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5 Things Home Buyers Are Doing If They Haven’t Found a Property After 3 Months

5 Things Home Buyers Are Doing If They Haven’t Found a Property After 3 Months
August 14, 2018 No Comments »

If you’re a prospective home buyer, life isn’t fun right now. The real estate market remains red hot (despite those headlines about it cooling) and quality properties are few and far between. Adding to this frustration is the notion that ... Read More »

Zillow Enters the Mortgage Originating Business

Zillow Enters the Mortgage Originating Business
August 6, 2018 No Comments »

In what seemed like a pretty inevitable move, Zillow has gotten into the mortgage originating business via its acquisition of Mortgage Lenders of America, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. I say inevitable because just ... Read More »

Don’t Make the Mistake of Calling the Housing Top Too Early

Don’t Make the Mistake of Calling the Housing Top Too Early
August 2, 2018 No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, when we enter the housing doldrums and everyone in the industry begins to panic. Further exacerbating things this time around is the fact that mortgage interest rates are in uncharted territory. Yes, I’m being ... Read More »

Getting a Mortgage with a Gig Economy Job

Getting a Mortgage with a Gig Economy Job
July 25, 2018 No Comments »

If you’re one of many people out there who happens to bring in money from a so-called “gig economy” job, you might be wondering if such income can be used to obtain a home loan. Most mortgage lenders will verify ... Read More »

Redfin Compete Score: How Hard Is It to Win That Home?

Redfin Compete Score: How Hard Is It to Win That Home?
July 24, 2018 No Comments »

Redfin just launched its so-called “Compete Score,” a tool designed to help prospective home buyers determine how hard it’ll be to “win a home” in a particular city or neighborhood. Is this the beginning of the end? The late stages ... Read More »

One Really Simple Way to Offset a Higher Mortgage Rate

One Really Simple Way to Offset a Higher Mortgage Rate
July 3, 2018 No Comments »

We all know mortgage interest rates are increasing. While they’ve seen periods of relief here and there, the trajectory seems to be decidedly higher. How much higher remains to be seen, but there’s a good chance the rate you receive ... Read More »

Average Home Seller in 2017 Made Only $39,000

Average Home Seller in 2017 Made Only $39,000
June 27, 2018 1 Comment »

While all the headlines paint a really rosy picture for the real estate market where sellers are cashing in mega gains, the average takeaway isn’t all that great. A recent analysis from Zillow revealed that the typical home seller in ... Read More »

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before Retirement?

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before Retirement?
June 13, 2018 No Comments »

If you speak to any financial planners or so-called experts on the matter, they’ll probably say, “Yes, pay off your mortgage before you retire.” But is it fair to make the same conclusion for all individuals? Probably not. And times ... Read More »

Laurel Road: Truly Digital Mortgages Built Entirely Online

Laurel Road: Truly Digital Mortgages Built Entirely Online
June 13, 2018 No Comments »

Another Millennial or even Gen-Z focused mortgage lender has come online, literally, to offer you a mortgage. I’m talking about Laurel Road, which sounds like a really neat place to get a home loan. They claim to “offer an end-to-end ... Read More »

Citi Is Offering .50% Off Your Mortgage Rate If You Deposit a Million Bucks

Citi Is Offering .50% Off Your Mortgage Rate If You Deposit a Million Bucks
May 31, 2018 No Comments »

Okay, it sounds a little silly, but it’s not a bad deal if you happen to have a million dollars lying around the house. CitiMortgage has so-called “relationship pricing” that affords its customers certain discounts on home loans they take ... Read More »