Everyone’s construction loan roadmap will be a little different and take different timeframes. The single biggest item that impacts how long it takes to close on your construction loan is when adequate plans and a budget are available. Because the construction loan appraisal is based on the plans and specs of the project, the appraiser
Just the thought, idea or hearing the term adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) can create a negative reaction in people. Some people would prefer riding on an atomic weapon just as Slim Pickens did in Stanley Kubrick’s famous movie than to get an ARM. This reaction is perfectly understandable. About 90% of mortgages people take out are
As part of the government’s plan to help provide economic relief to millions of families, the Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to record lows. So what does that mean for homeowners? With historically low interest rates, now is the perfect time to refinance your mortgage and significantly lower your monthly payments. With many families
While a mortgage is a necessity for many people who have the dream of owning a home, it is also a form of debt. Most people do not like owing money to someone else. Therefore, homeowners might be looking for ways to pay off their mortgage early. The reality is that people are charged interest for having a mortgage. If a mortgage is paid off early, this is less money than the bank will take and more money in the pockets of homeowners.
There is a long list of things that people need to do when they are looking to buy a home; however, it is also important for people to know what to avoid as this process unfolds. There is a lot for people to remember and it is easy for people to get carried away when they start looking at their dream homes. Even though it is great to look at a bunch of houses and imagine living there, it is critical for people to stay grounded and know what to avoid.
By now, it should be apparent that this COVID-19 (Corona-virus) pandemic is going to be here for several months. It is already causing the market to plummet and is disrupting jobs all over the country. Many people who work as hourly employees (or are independent contractors) are starting to suffer. As people's budgets start to feel the squeeze, this is exactly the time that people should be relying on an emergency fund; however, for those who don't have one, it is time to start saving.
When someone is looking to purchase a house, they need to think about how long they want their mortgage to last. While a bank can structure a mortgage to last for any number of years, the most common lengths are 15 and 30 years. While a 30-year mortgage is typically more affordable, a 15-year mortgage is cheaper overall.
When someone purchases their first home, this is a significant step. There are a number of issues that people need to think about because purchasing a home is typically someone's most significant investment.
As you come up to the date of your closing, there's time to reflect on everything that led to this step. Your real estate agent, mortgage broker, title company and others all work hard to ensure a successful closing for you. They're all in your corner, hoping for the same outcome as you. They've had to do a lot of work behind the scenes that you may not even be aware of. Their diligence and professionalism has already benefited you.
A reverse mortgage is a way to use the equity value that built up in a home to improve the quality of life for those who have appropriate circumstances when they reach the retirement age of 62 or older. With a reverse mortgage, a person continues to live in their own home and retains the title to it but does not have to make any monthly reverse mortgage payments.