Real Estate Tips

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Powering your home with solar energy, whether fully or in part, is certainly eco-friendly. Most of us are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and switching to solar power will help you achieve great strides toward your goal.

Let’s go over a few pros and cons you may wish to consider as you determine whether converting to solar power is right for you.

Pros

1.) Solar is Sustainable

When compared to consuming non-renewable fuels, it’s clear that solar power is infinitely more sustainable. Long after we’ve ceased powering our civilizations with fossil fuels and other combustibles, we will have access to solar, wind, and water power. By switching your home to solar now, you’re helping to move your community toward

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A home purchase is one of the biggest investments you can make so adding a layer of protection against property ownership issues makes sense. That’s where title insurance comes in. As a quick refresher, a “title” serves as proof that you are the owner with rights to the property. Read along to find out how title insurance works and why it is vital in a home purchase.

Why do you need title insurance on your new home?

Title insurance is meant to protect home buyers and lenders from any damages or losses due to a “bad title”. A title can become “bad” due to code violations, back taxes, liens, and conflicting wills. Another common situation where after the sale of a property, it turns out that the seller does not have any legal claim to it or the

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When you apply for a loan, your mortgage lender informs you of the maximum amount you can borrow, and this will help you get an idea of how much house you can afford. The question most buyers ask is how they reach this amount and what factors influence their decision?

Read on to understand the most common factors that lenders look at to know how much you can borrow.

1.) Gross Income

Most lenders prefer monthly mortgage payments don’t exceed 28% of your gross monthly income. At this percentage, they estimate a borrower will not stretch their budget too far and pay the loan without missing any payments.

Your gross monthly income is the amount you earn before deductions and other obligations, including social security, taxes, child support,

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When you’re preparing to purchase a home, you have a bevy of decisions to make. Even once you’ve decided on your budget, you’ll still have to decide on your ideal neighborhoods, whether you want to spend time renovating (or even flipping) a home, which school districts you prefer, and so much more.

Still, there’s yet another aspect many first-time homebuyers don’t consider much ahead of time: choosing the best home loan, and the best lender. We get it: home financing simply isn’t as instantly appealing as imagining one’s dream home. Ultimately, though, it’s at least as important as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your new abode.

With that in mind, let’s jump into today’s topic: Local vs. National Mortgage Companies, where we’ll compare

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Dreaming about your first home purchase but still be undecided on whether to choose an FHA loan or conventional loan? While both are popular choices for those looking for a low down payment, some differences may make one loan a better option than the other. 

This article will give you an idea of how they differ and give you insight as to which loan may work best in your situation.

What is an FHA loan?

An FHA loan is insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Lenient qualifications make it a good choice for those with lower credit scores and those with limited funds for the down payment. 

What is a Conventional loan?

On the other hand, conventional loans are not insured by a government agency and have qualifying terms set by

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Home renovations can be expensive, and saving up for extensive improvements could take years. Fortunately, you can fast-track your goals with a home improvement loan. 

Home improvement loans allow you to use the equity in your home to fund your home renovation. 

Benefits of a Home Renovation Project

1.) Increased Home Value

Prospective home buyers are willing to spend more if they see a kitchen or bathroom that has been updated or upgraded for convenience and functionality. 

2.) More Space

If your home feels cramped due to your growing family, extra bedrooms or living space can make living in your home comfortable once more. 

3.) Maintenance

Putting off home repairs can result in more considerable expenses down the road.

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When you shop around for a loan, you may encounter the term APR or annual percentage rate. Some people think that interest rates and APRs are the same, but in reality, there are subtle differences between the two.

This article will explain what an APR is and how it's calculated and applied when deciding which loan is best for your goals.

What is APR?

Homebuyers usually look at interest rates attached to loans and pick the ones with the lowest rates. However, the lowest rate doesn't always mean it's the most affordable loan. Relying solely on interest rates to determine affordability ignores other factors like fees attached to the mortgage.

However, when looking at the annual percentage rate, you'll have a more precise and complete

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If you own an investment property, you already know that getting a mortgage for this type of property is different than a refi of a primary home. If you recall, the qualifying requirements for getting an investment loan are more stringent than a primary home loan. 

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about refinancing an investment property.

Why Refinance Your Investment Property?

Owning a second property comes with costs, and some may feel that these additional costs tie up too much of their free cash flow. Others choose to refi to free up some money for repairs or improvements to the property. 

If this sounds like you, it could make sense to refinance into a better rate --possibly lowering your mortgage payment --and

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Have you been asked to cosign by someone looking to get a home loan approval? You may be wondering why they would ask or how this affects you. This article will help you to understand both of these points. 

 

Why Were You Asked To Cosign? 

These are the top reasons that home loan applicants seek a co-borrower:

  • Income: People may ask for a cosigner to include more income on their mortgage application. Higher income on the application can make it easier to get approved or borrow more from the lender.
  • Credit score: Having someone with a higher credit score may help to secure a lower rate. 
  • Employment: Little or poor employment history can prevent mortgage approval. Having a cosigner with better employment history can aid in getting
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Ever wonder why it's essential to keep your debt in check when applying for a mortgage or what debt matters to your approval? This article will help you answer these fundamental questions so that you're in a great position to get approved for a home loan.

All About Debt-To-Income Ratio (DTI)

Your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is one of the most critical metrics lenders use to determine how much home you afford because it directly influences the monthly payment you can qualify for.

DTI is a ratio that compares your existing monthly payments with your gross monthly income before taxes. Depending on the mortgage program and your qualification metrics, two types of calculations are used in mortgage qualification: 

  • Front-end DTI -looks at the
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