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An Overview Of A Drive By Appraisal

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If you are applying for a home loan of any kind, there is a high likelihood that your lender will require a home appraisal. An appraisal is done to figure out how much your home is actually worth because the lender does not want to lend you more money than you could theoretically sell the home for in the future. There are some situations where the lender might be fine with a drive/by appraisal. What does this mean? Comparing A Traditional Appraisal To A Drive By Appraisal A traditional appraisal is a very thorough process where the appraiser comes to…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 5, 2022

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Last week’s scheduled economic news included reports on home prices, pending home sales, and inflation. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. S&P Case-Shiller: National Home Price Growth Ticks Down in April Home price growth slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller National Home Price Index as growth slowed by 0.20 percent to a 20.40 percent gain year-over-year. Slower growth in home prices suggested that affordability concerns have caught up with the rapid home price growth seen during the pandemic. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index reported that Tampa, Florida home prices gained 35.8…
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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in April

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U.S. home price growth continued but slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The national home price index posted year-over-year home price growth of 20.4 percent in April as compared to the corresponding home price growth rate of 20.6 percent in March. Analysts said that diminishing affordability was slowing rapid gains in home prices seen during the pandemic. 20-City Home Price Index: Florida and Arizona Report Top Home Price Growth Rates The top three cities for year-over-year home price growth in April’s 20-City Home Price Index were Tampa, Florida with a reading of 35.8 percent; Miami,…
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The Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding the Math Behind Your Mortgage Closing Costs

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It's amazing that in a year with extremely low mortgage rates being reported around the country, closing costs are up by as much as 6% from the previous year. Part of the reason for this is that the stricter regulations on loans have increased the costs to banks, and they always find a way to pass on new costs to the consumer. Understanding Third-Party Closing Costs When closing on a mortgage the borrower will notice a long list of additional fees that they are expected to pay for. These can range from insignificant into the thousands of dollars depending on…
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You Are A Serious Buyer: How To Show It

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Today, the housing market is as hot as it has ever been. There are many people who are missing out on their dream homes because they are having a hard time competing with countless other people who are in the same position as them. If you want to put yourself in the best position possible to win a bidding war, you might be thinking about paying cash for your home; however, not everyone is in the same financial position. There are a few other ways for you to show a seller's agent that you are serious about your offer. Get A…
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The Top Things To Know When Refinancing Your Home

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If you are thinking about refinancing your home in the near future, you probably know that this is a great way to shorten the term of your mortgage while also saving money. At the same time, refinancing your home does not come without risks. Take a look at some of the top things you should do and what to avoid before you go through the refinancing process. Do Check Your Credit Score Always check your credit score before you begin the refinancing process. A surprising number of credit reports contain errors, and you need to correct any errors on your…
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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 27, 2022

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Last week’s economic reporting included readings on home sales, Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony on monetary policy to the House Financial Services Committee, and the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. New Home Sales Pace Rises as Pre-Owned Homes Sales Pace Slows The Commerce Department reported a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of 696,000 new homes sold in May; analysts predicted a year-over-year pace of 587,000 new homes sold as compared to April’s year-over-year pace of 629,000  new homes sold. While the year-over-year pace of new home sales increased by 10.70…
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Can I Qualify for a Mortgage After Declaring Bankruptcy? Yes — and Here’s How

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It may feel like a very daunting task to consider buying a home after you've declared bankruptcy, and there's no doubt that it's an uphill battle. Fortunately, while you'll have hard work ahead, there are things you can do in order to make your dream of home ownership a possibility. Whether you've just declared bankruptcy or some time has passed, here are some things you should consider before getting into the market. Wait It Out It might not be what you want to hear, but it's, unfortunately, the case that you'll have to wait at least two years before you…
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A Home Loan For an AirBnB Property: What To Know

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If you are looking for a way to diversify your investments, you might be thinking about buying a rental property. One of the most common rental options is AirBnB. Given the number of people who use AirBnB, this could be a great way to generate a steady stream of short-term renters. On the other hand, can you take out a loan to buy an AirBnB property? There Are No Mortgages Specifically For AirBnB Properties First, understand that there are no home loans available specifically for AirBnB or VRBO properties. If you go to a lender and ask for an AirBnB loan, they will direct you to a…
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3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget to Factor in and What You Can Expect to Pay

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If you're in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses and your monthly income. But when it comes to buying a home, there are lots of different costs that will come into play - and it's easy to forget something. When you're preparing to close on your new home, make sure you consider these three closing costs that most buyers forget. Home Inspection Fees: A Small Charge For Peace Of Mind Most home purchase agreements are contingent upon a successful home…
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