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Where to Get a Mortgage: Bank, Broker, or Online?

cnythzl/iStock Wondering where to get a mortgage? More than three-quarters of home-buying consumers need a loan to purchase property. As borrowers, we know that shopping around is the key to getting the best deal on most items. Plenty of us, however, somehow miss that message…

September 27, 2019

What Is a Jumbo Loan? It’s Not as Huge as You Might Think

BrianAJackson/iStock; At first glance, a jumbo loan seems self-explanatory: It’s a great, big loan, right? Essentially, that’s true. Obtaining a jumbo loan allows you to borrow a higher loan amount than the maximum value of a conforming loan. A conforming loan essentially “conforms” to guidelines set…

September 26, 2019

What Are Mortgage Points? Upfront Fees That Could Save You Money

skynesher/iStock What are mortgage points? The interest rate your mortgage lender offers you when you buy or refinance a house is not necessarily the rate you have to stick with. In fact, you can lower your mortgage rate by shelling out at closing for something…

September 25, 2019

5 Indications That You Could, in Fact, Afford to Buy a House Now

Feverpitched/iStock So you’re ready to ditch your landlord and the noisy neighbors who live above you. But instead of seeking out another place to rent, have you considered (like, seriously considered) buying? For many people, purchasing a home is one of those bucket-list items—something…

September 24, 2019

What Is a Broker’s Open House? A Smart Way to Market Your Home

Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock If you’re trying to sell your home, it’s likely your real estate agent has suggested hosting a broker’s open house. But, what is that, exactly? Long story short, it’s an open house not for home buyers, but for their real estate agents so they can determine whether your property is right for…

September 24, 2019

Mortgage Broker vs. Bank: Which Is Better for Buying a Home?

When you’re looking for a mortgage, to either buy a home or refinance one, you can use a mortgage broker or deal directly with the bank. Using a broker to get a home loan instead of going directly through a bank loan officer or other…

September 24, 2019

How to Get a Mortgage With Bad Credit: How Low Can You Go?

courtneyk/iStock It’s one of those home-buying riddles that many think is all but unsolvable: How can a home buyer get a mortgage with bad credit? After all, if your credit score is abysmal, you may as well kiss your dreams of a home loan…

September 22, 2019

15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage? How to Decide

Chunumunu/iStock Banks offer a dizzying array of mortgage options, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in the mortgage process is how long your home loan will last. In other words, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of a…

September 21, 2019