Applying for a mortgage can feel overwhelming at first, especially if you aren’t familiar with industry jargon. Two terms that are often thrown around are adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, and fixed-rate mortgages. Understanding the differences between these two types of mortgages will make you feel more comfortable and confident with the application process. They may…

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The nature of law enforcement has changed over the past decade across the country. In the past, many police agencies had the “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” mentality when it came to reducing crime and working with the community and were either unwilling or unable to change how they interacted with members of…

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When people think about buying a home, they likely envision attending open houses and picking out new paint colors, not securing a mortgage. While getting a mortgage isn’t as glamorous as other aspects of buying a home, it is arguably the most important step in the process. Without a mortgage, most people wouldn’t have a…

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Columbia, Missouri has a way of winning people over. With three colleges, a lively downtown and plenty of beautiful outdoor areas, there’s always something new and exciting happening in Columbia. USA Mortgage is a premium relocation lender in Columbia, and we love introducing new residents to the area. If you’re planning to relocate to our…

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Are you thinking about purchasing your first home? If so, congratulations! Homeownership is a wonderful experience, and the road to buying your first house is an exciting one. It’s likely different from any purchase you’ve made in the past, so it’s important to be prepared for the unique process. Below are my top four pieces…

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Veterans, we are eternally grateful for the sacrifices you have made for our country. While there is nothing we can do to adequately thank you for your service, we can offer guidance and assistance during your homebuying process. We are here to help you navigate VA loans and get the keys of your dream home…

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How does mortgage amortization really work? A fixed rate loan can also be referred to as a fixed payment loan – However, the amount of principal and interest paid changes with each payment. Interest Paid – The math behind “amortization” or paying a loan off in a fixed period of time starts with the amount…

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The Fed Increased Rates

The Fed increased rates at their most recent meeting. They also indicated they will likely raise rates three additional times in 2018. Please read on for more: First, who is the Fed and what do they do? The Federal Reserve Board (the Fed), controls the Fed Fund Rate and the Discount Rate. These are charges…

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APR (Annual Percentage Rate) Comparing the cost of Home loans When you see a loan rate advertised, you’ll also see a corresponding APR (4.5%/4.762% APR). This Annual Percentage Rate is the total cost of your loan (interest and fees) expressed as a single number. The purpose is to give you one number for comparing multiple loans….

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The FHA loan program

The FHA loan program was designed to help those who have trouble getting a home purchase a new home. In fact, the FHA loan program is the oldest loan program in the US. It’s been helping people get homes from close to 90 years. Created during the great depression and insured by the Federal Housing…

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