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How Mortgage Rates Are Affected by Mortgage Backed Securities

Mortgage rates are affected by mortgage backed securities, usually when the money supply significantly increases or reduces. It is important to distinguish between mortgage rates and the Federal Reserve interest rate, also known as the Discount Rate.  While the two tend to go hand in hand over the longer term, short-term variations can occur. We […]

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Mortgage Basics: The Pre-Approval Process

Many homebuyers are not aware that getting pre-approved for a home loan might just be what gets you them a new home faster. Before you start looking at homes, consider taking the time to talk with a lender or two about getting pre-approved for a mortgage so speed up the closing process and prevent missing […]

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Strategies for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster

When taking out a mortgage, buyers often consider how they will get a rate that will enable them to pay off their mortgage as quickly as possible. In other words, they want the lowest rate possible, as we all do. Many times it is often only those that are approaching retirement that actually start to […]

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Adjustable Rate vs Fixed Rate Mortgage Basics

Adjustable Rate Mortgage Basics: ARM or Fixed Rate? With an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) you pay a fixed rate of interest on your mortgage for a specified period, after which the rate adjusts until the term of the loan is complete. The initial monthly payments will generally be lower than those with a fixed interest […]

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Should I Lock My Mortgage Rate Now?

A very common question for any consumer that might be considering refinancing an existing home loan or purchasing a new home is “Should I lock my mortgage rate?”. This is a very important question and the answer can seemingly change from day to day, depending on what is going on in the markets. Your specific […]

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Qualifying for a Better Mortgage Interest Rate

You may not know it, but the interest rate you’ll pay for your home loan depends on a number of different factors. Changing any one of these factors can help not only make you a better candidate for a loan, but also ease the financial burden that comes from a major purchase like buying a […]

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Tips for Paying Down Your Motgage Fast

Whether you have an FHA loan or a private mortgage from the bank down the street, the idea of paying off your loan is no doubt attractive. If you’re in a good place financially, there are ways to take your 30 year mortgage and pay it off in half, or even a third of the […]

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Adjustable Rate Mortgage Terms

Many new home buyers are focused more on the affordability of their monthly payments today without enough focus on the future payments they may have to pay if their loan adjusts to a possibly higher rate sooner than expected. Sometimes borrowers will take a shorter term, adjustable rate term when a longer term adjustable rate […]

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Fixed and Adjustable Rate Mortgage Basics

With mortgage rates at some of the lowest levels in decades, many borrowers are considering whether a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage is better suited for their needs. We are going to walk you through the two main mortgage options that you can select from, along with the core benefits and some of the […]

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Before You Apply For A Mortgage Be Careful With Your Credit

Consumers In The Eyes Of Lenders Your credit history may seem like a vague and abstract stack of file entries to you. But to banks, the numbers and ledger entries are all they need or want to know about you. What lenders find in your credit report will determine how they respond when you apply […]

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