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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.

11.02.17

Quality of Life. Quiet cul-de-sacs. A sense of belonging. After fleeing for destinations near and far, some people choose to return to the suburbs, cities and regions where they once played duck-duck-goose and rode bikes. Around 37% of Americans have never left their hometown according to the Pew Research Center; but others just return later in life.

Read more about Home for the Holidays: Why Some Return to Their Hometowns

10.10.17

You comparison shopped, choosing your mortgage lender carefully. Then, shortly after closing, you receive a letter from a new company introducing themselves as your servicing provider. What does this change really mean?

Read more about Why Was My Mortgage Sold to Another Company?

10.10.17

Whether you are considering your first rental property or just closed on your 50th, you have many decisions to make relating to how you will manage your investment. Keep that pink bathroom or tear it out? Update the landscaping yourself or hire help? One of the questions you may not have considered is whether or not to hire a property manager. Many investors (both new and experienced) are hesitant to hand over any of their cash flow to a property manager, but this is one expense that can save money, time, and maybe even your sanity.

Read more about Do I Need a Rental Property Management Company?

10.09.17

A former crime scene frightens off 59% of buyers, according to real-estate website Trulia. A death in the home would spook 32% of buyers and 13% are sketched out by a 666 in the address.

Read more about Haunted Houses: Steal or No Deal?

09.19.17

A Chicago couple found a 1940s bungalow that seemed like a solid home. Then they called in Frank Lesh, an inspector, who pointed out that while the house bones were fine, the plumbing needed updating, and the roof was in bad shape. They passed on the house.

Read more about Money Pit or Smart Investment: Signs to Watch Out For

09.19.17

Do you know your credit score? This three-digit number is as important to the home buying process as your real estate agent and your down payment. Having the highest credit score possible can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your mortgage. If you are ready to invest in improving your number, here’s how.

Read more about How to Improve Your Credit Score During the Homebuying Process

09.19.17

There are a lot of conflicting ideas about whether or not paying off your mortgage early should be a top priority. A family member might tell you paying off their mortgage was one of the best moments of their life, while a friend warns you that paying early is a mistake. With financial gurus on both sides of the fence, it can be hard to know what to do. So, what's the right move today—pay off your mortgage early or don't worry about it?

Read more about When and How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

09.07.17

Have you been inspired by one of the numerous investment property television shows? Or, have you seen friends or family find success in real estate? If so, you are probably intrigued by the prospect of investing in rental property, but figuring out how to get started can be a difficult task in and of itself. Here are some tips from real estate experts on how to evaluate whether buying a rental property is right for you.

Read more about Buying Rental Property: Tips from the Experts

09.07.17

In today’s mortgage marketplace, prospective homebuyers often struggle to come up with the minimum 20% down payment. Fortunately, there are several loan programs that allow borrowers to obtain financing with down payments as low as 3.0%. While these loans make homeownership more affordable, they do come at a cost.

Read more about The Facts About Mortgage Insurance