Mortgage news, tips and tools

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.

11.15.18

When you refinance your home, the process is similar to the one you followed when obtaining your original mortgage. Your finances will be verified and calculated, and your home will be appraised to determine its value to your potential lender. As a result of a refinance, it’s common for your monthly payment and even your total loan amount to change—but will your property taxes go up as well?

Read more about How Refinancing Affects Real Estate Taxes

11.01.18

Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding investments you will ever make. However, it can also be one of the most costly. Estimating your monthly mortgage payment well in advance of purchasing can help you make smart decisions with your budget.

Read more about PITI: Understanding Your Mortgage Payments

10.29.18

The United States economy has flourished in recent years, and the housing market continues to gain strength. But with confusing factors like rising mortgage rates, a competitive buyer’s market, and home prices that are higher than any previous peak, many people are unsure about what will happen in 2019.

Read more about Housing Market Predictions: 2019 and Beyond

10.24.18

Many of us have heard scary stories about new homeowners dealing with costly and even dangerous home repairs that they did not expect. From leaky septic tanks and radon gas, to moldy walls and things that freeze in the night, here are our home inspection horror stories, and how to avoid them.

Read more about Home Inspection Horror Stories

09.25.18

Everyone wants to get the best house possible for the best possible price. But even at a great price, it’s probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make, so searching for easy ways to save is a good idea. Add in a competitive market, and would-be home buyers will be looking for any advantage possible.

Read more about How to Determine the Best Time to Buy a House

09.25.18

The holiday season offers cozy candles and festive lights, but it should also be a season of caution and care — to protect your home and the lives of loved ones.

Read more about Holiday Tips for Homeowners

09.21.18

Medicine focuses on protecting your health in order to avoid illness – and an annual physical is key to see how your body is performing.

Read more about Your Financial Check-Up: 7 Things to Evaluate

09.10.18

Shopping for a new home is an incredibly exciting experience. But it also can be frustrating, confusing, and even a bit scary. Sometimes it seems there are more questions than answers. Where should you buy? How many bedrooms do you need? And most importantly—how much house fits your budget?

Read more about Mortgage Pre-Approval: What Is It? Why Do I Need It?