Category: Mortgages

8 Benefits of a Conventional Mortgage Loan

Written by Jason Nelson on June 11, 2015
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With interest rates kept at record lows, many Americans are planning to buy a house or refinance their mortgages. To make the best possible decision, weighing the loan options available today is a must. Among all the options, a conventional loan offers unique features that can benefit various situations and put many individuals on a […]

Discount Points Will Lower Your Mortgage Payment

Written by Jason Nelson on May 29, 2015
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Defined as a form or prepaid interest, discount points, or mortgage points, allow consumers to get a lower rate on a fixed-rate mortgage. This indirectly means that mortgage points and interest rates are inversely proportional, each discount point paid lowering the rate by 0.25 percent. Discount points should not be confused with origination points, which […]

Should You Pay Discount Points On Your Home Loan?

Written by Jason Nelson on May 28, 2015
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Anyone thinking about getting a home loan wants a low interest rate, but not everyone will qualify for one. Assuming that the lender doesn’t want to negotiate a lower rate, there’s one more option borrowers should know about: discount points, also referred to as mortgage points. What Are Discount Points? Defined as a fee a […]

Differences Between VA Appraisal and a Home Inspection

Written by Jason Nelson on May 12, 2015

VA appraisals and home inspections are two critical pieces of the home-buying “puzzle.” What many people don’t know is that a VA appraisal is different from a home inspection, each service being designed for very specific purposes. This means that a VA appraisal cannot replace a home inspection, and vice versa.

What Are Appraisal Requirements for a Conventional Loan?

Written by Jason Nelson on April 18, 2015
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Before a lender offers terms for a conventional loan, an appraiser must evaluate the home’s market value. This protects the lending institution from making a loan that exceeds the value of the property, putting depositor and investor money at risk. Though there are three models for determining the appraised value of a home, the standard […]