5 Things to Know About FHA 203(k) Loans

About a month ago, the vacant house two lots north of me finally sold after being on the market for six months and sitting empty for (my neighbor estimates) about 20 years. That little time capsule was in great shape, but it was super outdated — it didn’t even have central heat and air, which… Continue Reading

6 Good Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

The news is abuzz with the quarter percent interest increase that came from the Federal Reserve back in mid December, causing all sorts of panic and riots in the street. Well, maybe not riots — but a lot of people are wondering if they need to refinance now or if they’ve already missed their opportunity.… Continue Reading

4 Ways Mortgage Insurance Helps Homebuyers

There are few dirtier words to the average home buyer than “mortgage insurance.” Article after article has been written on ways to avoid mortgage insurance and on why it’s an awful, terrible thing, but I’m here to tell you something new. Mortgage insurance isn’t always a horrifying scar on your mortgage paperwork. In fact, mortgage… Continue Reading

Assumable Mortgages Aren’t Outdated Options

Let me tell you all a little story about mortgages. Long, long ago interest rates were extremely high, reaching nearly 19 percent in the early 1980s. At the same time, there were also assumable mortgages: a loan product that allowed a buyer to take over the loan on a home with the terms remaining intact.… Continue Reading