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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

04.09.18

Many Americans have been keeping an eye on the newest tax bill and thinking about how it affects their finances. However, if you own a home, or are planning to buy in the near future, you have probably paid extra attention to mortgage interest deduction reforms. The new US tax bill does include changes to this popular deduction, as well as a few other updates that may mean big changes for homeowners. Here’s what you need to know.

Read more about Mortgage Interest Deductions and More: Homeowners and the New Tax Bill

02.26.18

When it comes to filing your taxes, owning a home is a huge benefit. There are deductions available for mortgage interest, mortgage points, property taxes and more—but some homeowners fail to take full advantage.

Read more about A Guide to Homeowner Tax Deductions

02.15.18

"Nearly 80% of Americans receive a tax refund every year, averaging about $3,000 per filer. We can all find ways to spend some extra cash, but how can you take full advantage of your refund? Depending on your financial situation, paying down your mortgage could be a great option."

Read more about Should I Use My Tax Refund to Pay Down My Mortgage?

01.30.18

PennyMac issues the Year End Statement (also known as a Form 1098 or annual tax statement) annually to mortgagors for income tax reporting purposes. This statement includes the total amounts for interest paid and property taxes paid from your escrow account (if you have one) for the entire year.

Read more about Information on Your Year End Mortgage Tax Statements

11.28.17

Do you have childhood lake house memories or dreams of beachside retirement? Not sure how you can afford to purchase a vacation home of your own? Sharing your second home with others as a vacation rental is a path that can lead to great investment returns and maybe even a few new friends. We talked to vacation property gurus to get their top tips and advice for rental owner rookies.

Read more about Owning Vacation Rental Property: Expert Tips

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

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