Using the Equity in Your Home to Pay off Debt

Let’s say you’ve done your research, you want to consolidate debt, a personal loan isn’t for you, and you are comfortable using the equity in your home to pay off debt. You shop around for rates on a cash out refinance and you choose a lender. Half-way through the application process, the loan officer asks… 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

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

10 Tips for a Successful (and Beneficial) Mortgage Refinance

For most people, undertaking a mortgage refinance isn’t something they look forward to. The prospect of lowering monthly payments and paying less interest over the life of the loan are powerful motivators though, so let’s make sure your next refinance is your best. #1 Start by clearly identifying and defining your goals for refinancing. It’s… Continue Reading

Understanding Various Types of Mortgage Loan Programs

If the last time you shopped for a mortgage was over a decade ago, then you might be surprised by how much the menu of loan offerings has changed. Immediately following the housing crash, mortgage meltdown, and economic recession of the late 2000s, loan programs began to disappear and an overhaul of industry guidelines and… Continue Reading

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 That little time capsule was in great shape, but it was super outdated — it didn’t even have central heat and air, which… Continue Reading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