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  • 1. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 47
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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 are closing costs and hidden costs associated with getting a mortgage? Views: 47
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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...
  • 3. What information should I be looking for on my credit report and how do I correct any errors? Views: 38
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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...
  • 4. What closing costs are associated with FHA loans? Views: 38
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    Terms of Use: Except for the addition of an FHA mortgage insurance premium, FHA closing costs are similar to those of a conventional loan. The FHA requires a single, up-front mortgage insurance premium equal to 2.25% of the mortgage to be paid at closing (or 1.75% if you complete the HELP program). This initial premium may be partially refunded if the loan is paid in full during the first seven years of the loan term. After closing, you will then be responsible for an annual premium, paid mont  More...
  • 5. What are steps I should take before making an offer to buy a home? Views: 36
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    Terms of Use Buying a home is a big decision! By considering the items below, you can help ensure that you make the best decision possible: Determine what you need from your home From its location and schools to the number of bedrooms and square footage, create a prioritized checklist of what is important to you. This checklist should be shared with your real estate agent and used to evaluate homes when viewing them. Your focus here is to make sure that the home is right for you. The eva  More...
  • 6. What is earnest money and how much is customary? Views: 35
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    Terms of Use Earnest money is money put down to demonstrate your seriousness about buying a home. It must be substantial enough to demonstrate good faith and is usually between 1-5% of the purchase price (though the amount can vary with local customs and market conditions). If your offer is accepted, the earnest money becomes part of your down payment or closing costs. If the offer is rejected, your money is returned to you. If you back out of a deal for anything other than a contingency th  More...
  • 7. How and when can I drop PMI? Views: 35
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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...
  • 8. How do I select a home that is best for me and my family? Views: 31
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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...
  • 9. Can I get a credit report for free? Views: 26
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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. The   More...
  • 10. Tell me more about credit scores and credit reports. Views: 22
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    Terms of Use A credit report is a report that brings together information about an individual's credit history, such as your total outstanding debt and if you repaid your debt on time. A credit report contains information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you've been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. The three primary credit reporting agencies that collect your credit history are Equifax , Experian and TransUnion . These consumer reporting companies sell the  More...
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