There are plenty of myths associated with VA loans, many of which are completely untrue and unfounded. One of these myths is that VA loans can take forever to close. […]
Itâs been a while since I last posted a mortgage match-up, so without further ado, hereâs the latest installment: “Prepay the mortgage or invest instead?” There are likely thousands of articles that deal with this very subject, all with plenty of differing opinions, but we are in unprecedented times. Mortgage rates have never been lower [&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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Similar to the increased waiting times to get a COVID-19 test these days, itâs taking an extended amount of time to get a mortgage to the finish line. The reason is simply unprecedented demand, just like those COVID-19 tests. The more people that need one, the longer the wait, period. This is the downside to [&hellip
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If youâve yet to enter the housing market, but are thinking of buying a home in 2021, thereâs a lot you need to know. As I once pointed out, this isnât your older siblingâs housing market. Not just anyone can get a mortgage these days. You actually have to qualify. But weâll get to that [&hellip
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Some good news for homeowners struggling to make ends meet thanks to COVID-19, which as the name implies has been going on for a while now. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has just announced an extension to the COVID forbearance period, which was previously capped at 360 [&hellip
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Mortgage match-ups: “Mortgage rates vs. the stock market.” With all the recent stock market volatility, you may be wondering what effect such events have on mortgage rates. Do mortgage rates go up if stocks go down and vice versa? Or do they move in relative lockstep? Let’s find out! Stocks and Mortgage Rates Follow the [&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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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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With mortgage rates at or near all-time record lows, youâve likely pondered a refinance if youâre an existing homeowner. But you probably have a lot of questions too, especially if itâs your first time refinancing a home loan. Letâs clear up some of the confusion by tackling some of the most common refinance questions out [&hellip
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