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The PennyMac Mortgage Blog is where you'll find unbiased, useful info to help save you money, time and peace of mind during the mortgage process. If you have a mortgage or are about to get one, we think you'll find info here you can't always get elsewhere.

07.17.19

Furnishing a home can be expensive. Maybe a new fridge is on the shopping list, or you’d like to change out rugs in the living room and replace your old furnace with a more efficient and recent edition.

Read more about Equip Your Home for Less: Your Month-by-Month Home Essentials Buying Guide

07.05.19

Whether you are upgrading, downsizing, moving for a new job, or relocating for retirement, changing your living situation is seldom simple. Even if this big switch is something that you are looking forward to, the actual process of moving can be intimidating. However, with the right planning and preparation, your move can, in fact, be one of the easier parts of this big life transition.

Read more about Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

07.05.19

Low unemployment, low interest rates, and rising home values are all typically good things, but they can make buying a home challenging. When everyone is trying to buy, you may end up with competition for your dream home that could turn into a bidding war. Thankfully, there are multiple ways that you can beat the competition to close on the house that you want.

Read more about 7 Tips to Win the Bidding War for Your Dream Home

07.05.19

Whether you are selling your home to begin a new adventure, or refinancing your existing home, getting an appraisal with the value you want is an important hurdle to clear. You may feel that the appraisal process is out of your control, but there are many easy and inexpensive ways to get both yourself and your home ready.

Read more about 8 Top Tips for a Great Home Appraisal: A Checklist to Prepare Your Property

07.05.19

Buying your first home can be a fun and exciting process that awakens feelings of freedom, security, and even creativity. It can also be a source of confusion, worry, and fear when you are confronted with the many decisions to be made.

Read more about 9 Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make and How to Avoid Them

06.17.19

If you’re headed back to school this fall, or paying for your child’s education, you may be worried about that upcoming tuition bill. Depending on your financial situation there are different options available for each circumstance.

Read more about Refinancing to Fund Higher Ed: Saving on Education

05.24.19

In a typical home buying scenario, the purchaser works with a lender to obtain financing for their dream home with a conventional mortgage. In certain situations another option may be better, assuming a mortgage. Assumable mortgages can save you a great deal of money during the buying process and beyond.

Read more about Understanding Assumable Mortgages

05.23.19

Whether you want to spend your time on the golf course, traveling the world, or just relaxing with friends and family, most people have one common retirement goal — freedom. One thing that can increase personal feelings of freedom in retirement is a reduction in debt and bills.

Read more about Planning for a Mortgage-Free Retirement

05.07.19

A colorful flower bed, a freshly mowed lawn, a newly painted front door—these attractive aspects of your house and yard exterior, when first viewed from the street, is typically known as “curb appeal.

Read more about Renovation Staycation: Make the Most of a Reno-Retreat