How To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early: 4 Methods That Work

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While a mortgage is a necessity for many people who have the dream of owning a home, it is also a form of debt. Most people do not like owing money to someone else. Therefore, homeowners might be looking for ways to pay off their mortgage early. The reality is that people are charged interest for having a mortgage. If a mortgage is paid off early, this is less money than the bank will take and more money in the pockets of homeowners. There are a few methods people can use to pay off their mortgage early. Make Extra Payments…
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4 Things Not To Do When Buying A Home

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There is a long list of things that people need to do when they are looking to buy a home; however, it is also important for people to know what to avoid as this process unfolds. There is a lot for people to remember and it is easy for people to get carried away when they start looking at their dream homes. Even though it is great to look at a bunch of houses and imagine living there, it is critical for people to stay grounded and know what to avoid. Do Not Make Any Large Purchases During The Home…
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Building An Emergency Fund During An Emergency

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By now, it should be apparent that this COVID-19 (Corona-virus) pandemic is going to be here for several months. It is already causing the market to plummet and is disrupting jobs all over the country. Many people who work as hourly employees (or are independent contractors) are starting to suffer. As people's budgets start to feel the squeeze, this is exactly the time that people should be relying on an emergency fund; however, for those who don't have one, it is time to start saving. How To Create An Emergency Fund Even though cash assistance from the government might be…
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Is A 15 Or 30 Year Mortgage Right For You?

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When someone is looking to purchase a house, they need to think about how long they want their mortgage to last. While a bank can structure a mortgage to last for any number of years, the most common lengths are 15 and 30 years. While a 30-year mortgage is typically more affordable, a 15-year mortgage is cheaper overall.  When someone is trying to decide how long they want their mortgage to last, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. The Benefits Of A 15-Year Mortgage There are a few important benefits that everyone should know about a…
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3 Traps First-Time Homebuyers Fall Into — And How To Avoid Them

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When someone purchases their first home, this is a significant step. There are a number of issues that people need to think about because purchasing a home is typically someone's most significant investment. With this in mind, there are three common traps that first-time homebuyers often fall into. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these traps as well. Looking At Homes Before Applying For A Mortgage Perhaps the biggest mistake that people make is that they look for homes before they apply for a mortgage. Without a successful mortgage application, it will be difficult to find a home at all.…
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What is Owner Financing When Buying A Home?

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There are many options when it comes to taking out a loan on a new home. One of the options that people might have heard about is called owner financing. In general, the property owner takes the place of a traditional lender. Instead of someone taking out of a loan from a bank or a credit union, they take out a loan from the owner of the property. Similar to a traditional loan, the buyer will make payments to the seller over a period of time with a certain interest rate. The Structure Of Owner Financing If someone elects to…
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Common Reasons Why Buyers Are Denied A Mortgage

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When you are buying a new home, it is an exciting process. You have spent months searching and have found the home you want to purchase. You are ready to move into the home of your dreams.  Unfortunately, you have found out that your request for a mortgage has been denied. This can be a deflating experience. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this by understanding the most common reasons why a buyer is denied for a loan. The Loan Requirements Have Changed One of the most common reasons why you might be denied a mortgage is that the terms…
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How To Crowdfund A Renovation Project

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Crowdfunding came into prominence with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that President Obama signed into law during 2012 and subsequent enhancements. The JOBS Act made it easier for startups to raise money and for the first time allowed the legal ability to advertise the investments and accept small investors. Innovate And Renovate Crowdfunding is useful for many projects. The method raises money to create new products, make documentary films, and for many kinds of fashion items. Crowdfunding successfully raises money for real estate transactions.  Smaller investors participate in real estate projects that they would otherwise not have enough…
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4 Tips To Ensure A Successful Closing

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As you come up to the date of your closing, there's time to reflect on everything that led to this step. Your real estate agent, mortgage broker, title company and others all work hard to ensure a successful closing for you. They're all in your corner, hoping for the same outcome as you. They've had to do a lot of work behind the scenes that you may not even be aware of. Their diligence and professionalism has already benefited you. But did you know that it's not all riding on your team of real estate professionals? There are things you…
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How To Buy A Bargain Home As A Short Sale

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A short sale is when the mortgage lender(s) agrees to sell the property for a lower amount than the loan-balance remaining. During the worst moments of the 2006 to 2008 real estate crisis, homes sold as short sales for a fraction of their value. Lenders had so many properties with loans in default that they could not manage the ones that they had in foreclosure. Foreclosure is an expensive legal process that causes a lender to lose more money on a property. This is one of the motivators that encourages lenders to accept a short sale because sometimes through a…
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