Mortgage Tips

Simple tips to help you save money on your mortgage.

Buy a Home in a Good School District Even If You Don’t Have or Want Kids

Buy a Home in a Good School District Even If You Don’t Have or Want Kids
August 9, 2016 No Comments »

Over the years, we’ve learned that buying homes near certain types of businesses can boost the value quite substantially. For example, homes near Starbucks tend to outperform those near a Dunkin’ Donuts, and you’re better off buying a condo next ... Read More »

If You Want a Mortgage, Go to College and Get a Degree

If You Want a Mortgage, Go to College and Get a Degree
August 2, 2016 No Comments »

Assuming you want to become a homeowner, it’s probably best to go to college, even if you have to take out costly student loans in the process. You may have read articles over the past several years that talk about ... Read More »

Should You Drive Until You Qualify for a Mortgage?

Should You Drive Until You Qualify for a Mortgage?
July 25, 2016 No Comments »

In the mortgage/real estate world there’s the saying, “Drive until you qualify.” It’s a cute way of saying if you can’t afford a home in a certain (desirable) area, hop on the highway and keep driving until home prices get ... Read More »

Time Heals All Real Estate Wounds If You Let It

Time Heals All Real Estate Wounds If You Let It
July 21, 2016 No Comments »

Let’s talk about real estate investment for a moment. A recent commentary from mortgage financier Freddie Mac revealed that those aged 54 and older control about two-thirds of the home equity in single-family homes throughout the United States. However, this ... Read More »

Is Housing Affordability Really That Great?

Is Housing Affordability Really That Great?
July 20, 2016 No Comments »

I keep seeing these data-driven posts from the likes of Zillow and other major real estate analytics companies making claims that housing affordability remains strong thanks to low mortgage rates. For example, Zillow mentioned that a home buyer earning the ... Read More »

You Probably Shouldn’t Go with the Mortgage Lender That Sends You Junk Mail

You Probably Shouldn’t Go with the Mortgage Lender That Sends You Junk Mail
July 18, 2016 No Comments »

Look Familiar? This probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway because I recently received a very pressing letter in the post. It said “Important Notice” on the top left and then something about there being “time sensitive information ... Read More »

Create a Phone Number Just for Mortgage Shopping

Create a Phone Number Just for Mortgage Shopping
July 18, 2016 No Comments »

I think just about everyone can agree that shopping for a mortgage isn’t fun. This would explain why few people actually shop around for a mortgage, or spend any significant amount of time researching loan options. Instead, they just tend ... Read More »

Is It Actually a Good Thing That a Home Is an Illiquid Asset?

Is It Actually a Good Thing That a Home Is an Illiquid Asset?
June 30, 2016 No Comments »

Here’s yet another post on the rent vs. buy argument, one that never seems to go away. I’ve written extensively on the pros and cons, but a recent conversation provided me with another interesting nugget. I was speaking with a ... Read More »

Why You Might Want to Wait to Get That Refinance

Why You Might Want to Wait to Get That Refinance
June 29, 2016 13 Comments »

Over the past two days, Wall Street has essentially forgotten about Brexit, which just last week sent markets crashing globally. So far this week, the Dow and other major indices have regained much of what was lost due to the ... Read More »

Borrowers with Mortgage Rates of 4.25% and Below Less Likely to Sell Their Homes

Borrowers with Mortgage Rates of 4.25% and Below Less Likely to Sell Their Homes
June 6, 2016 No Comments »

I had a nice little Sunday yesterday, strolling around a beach city south of Los Angeles with some friends of mine who were visiting from Portland(ia). They moved there about two years ago and bought a house without delay. I ... Read More »