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Today's Mortgage Rates in Nebraska

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates plus current home buying and refinance advice for Nebraska residents

Buying a home in Nebraska

In Nebraska, residential sale agreements are used to convey the terms of a buyer’s offer to purchase a home. In the document, the buyer provides the monetary amount they are offering, and the expiry date of the offer. Right up until the expiration date, the seller can accept the agreement on offer, or he or she may present a counteroffer to the buyer. As soon as both buyer and seller have signed the contract, it is marked as closed and the purchaser has a legal obligation to pay the seller. However, before the agreement becomes effective, in Nebraska the seller has to provide the buyer with a disclosure to relate any defects or problems they have knowledge of regarding the property. The disclosure requirements are:
  • Seller’s Property Condition Disclosure Statement (§ 76-2,120): Property buyers must be given a written statement detailing the condition of the property before the purchase agreement becomes legally effective
  • Lead-Based Paint: If the property was built before 1978, the seller has to provide a buyer with a disclosure form which must detail the possibility of any lead-based paint being present

Refinancing a home in Nebraska

Of course, Nebraska has laws regulating mortgage lenders, including those offering refinances. But these regulations don’t appear to impose any unusual burdens. So Nebraskans shouldn’t have any special problems when they come to refinancing. Of course, mortgage lenders will want to be sure you’re a sound borrower. You’re almost certain to get a better deal if you can show you have:
  • A decent credit score
  • Plenty of equity in your home*
  • The ability to comfortably afford your new monthly payment
*Equity is the amount by which the market value of your home exceeds your mortgage balance. Many lenders will let you borrow only 80% of the market value of your home. If you’re eligible for a streamline refinancing, lenders typically won’t care about your credit score or equity and they may not check on your household accounts. But they won’t let you take any money out when you refinance. Your only benefits will be a lower mortgage rate and reduced monthly payments. However, if you’re in real trouble (you’re falling behind with monthly payments and might face foreclosure), the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance says: “Take action now! Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Reaching out is the first step to prevent foreclosure. There are several local, state, and federal resources available to assist you.“ Visit its Mortgage & Foreclosure Help Resources webpage for lists and links. Or Dial 2-1-1 for free information and referral service.

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