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At the most basic level mortgages are investments, and anyone who pays the least bit of attention to the stock market understands that some investments invite much more risk than others. There are several types of mortgages that commonly carry more risk than conventional loans; below we’ll examine why they should be avoided.
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.
So you have your eye on a new home, but the loan you need is bigger than the conforming loan limit—what are your options?
HomeReady® is a new mortgage program that brings flexibility and expanded eligibility to a wide range of borrowers. But how do you know if it’s right for you?
A 30-year mortgage has long been the industry norm, and for good reason: It allows the homebuyer to spread the loan out over a long period to keep payments as low as possible. But now that interest rates have dropped to near-record lows, 15-year mortgages are becoming more popular. Is a 15-year mortgage right for you?
PennyMac offers “streamline” refinancing options to consumers to get better mortgage terms without an extensive qualification process. Streamline refinance programs typically allow borrowers to bypass many of the traditional mortgage requirements by offering minimal credit scoring requirements, no new appraisal, easier income and asset verification, and limited paperwork. Reducing the paperwork can often make the process easier and faster, which is why it’s called “streamline refinancing.” Streamline refinance refers only to the amount of documentation and underwriting that the lender must perform, and does not mean that there are no costs involved in the transaction.
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.
If you’ve been shopping around for mortgage lenders, you’ve probably heard a lot about mortgage points. But what are they and how do they affect your monthly mortgage payment?
Like many American homeowners, your first mortgage may have been a loan with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Loans backed by the FHA are attractive to first-time homebuyers because FHA loans make it easier to obtain financing, requiring only minimal down payments and fair-to-good credit scores.