Posts Covering Essential Mortgage Miscellany

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 […]

Tips for landlords: why landlords should consider a blanket mortgage

A mortgage for residential landlords Are you unfamiliar with the term “blanket mortgage?” Don’t worry. Plenty of professionals in the financial sector have never been near one. And they know little more about them than you do. But if you invest in real estate — perhaps as a residential landlord — you may find a blanket mortgage […]

Use your mortgage Closing Disclosure (CD) to get the deal you were promised

Buying a home: Don’t fall at the finish line At least three business days before you’re due to close, you should receive a closing disclosure. Could there be a worse time? You’re preparing to move! And your to-do list has never been longer. So the last thing you want is a five-page document to wade […]

Should you lie on your mortgage application?

Are “white lies” okay on a mortgage application? How much harm can a little white lie on your mortgage application do? Well, quite a lot, actually. True, you’re unlikely to face the maximum penalties that mortgage fraud can bring. You’d have to do something really bad to get 30 years in a federal penitentiary and […]

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 […]

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)