Understanding Truth in Lending

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — buying a house isn’t easy, there’s a lot to know and you simply cannot go into it without some education. One of the more important forms in your buying process comes when you make loan application. At that time, you’ll get something called a Truth… Continue Reading

12 ways to reduce your mortgage payment

Even though the housing market seems to be rebounding, we are still living in uncertain times and people are increasingly conscious of how much money they’re spending on necessities. If you’re like most people, you’ve managed to slim your grocery budget, reduced your heating costs and eliminated those subscriptions you barely use so you can… Continue Reading

New Mortgage Rules in 2014

In 2013, we finally saw hard evidence that the real estate market is ready for some positive changes: home values have increased, bringing many underwater mortgages to value or better, foreclosures have slowed and everybody is generally in a pretty good mood. If you’ve been putting off buying a home, 2014 is your year. There… Continue Reading

Understanding mortgage points

Mortgage points is a unique American approach to home financing. A mortgage point is an amount equivalent to 1% of the mortgage loan amount. For example, if you take a loan of $300,000, one point would be $3000. There are two kinds of mortgage points: Origination points and Discount points. Origination Points Origination fee is… Continue Reading

Mortgage Interest Rate vs APR

When you apply for a mortgage loan, the lender is required by the federal ‘Truth in Lending Act’ to tell you both the interest rate and the annual percentage rate (APR). This enables borrowers to know the true cost and perform apples to apples comparison of loan offers by competing lenders. Your monthly payment, however,… Continue Reading