Debt to Income Ratios: Total DTI and How to Reduce It

Let’s say you’re buying a house and you have calculated your front ratio or the comparison of your proposed housing debt to your usable income. You know your lender allows a 43% total DTI ratio, and your front ratio is an enviable 36%. But your loan officer informs you that your total or “back” DTI… Continue Reading

Escrows & Prepaids at Closing — What You Should Know

If you are buying a home or refinancing a mortgage, you should be aware of the two most potentially expensive components of your closing costs: Escrows and Prepaids. What Are Escrows and Prepaids? Escrows are the initial amount you must put aside (i.e., pay) at closing to fund your escrow account with sufficient funds so… Continue Reading

Is a Forbearance Agreement Right for You?

Have you been affected by COVID-19? Not physically – financially. Did you lose your job? Did your company cut back on your hours? Are you a homeowner and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to pay your bills on time? Then you might need a forbearance. What is a forbearance? On March 27, 2020, President Trump made… Continue Reading

Should You Take out a Debt Consolidation Loan?

Do you have a lot of debt? Student loan, car loans, credit card debt? Are you considering taking out a debt consolidation loan where you get a new loan that pays off all the other debt? These types of loans are popular because you get to put various different loans into one payment, which makes… Continue Reading

How to Avoid PMI? Know Your Options

Let’s say you’re buying a house or refinancing and you need PMI. What are your options (besides putting down 20%)? Take Two Mortgages to Avoid PMI That’s right. If you take two mortgages that add up to 90% or 95% (remaining 5-10% is your down payment), you can avoid paying PMI. How? Because your first… Continue Reading

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) FAQ

Are you buying a house and putting down less than 20%? Are you refinancing but have less than 20% equity? Whether you’re buying or refinancing, are you getting a conventional loan? Then you will need PMI. What is PMI? PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. It protects the lender from losing financially if you default… Continue Reading

What Are Jumbo Loans?

If you’re wondering why mortgages seemingly come in sizes, like tubs of popcorn at a movie theater, you’re not alone. A jumbo mortgage refers to a loan amount that’s higher than the conforming or high-balance loan limit for a particular county. Presently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set the maximum loan amount threshold for the… Continue Reading