Texas Mortgage Refinancing See Uptick

The Federal Housing Finance Agency eliminated something called the “Adverse Market Refinance Fee,” a huge incentive for  homeowners looking to refinance their mortgage. The refinancing fee was rolled out in December as a way to pay for some of the COVID mortgage relief.  How it worked was, the agency calculated the fee by taking 0.5% of a […]

What questions will a mortgage lender ask?

Millions of mortgage applications are completed and sent to lenders each year. Part of the steps required include the lender gathering information about you—and sometimes those questions can seem invasive. Most of the questions are required as part of your approval. Let’s take a look at the things a mortgage lender will ask. Credit Lenders […]

How to use your 401(k) for a down payment

Setting aside funds for a down payment for a home loan isn’t easy. Buyers obtaining a traditional loan need at least 20 percent as a down payment; otherwise, private mortgage insurance (PMI) will be required. That can add a significant amount to pay on top your mortgage payment. Today, the median home listing price in […]

Honesty on Your Mortgage Application: Your Future Depends On It

While it may seem harmless to alter your information on your mortgage application, you don’t want to over inflate your income or fail to reveal where the down payment funds originated. Everyone wants to get the best loan they can afford at the best rates. But if you lie on that mortgage application you risk […]

You Really Can Be A Homeowner

Buying a home is a major life milestone, and with it comes a lot of financial scrutiny and planning. The initial part of the process of getting your mortgage is paying close attention to your finances. It is crucial you don’t do anything that will cause your mortgage to be denied. You need to have […]

Homebuying Preparedness

Do you dream of one day owning your own home? You need to be prepared. If you buy before you’re able, you can find you owe more on your property than what it’s worth. But when is the best time to buy a house? It is important to buy a home for the right reasons, […]

Do You Need A Realtor?

The short answer is no, but not using a realtor, instead thinking you can use the internet as your only means of information is short-sighted. From researching the projected cost of utilities to local zoning restrictions, you’re going to invest countless hours in research before making an offer. As a buyer, and especially as a […]

Creating a Mortgage Plan

If you’re shopping for a new home, you can calculate the home price you can pay and the mortgage schedule you will need based on the payment, down payment, taxes, and insurance you can afford. Fixed-rate mortgage Keeping the loan for the full loan term, such as 30 years, and making all of your payments […]

What does the government shutdown mean for my mortgage?

When the government shuts down, who gets hit hardest among people needing a home mortgage? The latest version of federal breakdown made one fact painfully clear: It all depends on the type of loan you’re shopping for, or already had in progress. For many borrowers a VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) mortgage or FHA (Federal […]

Non-Conforming Home Loans in Texas

A residential mortgage that does not conform to the loan purchasing guidelines set by the Federal National Mortgage Association and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation is called a non-conforming loan. The significant difference between a conforming and a nonconforming loan is the loan’s limits. Non-conforming loans in Texas or jumbo loans have higher limits, and […]