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  • 1. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 45
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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. Tell me more about FHA loans Views: 26
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    Terms of Use What are FHA loans? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) works to make home ownership a possibility for more Americans. The FHA is not a lender but rather an insurer of loans. The FHA issues guidelines to banks and credit unions to follow so that as long as a loan meets those terms, it agrees to insure against loss. FHA loans are attractive for first-time homebuyers who might not have saved enough for a down payment of 5% or more for a conventional loan or whose debt-to-income r  More...
  • 3. Why and when should I refinance my mortgage? Views: 25
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    Terms of Use: The Whys: To save money when market rates are lower than what you are paying. To pay off non-deductible consumer debt using some of the equity built up in your home. To change your present adjustable mortgage to a fixed rate or vice versa. To get cash for home improvements, college education, second home purchases and personal investments. The Whens: If you are refinancing your mortgage for the reasons defined in 2-4 above, then it really comes down to understanding how much   More...
  • 4. What information should I be looking for on my credit report and how do I correct any errors? Views: 20
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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 accu  More...
  • 5. 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...
  • 6. What is a Credit Score and how is it different than a Credit Report? Views: 19
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    Terms of Use Credit Score A credit score (ranging from 300 to 850) is a measure of your credit worthiness or how likely you are to pay back your debts and do so on time. You want to have a high score. Your credit score is used by lenders, credit card companies, employers, landlords, insurance companies and others in evaluating whether to extend credit to you. The higher your credit score, the lower the assumed risk to lend you money. While no specific definition of “good” is un  More...
  • 7. What is HUD and how does HUD help homebuyers and homeowners? Views: 19
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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...
  • 8. What is PMI? Views: 19
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    Terms of Use: PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI is an insurance policy taken out by a mortgage company to protect the lender in case you are unable to make your mortgage payments and the lender forecloses. However, PMI does nothing to protect you, the borrower. When you took out the loan to purchase your home, the lender added the cost of this insurance to your monthly payment unless you made at least a 20% down payment. Once you pay off enough of the loan to meet this 20% th  More...
  • 9. How do I save enough for a down payment to buy a house? Views: 19
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    Terms of Use: With current mortgage rates nearing all-time lows and home prices continuing to climb, you want to "get while the gettin's good!" But accumulating enough for a down payment on your first home can be one of the toughest financial challenges you'll face. The traditional down payment requirement used to be 20 percent of your home's purchase price. However, lending rules have changed recently, so you may be able to put down less (5 or 10 percent) to qualify for a mortgage. But keep in   More...
  • 10. What are steps I should take before making an offer to buy a home? Views: 18
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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...
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