If youâve been researching mortgages, or are in the process of taking out a home loan, youâve probably come across the term âimpoundsâ or âescrows.â When you hear these seemingly scary words, the loan officer or mortgage broker is referring to an impound account, also known as an escrow account. You may even be told [&hellip
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Mortgage Q&A: âWhy are refinance rates higher?â If youâve been comparing mortgage rates lately in an effort to save some money on your home loan, you may have noticed that refinance rates are higher than purchase loan rates. This seems to be the case for a lot of big banks out there, including Chase, Citi, [&hellip
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Mortgage Q&A: âWhat is a streamline refinance?â While qualifying for a mortgage refinance is generally a lot harder than it has been in the past (now that lenders actually care how your home loan performs), there are less cumbersome options available. In fact, many lenders offer âstreamlinedâ alternatives to existing homeowners to lower costs and [&hellip
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Yet another year is about to come to an end, and that means it’s time to look ahead to what next year has in store. I think just about everyone wants to see the back of 2020, though it wasn’t all bad news. The housing market actually held up surprisingly well, and mortgage lenders enjoyed [&hellip
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Mortgage rates can be pretty volatile. Just like stocks, they can change daily depending on whatâs happening in the economy. Beyond that, mortgage rates can move based on news that doesnât involve a report on the economic calendar, such as a jobs report, GDP, housing starts, inflation, etc. Even if there isnât a direct financial [&hellip
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A lot of homeowners are looking to refinance their mortgages at the moment. Thatâs abundantly clear based on the record volume of refis expected this year, per the MBA. And while mortgage rates are in record low territory, thus making the decision to refinance an easy one for most, it still pays to shop around. [&hellip
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To say residential real estate is on fire would be a huge understatement. In fact, itâs so popular that weâre literally running out of homes. Simply put, there are too many home buyers and not enough properties for sale, nor is the supply being replenished fast enough. In a way, it reminds me of the [&hellip
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It’s that time again, where I take a look at a pair of popular mortgage programs to determine which may better suit certain situations. Today’s match-up: “15-year fixed mortgage vs. 30-year fixed mortgage.” As always, there is no one-size-fits-all solution because everyone is different and may have varying real estate and financial goals. For example, [&hellip
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Mortgage Q&A: âDoes a refinance require an appraisal?â A reader recently asked if they needed an appraisal to refinance their existing mortgage, knowing they can often add weeks to the loan process. As with anything in the mortgage realm, the answer is it depends. Mainly, it depends on the type of loan you plan to [&hellip
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Thereâs nothing inherently wrong with living with your parents, other than EVERYTHING! So letâs talk about how to GET OUT! To be clear, Iâm going to discuss moving out and buying a place of your own, not moving out and renting, seeing that the latter is fairly self-explanatory. The desire to move out might be [&hellip
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