Category Archive: Personal Finance

Sep 18

How to Increase Your FICO Score to Get a Better Mortgage Rate

Is your credit score holding you back from getting the best rate on your next mortgage? The good news is that there are actions that you can take to increase your credit score and improve the interest rate offered on your next home loan. Here are a few easy and effective tips to help you …

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Aug 28

How to Deal with a Joint Mortgage Loan in the Event of a Divorce

During the course of a marriage, it is common for the couple to acquire property together. This is what is referred to as joint or community property. When a couple divorces, it is up to the parties involved to determine what happens to this joint property or let a judge use applicable law to determine …

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Aug 26

3 Mortgage Modification Scams to Watch Out For

As if homeowners who are facing foreclosure don’t have enough to worry about, a multitude of loan modification scam artists have invaded the internet, public files and even foreclosure notices in newspapers in hopes of targeting their next victim. By identifying the top three modification scams and learning how to avoid them, at-risk homeowners can …

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Aug 21

Three Tips to Try to Get a Mortgage Approval

Few people in the world can afford to pay the entire cost of a new home upfront, which is why banks and other financial institutions offer home loans. Also known as mortgages, those loans let you make monthly payments to pay off the money you borrow and the interest charged on that loan. If you …

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Aug 14

Is a 40-Year Mortgage Worth It?

There are different timetables for mortgages. The most common types are 15-year and 30-year mortgages. However, a mortgage broker can establish unique timetables for a homeowner, such as a 40-year mortgage. Friends may recommend going for a long-term timetable, but what do professionals think of a 40-year mortgage? Here is what you may want to …

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Jul 31

Can One Missed Mortgage Payment Affect Your Credit Rating?

Most people don’t know whether or not a single missed mortgage payment can have serious consequences for their credit score. The good news is that there are things that can be done to mitigate the damage and help anyone who has missed a payment repair their credit. What are some options to help homeowners get …

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Jul 17

Nearing Retirement: Three Reasons To Consider a Reverse Mortgage

If you are nearing retirement, a reverse mortgage might be right for you. This type of mortgage essentially allows you to turn your home equity into cash. If you find yourself with little money, a reverse mortgage could be the perfect solution, and here’s why. No Worries About Monthly Payments After taking on a mortgage, …

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Jun 25

Should You Finance The Sale Of Your Home By Yourself?

You’ve decided to put your home up for sale. Now, how are you going to make the most money selling it and get it sold the fastest? Perhaps you should consider providing owner financing, also known as seller financing. Why Isn’t The Buyer Getting Bank Financing? Usually a buyer gets bank financing when buying a …

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Feb 19

Can I Have A Co-Signer For My Mortgage?

Like credit cards or car loans, some mortgages allow borrowers to have co-signers on the loan with them, enhancing their loan application. However, a co-signer on a mortgage loan doesn’t have the same impact that it might on another loan. Furthermore, it poses serious drawbacks for the co-signer. What Is A Mortgage Co–Signer? A mortgage …

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Oct 23

How to Tackle PMI – Private Mortgage Insurance

You may have heard the term Private Mortgage Insurance when looking to finance real estate. What is PMI, and how do you know when you need to purchase it? The answer can be hard to find among all the real estate jargon you’re hearing lately. Below is the short version of what you need to …

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