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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.

07.20.17

When most mortgage borrowers sit down to crunch the numbers, they often focus on how much money is needed for a down payment, the home purchase price, and the estimated costs of their monthly principal and interest payment. Yet, many people overlook the costs of their escrow impound account.

Read more about Understanding the Role of Mortgage Impound Accounts

07.20.17

Whether you are buying your first home or gearing up for a second purchase, you’ll be responsible for paying a variety of closing costs and other fees related to obtaining a mortgage. Generally, closing costs are paid when you sign on the dotted line for your mortgage, often at a final meeting called the “closing,” but it’s important not to overlook other costs associated with your loan.

Read more about How Much Do You Really Need to Buy a House?

07.20.17

You have probably heard home buyers, sellers and real estate professionals talk about being in escrow, close of escrow, or even “falling out of escrow.” What do these terms mean, and how will they impact your home buying journey?

Read more about The Role of Escrow Accounts in Real Estate Transactions

07.20.17

You have made the decision to buy a new home and the house you love is on the market. You’ve submitted your loan application, but what’s next? What are the remaining steps until you have assurance that the new home will be yours?

Read more about Understanding the Mortgage Process: How Long Will It Take?

07.20.17

Ready to buy a home? Can't stop daydreaming about that charming townhouse? Not so fast. There's a lot more that goes into buying your first home than scrolling sales listings and wishful thinking. Get the down-low from our housing market experts.

Read more about How to Buy a House: Tips from the Experts

07.20.17

Buying your first home can be one of the most rewarding investments you will make in your lifetime. But the experience can quickly turn sour if you’re not financially—and emotionally—prepared. While it can be easy to get caught up in excitement of finding your dream home and ditching the landlord, it’s critical to consider whether you’re truly ready for the responsibilities of homeownership.

Read more about Is Homeownership Right for You?

07.06.17

“The secret is to conceal, reveal and simplify,” says Eric King, a professional landscape architect based in Atlanta, Georgia who has appeared on HGTV, and is now an instructor for Emory University’s Landscape Design certification program. King refers to improving curb appeal, but this approach can be applied throughout your yard, creating a more attractive landscape that reduces maintenance -- and mistakes. Here are 9 tips on how to bring out the best in your greenery, using a landscaping approach.

Read more about Plot Before You Plant: 9 Landscaping Secrets from a Pro

06.27.17

If you're one of the 15 million Americans who are self-employed, you don't have to give up the benefits of being your own boss in order to become a homeowner.

Read more about Keys to Obtaining a Home Loan when Self-Employed

06.06.17

Do you know your credit score? When it comes to consumer credit, many people turn a blind eye. But taking a “what I don’t know, can’t hurt me” approach to personal finance may present serious issues, particularly for first-time homebuyers.

Read more about NerdWallet Q&A: How Your Credit Score Affects a Mortgage