When purchasing a home, buyers are responsible for paying closing costs and prepaids. The difference between the two can often be confusing, especially since they are paid when closing on a home purchase. Here’s what you need to know so you’re prepared for closing day. Closing Costs vs. Prepaids: What’s the Difference? You might hear […]
How Much House Can I Afford?
Most of us, at some point, dream of buying and owning a home. In addition, the initial investment can grow into a significant profit because of property value appreciation. For both first-time and experienced homebuyers, the question becomes: “How much home can I afford?” Calculating the Limit Working with a professional Realtor and lender at […]
How Do Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market?
Most prospective home buyers work with a mortgage lender to finance a home purchase. In fact, according to a U.S. Census statistic in 2020, 64.8% of current homeowners used a mortgage loan to buy their homes. As interest rates fluctuate, borrowers generally lock in fixed rates to ensure that their monthly mortgage payments remain steady […]
What is a Mortgage?
Unless homebuyers pay cash for the total price of a home, they are likely to borrow at least some of the money needed to make the purchase. Lenders offer a broad array of secured loans, known as mortgages, to help buyers realize their dream. A mortgage is a loan used to purchase real estate, a […]
Pros and Cons of Paying Off a Mortgage Early
Soon after signing mortgage loan documents that lock in a 15- or 30-year debt, homeowners dream about paying off the debt early to get rid of the monthly burden. But, even if you could pay the mortgage off early, is it a good idea? When Considering Paying Off a Mortgage Early Paying off a mortgage […]