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Mortgage Rates Today, March 17, 2017, Plus Lock Recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bondes price drop and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Homebuyer Tenure: How Long Are People Staying In Their Houses?

Higher rates and a stable housing market are keeping people in their homes longer. Should you sell, or stay put?

New Home Construction Soars, Posts Highest Count Since 2007

Home builders are trying to keep up with buyer demand. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates remain historically low. Time to start home shopping?

Will Your HELOC Payment Skyrocket In 2017?

Second mortgage payment can increase when the loan "resets," or enters its full repayment period. Create an exit strategy before your payments rise.

Foreign National Mortgage For Non-US Citizens

You can buy and finance property in the United States, even if you're not a citizen. The foreign national mortgage takes many forms, from government-backed loans like FHA to private financing for non-residents.

Mortgage Rates Approach 35-Month Highs

Current mortgage rates have risen to post-election highs. Markets are responding to the Fed rate hike announced Wednesday.

How To Buy A Short Sale Property

Homebuyers looking for bargains may be wondering how to buy a short sale property. The first thing to know is that not all short sale houses are bargains. The second thing is that you'd better not be in a hurry.

Mortgage Rates Today, March 16, 2017, Plus Lock Recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bondes price drop and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Federal Reserve Hikes Rates, But Mortgage Rates Drop

The Federal Reserve raised the Fed Funds Rate to a range of 0.75-1.0% at its March meeting. Why, then, are mortgage rates dropping?

Mortgage Rates Today, March 15, 2017, Plus Lock Recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bondes price drop and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Paying Mortgage Points: What’s The Point?

Mortgage points affect the interest rate you get when you finance a home. When is it smart to pay points, and when should you avoid them?

Ask These 6 Mortgage Questions Before Buying Your First Home

Long before you actually buy a home, you start to THINK about actually buying a home. The questions to ask, plus today's live mortgage rates.

Mortgage Rates Today, March 14, 2017, Plus Lock Recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bondes price drop and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

Your Plain English Guide To Real Estate Terms

It's a jungle out there when you're buying real estate. But it's easier to make your way when you know the language. Here are the terms you should know before you buy a house.

Freddie Mac’s Home Possible Versus Fannie Mae’s HomeReady: Which Is Better?

Home Possible Advantage, offered by Freddie Mac, and HomeReady, offered by Fannie Mae, are similar programs for homebuyers without large down payments. Here's an explanation of the program differences, and how they might matter to you.

2017 Mortgages Are Different: Fannie Mae Changes You Need To Know

Conforming 2017 mortgages will be a little different, thanks to changes at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Here are the ones most likely to affect you

My Home Didn’t Appraise For Its Purchase Price. Now What?

What to do when you home fails to appraise for its purchase price, or when your home appraisal is turned down because of loan-to-value (LTV).

Fed Meeting : How Mortgage Rates Will Change By Week’s End

The Federal Reserve meeting adjourns Wednesday and, although the Fed doesn't set mortgage rates, its rhetoric and actions can influence them. Analysis and advice.

Mortgage Rates Today, March 13, 2017, Plus Lock Recommendations

Mortgage rates today are driven by movements in financial markets worldwide. When the economy heats up, bondes price drop and rates increase. When the economy pulls back, interest rates tend to fall.

How To Assume A VA Loan

You don't have to be a veteran to assume a VA loan. Find out why taking over someone else's VA home loan when you buy a house could get you a great mortgage rate at a low price.