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4 Reasons Why You Should Refinance NOW

Mortgage interest rates have been near record lows this year, and the latest forecasts have rates falling even lower in the coming year. Many homeowners have already been taking advantage of these historically low rates by refinancing their mortgages. If you have not yet refinanced, here are four good reasons why now is the perfect time: 1. Save Money Now and Later If you took out a home loan at an interest rate any higher than today’s current rates, you could possibly save yourself hundreds of dollars a month on payments and tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the course...

January 22nd, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, 4 Reasons Why You Should Refinance NOW

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What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

When you bought your house, the fees you paid included the closing costs for your mortgage, your down payment, and maybe some mortgage points. Now that you are ready to sell, there are a few more costs that you need to anticipate. In fact, according to Realtor.com, sellers often pay between 6% -10% of the sale price in fees and commissions. Real Estate Agent Commission Fees It is customary for home sellers to pay both the seller’s and the buyer’s real estate agent commission fees out of the proceeds of the sale. The standard rate is 3% for each, totally 6% of the sales price ...

January 15th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

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How to Pay for Your Home Improvement Project

Whether its remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or building a new deck outside, most homeowners will eventually want to make changes to their homes. While these improvements usually cost much less than it would to buy a new home, they can still be expensive. For example, even minor kitchen remodels cost an average of $21,000 in 2018, according to Remodeling Magazine, with mid-range kitchen updates averaging as much as $64,000. Many homeowners do not have that kind of cash lying around. Fortunately, there are at least four different ways to pay for a home improvement project. Home Equity Loa...

January 8th, 2020 | Home Equity, HELOC, How to Pay for Your Home Improvement Project

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3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

When you take out a mortgage loan, your lender puts a lot of trust in you to repay the loan. Lenders can do this because they do thorough financial background checks on borrowers before agreeing to lend money. Your interest rate will be based on how credit-worthy you are based on those checks. Examining bank statements is one of the ways lenders check for eligibility.  If you want to have better odds of being approved for a mortgage, before you apply, make sure that your bank accounts do not include these three things in the last two months of statements: 1. Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) c...

January 1st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Preapproval, Credit, Purchasing a Home, 3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

All of us at First Mortgage Company would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that 2020 is a year full of happiness, health and prosperity for you and your loved ones. All the Best, First Mortgage Company

December 23rd, 2019 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

You think you understand how much your mortgage payment is going to be and then your first bill comes. There seems to be more included in your payment than you expected. What are all the fees in your monthly mortgage bill? Mortgage Principal Your mortgage principal is the base amount of money you needed to borrow to buy a home. For example, if you are buying a $200,000 home and you put down $20,000, your principal is $160,000. Almost all home loans are amortized, meaning they are structured so that the amount of principal you repay each month starts out small and increases over time. Dur...

December 18th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

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