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Mortgage Rates vs. War: The Silver Lining

Mortgage Rates vs. War: The Silver Lining
August 28, 2013 No Comments »

Over the past week or so, there have been hawkish rumblings of a U.S.-led military strike in Syria, whose government allegedly used chemical weapons on its own people. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated that his crew is “ready to go,” ... Read More »

Mortgages vs. Inflation

Mortgages vs. Inflation
April 24, 2013 No Comments »

Mortgage match-ups: “Mortgages vs. inflation.” While inflation has been kept mostly in check lately as the economy has limped along, many economists expect it to rise significantly in coming years as things get back on track. At the moment, both ... Read More »

Mortgage Rates vs. Unemployment

Mortgage Rates vs. Unemployment
April 5, 2013 No Comments »

It’s time for another mortgage match-up: “Mortgage rates vs. unemployment.” When it comes to making or saving money, everyone wants to be able to predict the future. After all, if you know what’s coming next, there are plenty of great ... Read More »

Should You Pay Off the Mortgage or Invest Instead?

Should You Pay Off the Mortgage or Invest Instead?
March 14, 2013 2 Comments »

It’s been a month and change since I last posted a mortgage match-up, so without further ado, here’s the latest installment. There are likely thousands of articles that deal with this subject, all with plenty of differing opinions, but we ... Read More »

Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure vs. Short Sale

Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure vs. Short Sale
January 30, 2013 5 Comments »

It’s time for another mortgage match-up, with the latest in the series pitting the lesser known deed in lieu of foreclosure vs. the popular short sale. Nowadays, there are plenty of options to get rid of your home and avoid ... Read More »

Mortgage Impounds vs. Paying Taxes and Insurance Yourself

Mortgage Impounds vs. Paying Taxes and Insurance Yourself
January 9, 2013 No Comments »

If you’ve been researching mortgages, or are in the process of taking out a home loan, you’ve probably come across the term “impounds” or “escrows.” When you hear these seemingly scary words, the loan officer or mortgage broker is referring ... Read More »

Renting vs. Buying: 55 Pros and Cons

Renting vs. Buying: 55 Pros and Cons
December 17, 2012 3 Comments »

It has been far too long since I’ve written a mortgage match-up, so without further ado, here’s a biggie: “Renting vs. buying.” This is certainly an intimidating question, and one that’s difficult to sum up in one post, but I’ll ... Read More »

Mortgage Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance

Mortgage Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance
August 22, 2012 No Comments »

These days, it seems as if we can insure just about anything. While this may be perceived as “great news!” by overzealous insurance agents, for individual consumers it’s just more money down the drain. After all, paying for insurance always ... Read More »

Locking vs. Floating Your Mortgage Rate

Locking vs. Floating Your Mortgage Rate
August 1, 2012 12 Comments »

To mortgage men and women across the country, it’s an age-old question: “Lock or float?” It’s a question loan officers and mortgage brokers get asked on a daily basis, often over and over again by panicked borrowers. In fact, it ... Read More »

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What’s the Credit Score Impact?

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What’s the Credit Score Impact?
May 30, 2012 3 Comments »

Mortgage match-up: “Foreclosure vs. short sale on your credit report.” It’s been a while since I’ve come up with a mortgage match-up, but there’s been a lot of fuss about short sales and credit scores lately, so I wanted to ... Read More »