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Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

How To Consolidate Debt with a Refinance Loan

Americans have a lot of debt. As of mid-2019, U.S. borrowers owed a total of $1.4 trillion in student loans and another $1.07 trillion in consumer credit card debt. And then of course there’s the $1.28 trillion in auto loan debt. Add in first and second mortgages, home equity loans, boat and RV loans, medical bills and personal loans and it's clear that many Americans are carrying a heavy debt burden. If you are a homeowner and fall into that category, you might consider consolidating your debts by refinancing your mortgage. What is Consolidating? Consolidating your debt means ...

August 21st, 2019 | Refinancing a Home, Mortgage Advice, How To Consolidate Debt with a Refinance Loan

How to Avoid Wire Fraud at Mortgage Closing

You have found the perfect property and made it all the way through the home buying process. The only thing left to do is wire the down payment and closing costs to your mortgage lender. Right before you are supposed to wire the money, you get an email from your lender giving you different instructions about where to send your funds. Since the email is clearly from your lender, you follow the instructions. You expect to be handed the keys at the end of the day, only to discover that you have been scammed and your entire down payment has vanished into the hands of an invisible criminal. Whil...

August 7th, 2019 | Mortgage Advice, How to Avoid Wire Fraud at Mortgage Closing