When applying for a home loan, you will hear the term “debt-to-income ratio” and why you need to know yours. Debt-to-income ratio is the total amount of money you owe per month to the total you earn, shown as a percentage, and is essential to understanding your financial health.
Owning a home is a huge financial responsibility. If you are not prepared for it, you could face financial hardships, fall behind on your monthly mortgage payments, and even foreclose on your home. Here is what you can do to help you prepare a homeownership budget.
Emergencies happen when you least expect them. Perhaps you need plumbing repair or a tree landed on your roof during a storm. Whatever the case may be, have you given any thought to how you will cover these costs? As a homeowner, when you create your homeownership budget, you should factor repairs and emergencies into […]
When you put your home up for sale, your real estate agent will list it on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and he or she has exclusive rights to advertise and attempt to sell your property for a given amount of time. At that point, your listing is Active. When your home becomes withdrawn from […]
Before you purchase a home, it is essential to do your research. After all, you want to know as much information about the home as possible to ensure that it is safe and won’t throw any unpleasant surprises at you. This includes professional home inspections and checking a home’s public records. Thankfully, many of the […]
For many would-be homeowners, fulfilling the American Dream and owning their own home is often put off by one obstacle in particular—student loan debt. As a first time homebuyer with student debt, you may find yourself renting a home or apartment instead of purchasing your own home, which can be demoralizing if you yearn to […]
Building a new home is exciting. You get to customize an existing home plan or create your very own design to get a home that is unique and meets your needs. But when building your own home, a conventional mortgage just won’t cut it because there is no home to use as collateral. As such, […]
Refinancing your home? You may have heard stories from neighbors, friends, or family members that mention how they refinanced their home multiple times over the years. But how often can you refinance your mortgage, realistically? Technically speaking, you can refinance your home as many times as you need, as long as it makes sense financially […]
You may hear it often advertised: Get a mortgage with no money down. But what is a no money down, or zero down payment, mortgage? As its name suggests, a no money down mortgage is a mortgage where the price of the loan is 100% financed. If you are approved, you get the loan amount […]
Why refinance? Most times, homeowners refinance their homes in order to take advantage of the current rate environment with the goal of paying less interest over the life of the loan. To put it simply, refinancing can be broken down into revising the loan’s interest rate, terms, payment schedule—typically when the market and your credit […]