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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.

03.24.19

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is one of the most common ways to borrow money against the value of your home. Similar to a credit card, you can use your HELOC to buy things that you need now, and repay it with interest at a later time. Obtaining a HELOC requires (among other factors) that you have reasonable equity in your home.

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03.21.19

The answer is, no. The down payment amount can vary depending on the type of loan for which you’re applying. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to save, as well as down payment assistance programs and other funding sources for buyers. We compiled a list of alternative options for your down payment. Let’s first see what the down payment amount is for the type of loan you’re looking at.

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02.20.19

Second mortgages can be a great way to use the equity in your home to free up cash for important needs. Just like any other loan, there are some important things you should know about second mortgages before you begin the application process.

Read more about Second Mortgages: What Are They, and How Do They Work?

02.14.19

Enterprise Paid Mortgage Insurance (EPMI) is a type of mortgage insurance option for borrowers with an LTV ratio greater than 80%. EPMI is another option for borrowers to obtain mortgage insurance, where the mortgage insurance is obtained from an approved insurance provider.

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02.12.19

As your home’s value rises, it can be tempting to tap into the equity you’ve built as a source of cash. In 2018, more than 44 million U.S. homeowners had access to the highest amount of home equity in history — around $6 trillion.

Read more about 5 Ways to Financially Benefit from Your Home

01.15.19

Pay off the principal you borrowed more quickly, and you’ll own your home earlier, and pay less in loan interest. You may even save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. In fact, 32% of homeowners have paid off their home loan.

Read more about 4 Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster

12.20.18

On the most basic level, an easement allows non-owners to legally access a specific property for a particular reason. As a homeowner, the idea of other people entering your land may be off-putting, but in practice, easements cause few problems and are relatively commonplace.

Read more about All About Easements: How They Affect Your Property

12.05.18

Most new year’s resolutions include staying fit and healthy, losing weight, spending less and saving more. We spoke with Tom Kraeutler, the nationally syndicated radio host of The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show to discover New Year’s resolutions you can make that will help keep your house in great shape year-round.

Read more about 10 New Year’s Renovation Resolutions

11.30.18

Real estate, like many other industries, has been fundamentally changed by recent technology, and real estate marketing strategies have been equally impacted. New platforms and products can help you sell homes in new ways, but that does not mean that all traditional real estate marketing ideas are worthless—the key is figuring out what works best for you and your clients.

Read more about 5 Expert Real Estate Marketing Tips