Categorized: Mortgage Basics

This past year has been a tremendous one for homebuyers and refinancers, with near-record setting lows for mortgage rates across the country. As we head towards another new year, the question on everyone’s mind has become: will we see the trend of low rates continue into 2021, or are we in for an increase? Current…

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Is My Mortgage a Tax Deduction? Yes, owning a home also comes with many qualified mortgage tax deductions, also called tax write-offs. To claim your mortgage interest tax deductions, you must itemize your taxes instead of taking the standard deduction. Your Mortgage Tax Deductions There are several components to a mortgage that allow for mortgage…

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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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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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Here are Mortgage DOs and DON’Ts to follow during your loan process. DO: Keep All Records in Good Order. Availability– Keep your financial records close at hand in case updates are requested. Income– Be aware that underwriters typically verify your income and tax documents through your employer(s), CPA, and/or IRS tax transcripts. Hold onto new…

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How Much Can You Finance with $960/Month? As rates rise, affordability dwindles. If you want more home for the same monthly payment, acting before mortgage rates rise further may be a direct path to success. Each example here shows the principal and interest payment for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan. 1- Loan of $180,000Interest rate: 5.00%…

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The lowest mortgage rate is the best, right? The lowest rate certainly sounds best. But did you know the lowest rate doesn’t always mean the lowest cost? Mortgage interest is just one component of the real cost of owning a home. Interest rates are a reflection of expectations for inflation and the supply/demand equation for…

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