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A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is one of the most common ways to borrow money against the value of your home. It is similar to a credit card in that you can use it 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.
Sunny days are just ahead, and so is chilling out at low-pressure summer picnics and parties. “Summer entertaining feels more casual,” says Annette Joseph, stylist and author of Picture Perfect Parties, as well as the new book, “Cocktail Italiano: the Definitive Guide to Aperitivo: Drinks, Nibbles, and Tales of the Italian Riviera.”
Buying a property can be stressful enough without having unfamiliar words thrown in too. Even if it’s not your first mortgage, it can still be a confusing process. This glossary demystifies common words used in mortgage transactions.
Most people become familiar with term “loan officer,” the professional who helps you figure out which loan option is right for you, when looking for a mortgage. You get the mortgage and keys to your new home, and then wave goodbye to your loan officer...but not so fast! There are other surprising—and important—ways a loan officer can be instrumental to your financial future.
During the homebuying process, you’re sure to encounter the term Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. So what exactly is your LTV ratio, and why is it important?
During the homebuying process, there are typically two professionals who will assist you through it: a real estate agent and a loan officer. Most people are familiar with real estate agents, but loan officers are less well-known—especially to first-time homebuyers.
Adjusting your home thermostat while away on vacation or checking on your kids via your in-home nanny camera are conveniences of the modern technology age. But, are you the only one getting into your home?
Although you planned and saved for years, life threw you a curve and now you’re at risk of missing mortgage payments—and perhaps even falling into foreclosure. If you find yourself in some financial distress, you may be able to find relief in the form of a home loan modification.
For people faced with the potential of foreclosure, it’s natural to feel anxious and confused. How long does the foreclosure process take? Will you be able to remain in your home in the interim? What rights do you have, and how can you exercise them?