Is There A Rule-of-Thumb Regarding The Number Of Credit Lines To Have Open?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

While the actual credit score has a big impact on a loan approval, it’s not the only component of the credit scenario that underwriters consider for a mortgage approval. Since loan programs, individual lenders and mortgage insurance companies all have their own credit report restrictions, it’s difficult to define a standard Rule-of-Thumb to follow. However, […]

Alternate Sources For Establishing Credit

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While the basic Rule-of-Thumb for acceptable credit history is a minimum of four trade lines documented on a credit report, there are alternative methods of building a credit picture that an underwriter can use to make a decision for a loan approval. For potential home buyers with little or no credit history, keeping records for […]

What’s The Difference Between A Primary Residence, Second Home and Investment Property?

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When applying for a mortgage, a borrower’s “Occupancy Type” is a major factor in the amount of down payment required, loan program available and mortgage interest rate. Whether you are purchasing, doing a rate/term refinance or taking equity out of your property through a cash out refinance, occupancy type is always considered by the underwriter. […]

What’s My Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio?

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Debt-to-Income (DTI) is one of the many new mortgage related terms many First-Time Home Buyers will get used to hearing. DTI is a component of the mortgage approval process that measures a borrower’s Gross Monthly Income compared to their credit payments and other monthly liabilities. Debt-to-Income Ratios are designed to give guidance on acceptable levels […]

Calculating Loan-to-Value (LTV)

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Understanding the definition of Loan-to-Value (LTV), and how it impacts a mortgage approval, will help you determine what type of loan amount and program you may qualify for. Since the LTV Ratio is a major component of getting approved for a new mortgage, it’s a good idea to learn the simple math of calculating the […]

Common Documents Required For A Mortgage Pre-Approval

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Even though many lenders are still quoting quick 10 minute pre-qualifications over the phone or online, a true mortgage approval that holds any weight is one that has been issued by an underwriter who has had an opportunity to review all of the necessary documents. With a constant stream of new lending guidelines, volatile mortgage […]

Top 8 Things To Ask Your Lender During The Application Process

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Knowing what questions to ask your lender during or before the loan application process is essential for making your mortgage approval process as smooth as possible. Many borrowers fail to ask the right questions during the mortgage pre-qualification process and end up getting frustrated or hurt because their expectations were not met. Here are the […]

Top Mortgage Terms To Know

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

While most mortgage web sites offer a glossary containing hundreds of real estate and lending related terms, we wanted to highlight the top terms that most borrowers will hear several times throughout the approval and home buying process.  Understanding the “Shop Talk” between the various industry professionals that you’ve assembled on your team will hopefully […]

Who Owns My Home If I Have A Mortgage?

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Many borrowers believe that when they purchase a property by obtaining mortgage financing, they also own their home. Technically speaking, full ownership on a property only happens once the mortgage loan amount has been paid in full. To break this down in more detail, there are a few components of a mortgage: A Promissory Note is […]

Four Possible Reasons To Refinance

January 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

A mortgage is generally the largest debt most homeowners have to manage.  It’s a good idea to give your personal real estate finance portfolio a check-up at least once a year. Since there are many reasons a homeowner may choose to refinance, we’ll take a look at the four most common. 1.  Mortgage Rates Drop: Typically, the […]

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