Mortgage Tips

Simple mortgage tips to help you better prepare for the mortgage process and ideally save money on your mortgage.

Mortgage Rates Vary by Lender, So Shop Around

Mortgage Rates Vary by Lender, So Shop Around
April 18, 2018 No Comments »

While mortgages are largely a commoditized product, unlike perhaps a TV or a smartphone with unique technology, their cost can still vary considerably by lender. The reason mortgage rates are different across banks and lenders could be a result of ... Read More »

Getting a Mortgage on a Duplex, Triplex, or Fourplex

Getting a Mortgage on a Duplex, Triplex, or Fourplex
April 4, 2018 No Comments »

One trend I’ve been seeing lately is buying a multi-unit property, such as a duplex, and renting out one unit while living in the other. The cool kids are referring to this as “house hacking” because you essentially get someone ... Read More »

How to Move Out of Your Parents House

How to Move Out of Your Parents House
March 28, 2018 No Comments »

There’s nothing inherently wrong with living with your parents, other than EVERYTHING! So let’s talk about how to GET OUT! To be clear, I’m going to discuss moving out and buying a place of your own, not moving out and ... Read More »

Condo vs. Townhouse: Why It Matters

Condo vs. Townhouse: Why It Matters
March 27, 2018 1 Comment »

It’s been a while since I’ve done a matchup, so let’s talk about an important one if you’re in the market to buy real estate. Today, we’ll breakdown the similarities and differences of a condo vs. townhouse. First things first, ... Read More »

What Is a 3/1 ARM?

What Is a 3/1 ARM?
March 22, 2018 No Comments »

If you haven’t been feeling 30-year mortgage rates recently, maybe an ARM might suit you better, especially if you don’t plan to stay in your home for a very long time. There are a variety of adjustable-rate mortgages available to ... Read More »

What Does It Mean to Be House Poor?

What Does It Mean to Be House Poor?
March 14, 2018 No Comments »

If you’re an existing homeowner or an aspiring one, you may have heard the phrase “house poor,” typically uttered by an overextended borrower. It may also serve as a warning to a first-time home buyer. First, let’s define what it ... Read More »

What Is a Letter of Explanation?

What Is a Letter of Explanation?
March 12, 2018 No Comments »

Mortgage Q&A series: “What is a letter of explanation?” If you’re currently going through the joyful process of obtaining a home loan, you may have been asked to furnish a “letter of explanation” or LOE to provide a little more ... Read More »

What Is a Gift Letter for a Mortgage?

What Is a Gift Letter for a Mortgage?
March 5, 2018 No Comments »

Mortgage Q&A: “What is a gift letter?” A reader recently inquired about mortgage gift letters, so instead of simply answering their question, I figured I’d write an entire post on the subject to help others better understand this topic. If ... Read More »

HUD Homes: Buy a Foreclosed Home for a Potential Discount

HUD Homes: Buy a Foreclosed Home for a Potential Discount
February 27, 2018 No Comments »

With the red hot real estate market showing no signs of letting up, prospective home buyers need to get increasingly creative in order to land their dream home, or any home for that matter. The fact of the matter is ... Read More »

Airbnb Income Can Officially Be Used to Qualify for a Mortgage Refinance

Airbnb Income Can Officially Be Used to Qualify for a Mortgage Refinance
February 8, 2018 No Comments »

Call it a sign of the times, or perhaps the power of the sharing, or “gig” economy. You can now officially use Airbnb income to qualify for a mortgage refinance with select lenders. Yes, if you’ve been renting out your ... Read More »