Truth about Down Payments - Should I pay 20%? [ Real Estate Insider ]

Aug 5, 2020 4:43:58 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, home purchase, negotiation, housing demand, financing, misconceptions, loan

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Have you ever wondered how much you need to budget for a down payment on a house? Like any other large purchase, lenders usually want a down payment to secure a mortgage. The amount may vary depending on your situation, but most financial advisors recommend paying at least 20% of the value of the home as a down payment. First of all, this reduces the total amount you have to borrow. It also covers Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) fees that lenders would include if you don't reach the 20% down-payment threshold.

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Financing and Obtaining Mortgage [Must-Know Real Estate]

Mar 17, 2020 4:02:24 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Home Loan, financing

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Mortgage Brokers/Bankers

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Home-Buyer Loan Strategies [OPTIONS REVEALED]

Feb 17, 2020 1:20:53 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home ownership, financing, buying a home, income, loan, rates

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Real Estate Insider - Credit, Credit Resources and Credit Counselors

Feb 5, 2020 11:28:31 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in homebuyers, Credit, Credit Score, financing, capital, mortgage payments, homebuying, boosting credit, credit bureaus

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There are three major credit reporting agencies.

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The Loan Approval Phase

Feb 2, 2020 9:26:08 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Home Loan, financing, capital, buying a home, income, credit bureaus

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Lender Evaluates Mortgage Loan Application:

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4 reasons why buying a home with cash may be a mistake...

Oct 8, 2019 4:49:14 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Mortgage, Pre-Approval, Pre-Qual, Lending, Home Loan, Pre-Qualification, Approval, professional, home purchase, financing contigency, FHA, closing costs, homebuyers, home ownership, PITIA, financing, capital, payments, mortgage payments, emergency funds, boosting credit, income, asset, myths, credit bureaus

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There’s a common misconception out there that buying a home with cash is always a faster and easier option than financing. If you have the funds to buy a home in cash (congrats on that saving, by the way), financing might actually be a better option. Financing your purchase with a qualified lender offers homebuyers a host of unique advantages that cash buyers just can’t enjoy. If you’re weighing your cash vs. financing options, consider the following:

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5 steps to get ready for your home search

Sep 15, 2019 7:43:00 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Pre-Approval, home shopping, house hunting, home search, homebuyers, housing market, step-by-step, Credit, first-time, homeownership, home tours, home ownership, financing, before you buy, buying a home, moving checklist, homebuying, boosting credit, loan

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In a competitive market where homes can fly off the market in a week or less, it’s essential that buyers come to the table prepared. Here’s a list of steps every home buyer should consider in their search.

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Rates are falling... What does it mean for your home search?

Aug 28, 2019 9:30:52 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Insider, Mortgage, Pre-Approval, Home Loan, Approval, homebuyers, housing market, St. Louis, housing demand, financing, loan, rates

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Know the Benefits of Owning a Home Before Starting Your Home Search

Jun 27, 2019 7:54:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in earnest money, closing costs, taxes, insurance, homebuyers, housing market, step-by-step, Credit, homeownership, home ownership, financing, payments, maintenance, emergency funds, before you buy, homebuying

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Home ownership has always been part of the American Dream. Because of that, many people start their home search without considering the benefits or risks. If you are contemplating buying a home, you should know and review the advantages & challenges of the investment decision you are about to make and all that comes with it before signing on the dotted line.

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