion . Obtaining your credit report is as easy as calling or going to the internet and requesting one. It's a good idea to get copies from all three companies to ensure there are no mistakes since any of the three could be providing a report to your lender. Fees, ranging from $5-$20, may be charged to issue credit reports but some states permit citizens to acquire a free one (see related links). ?On  More...
  • 9. Is it better to rent or buy a home? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use Before purchasing a home, ask yourself these questions: Do you have a steady source of income? Do you have a record of paying your bills on time? Are home prices fairly stable in your area? Are you planning to stay in the area for a few years? Have you budgeted for the costs of homeowners insurance, utilities, property taxes and other costs? Can you pay for unexpected repairs and maintenance? Have you factored in the tax benefits? When you are renting a home: There's little o  More...
  • 10. What are closing costs and hidden costs associated with getting a mortgage? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use: Closing costs are the fees and taxes associated with purchasing a home. They include searches, clearances, and reports to process the transaction. Depending on where you live and the complexity of your transaction, they can easily add up to thousands of dollars. They're generally around 3% to 6% of the purchase price of the home. Your lender is required to give you a written, good-faith estimate of all your closing costs within three days of your applying for a loan. However, don't  More...
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