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Why This Fall Might Be the Best Time to Buy a House

The U.S. housing market has been in overdrive for the past several months, as buyers play catch up after the coronavirus pandemic shut down most home-shopping in the spring. Existing home sales in June and July both grew by more than 20% while inventory fell almost 33% in July. As we turn the corner into fall, you may be wondering if the market is too hot to buy. While it's impossible to predict exactly what the housing scene will look like, there are still several reasons why this 2020 autumn might be the best time to buy a home. Competition Could Decrease Fall is traditionally the ...

September 30th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Purchasing a Home, Why This Fall Might Be the Best Time to Buy a House

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What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

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What is Mortgage Amortization?

If you have a fixed-rate home mortgage, you pay the exact same amount each month. But did you know that the amount of principal you pay toward the balance of your loan changes from month to month? This is called amortization and it is a method of distributing the interest and principal over the course of a loan so that it is completely paid off by the end of the loan term. Understanding how it works could help save you plenty of interest on your mortgage. How does it work? When you agree to buy a house at a certain price, in reality, you will end up paying way more than that price to you...

May 8th, 2019 | Credit, Interest Rates, What is Mortgage Amortization?

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Should I Pay Mortgage Points?

If you are buying a home or refinancing, you have probably heard about “mortgage points.” This form of pre-paid interest can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your loan but in many circumstances is not worth the upfront cost. How do you know whether to pay points or not? Here’s a quick guide to help you figure it out. What are Mortgage Points? Mortgage points – also known as discount points - are essentially a way to pay some of the interest upfront on your home loan. One point is equal to 1% of your mortgage amount. For example, one point on a $100...

July 18th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, Should I Pay Mortgage Points?