Posts Covering Homeownership Topics

How much do you need to know about mortgages to get one?

You don't need to be an expert to negotiate a great mortgage. It only takes a few minutes if you follow these simple tips.

Don’t be a victim of mortgage fraud

Mortgage fraud: unlikely, but possible According to the FBI, you are not the most likely victim of mortgage fraud -- most cases are perpetrated by borrowers against mortgage lenders. Often those involve exaggerations, white lies or outright falsehoods on loan applications. Should you lie on your mortgage application? However, mortgage industry professionals who abuse their […]

What mortgage rate history can tell us about the future

How useful is mortgage rate history? Mortgage rate history may sound a pretty boring topic. Indeed, you may subscribe to the Henry Ford school, which believes that all history is bunk. However, knowing how mortgage rates behaved in the past can help you understand what might happen to them in the future. That knowledge could […]

Small house, smaller down payment: how to get the home you want as fast as possible

Buying a small house can make financing your first home easier. You may have less square footage, but you'll also have a smaller down payment and mortgage.

VA refinance in 2018: How to avoid the scammers

Beware! Scammers operating Are you considering a VA refinance in 2018? Then take care. Unscrupulous con artists are targeting veterans and servicemembers who want to refinance; some with VA loans have suffered real losses. Read on to discover how the scams work...and how to avoid them. A real issue There's a bipartisan initiative in the […]

Is 2018 the year you should become a homeowner?

Happy new year — as a homeowner Is your new year's resolution for 2018 to become a homeowner? Or would you make it one, if only you thought it was a smart move — and you stood a chance of achieving it? Well, read on because you might find some good news. 2018: A vintage […]

Your state may let you deduct savings for down payments

Some states help with homeownership There is a small but growing number of states that are using their tax systems to encourage would-be homeowners to save for their down payments. Is yours one of those that allow you to make deductions? And how much help might you get? Read on to find out. Down payments […]

Why flood insurance is so important: lessons from Hurricane Harvey

Unless your mortgage lender forces you to get flood insurance, you probably don't have it. But you should -- these days, as one FEMA official put it, we all live in a flood zone.

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)