What are the Pros and Cons of FHA Loans?

First time homebuyers, more than any class of homeowners, tend to be cash poor. That’s not a judgement statement — we all start somewhere. However, compared to other loans, FHA is much more forgiving of your liquidity-related woes. Because of FHA’s low down payments and small reserve requirements, along with options to roll your up-front… Continue Reading

Everything You Wanted to Know About Escrows

As your closing approaches, it seems more and more like everybody and their uncle is crawling out of the woodwork to demand your hard-earned money. You need deposits for the utilities, a great big moving truck and even more cash for something your banker swears he told you about — your mortgage escrow account. This… Continue Reading

8 Closing Nightmares and How to Manage Them

There are few experiences in life as exciting and stressful as buying a home. It’s a constant rollercoaster ride of thrills and fears, new experiences and cliffhangers that threaten to ruin all your dreams forever. By the time your inspections are over and your Realtor assures you there’s not much left to do but wait,… Continue Reading

Understanding the price of Closing Costs

Buying a house can be a confusing hurricane of paperwork, with lots of indecipherable legal documents and technical terms being tossed around. By the time you get to closing, you’re holding on by your fingernails, and just thankful that it’s almost over. You’re exhausted, emotionally and physically, but there’s just a little bit more to… 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