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Home Equity Loans
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 | By Miranda Marquit

Best Uses for a Home Equity Line of Credit

One of the reasons that people buy homes is so that they can get access to the equity in the homes. Because your home has value, it’s possible to borrow against it in order to meet other financial goals. Continue Reading

HAMP Mortgage Modification
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 | By Spencer Llewellyn

HAMP Loan Modification Program Extended

Created in 2009 to help out struggling homeowners, HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) has helped about 1.4 million homeowners modify their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. Continue Reading

Zombie Foreclosure
Thursday, May 21st, 2015 | By Spencer Llewellyn

What is a Zombie Foreclosure?

When a homeowner receives a notice of foreclosure, it’s not unusual to pack up and move out as quickly as possible. That hasty decision may not be wise however, because many unforeseen complications can occur Continue Reading

Foreclosure Credit
Thursday, May 14th, 2015 | By Miranda Marquit

How Foreclosure Affects Your Credit Score

While many date the recent financial crisis from 2008, the reality is that there was a build up to that crisis. Prior to the events that took place in the fall of 2008, a mortgage market crisis was building in the form of increasing foreclosures. Continue Reading

Home Improvements
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | By Miranda Marquit

Which Home Improvements Make the Most Sense?

After living in a home for some years, it’s natural to start looking around and wondering whether it’s time to upgrade a few things. Continue Reading

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 | By Julie Rains

How Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Work

If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or have thought about getting one, you may wonder how your loan balance is amortized. Designing an amortization schedule is an easy way to see how a mortgage payment is applied to paying down the balance over time. Continue Reading

Mortgage 101
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | By Elizabeth Rose

What Exactly Is A Mortgage?

Mortgages are thought to be home loans used to finance the purchase of a home. The word mortgage has become a generic term used to refer to a loan secured by real property because most mortgages occur as a condition for new loan money. Continue Reading

Home Appraisal
Friday, April 10th, 2015 | By Spencer Llewellyn

Home Appraisal Q&A: 13 Real Estate Appraisal Questions

Getting a home appraisal is always an important part of buying a home and a requirement for getting a mortgage.  Major changes have taken place during the last decade to the way appraisals are ordered and performed. Continue Reading

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