Down Payment

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?

Is the idea of saving for a down payment holding you back from buying a home right now? You may be eager to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, but the thought of needing a large down payment might make you want to pump the brakes. Today, there’s still a common myth that you have to …

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True Cost of Buying a Home

The True Cost of Buying a Home

As you begin to consider purchasing a new home one of the first things you should do is get an idea of what “the numbers” will look like.  Ultimately the 2 most important numbers will be (1) the monthly payment and (2) how much money you will need at closing, but there are a lot …

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Renting While Saving for a House:

…..The Catch 22 Here’s the Situation: You think you don’t have enough money saved to purchase a home, so you’re renting for a few more months… or even years. But here’s the Problem: The cost to rent is steadily increasing; however renter’s total income is not. In turn, a higher percentage of income goes towards …

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Automated Underwriting and The Home Mortgage Process

If you have relatively good credit, today’s automated underwriting systems provide a list of only the documentation that is necessary to satisfy the lender. The way it works is that once the lender has your application and has pulled your credit, the file is uploaded to one of three locations, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or …

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