If you're looking for a new home, you've probably heard lots of advice about down payments. About how it's okay to just have a five percent down payment - you'll still get approved. About how you should make the down payment as small as possible to avoid cash flow problems. Here are just four reasons why you should make the largest down payment possible.
Last week's economic reporting included readings on home prices, new and pending home sales, and the post-meeting statement of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices: Home Price Growth Breaks Records for Second Cons
If you're like most homeowners, you probably believe that one missed mortgage payment won't have a noticeable impact on your FICO score. People get behind now and then, and besides, you've been faithfully making payments on time for years. How bad could it be?
Home prices continued to rise at record rates in May according to S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. National home prices rose by 16.60 percent year-over-year in May as compared to 14.80 percent year-over-year price growth in April. The 10-City Home Price Index reported home prices rose 16.40 percent year-over-year and 1.90 percent month-to-month.
If you have equity in your home, you may wonder how you can access it. You don't want to sell your home, but you know you've earned a profit from it. We have many options to secure your home's equity, one of which is the FHA cash-out refinance. Unlike the FHA streamline refinance, you don't have to be a current FHA borrower. As long as you meet the requirements below, you can use an FHA loan to cash into your home's equity.
There are a few parts of American culture that people believe define this country. One element is the dream of homeownership. There is a strong belief that people need a place to call home. Therefore, since the dawn of this country, the government has tried to incentivize people to purchase a home. At the same time, there are some people who are looking at the younger generation, wondering if this American Dream is starting to change. Is homeownership still a part of the American Dream?
Last week's economic reporting included readings from the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, data on sales of new and previously-owned homes, and weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims.
There are many people who are looking at the housing market wondering if now is the time to make the jump from renting to owning. At the same time, is it more affordable to rent a home? Or, is it a smarter move to buy a home? Even though many people like the comfort of renting because it is someone else's problem if something goes wrong, waiting too long to purchase a home could be costly. What are a few of the most important points people need to keep in mind when it comes to renting versus buying a home?
With all of the rigmarole that goes into packing up your old home and moving into the new one, there are a lot of details that can get lost in the mix. From cleaning up the old house to handing over the keys, there's no shortage of small tasks that need to be completed. If you'll soon be prepping for the exciting move into your next home, here are some ways to prepare yourself for this busy time.
There's almost a guarantee that at some point in the future you're going to face an emergency. Like most things in life, that emergency is going to require money to solve. You can't assume that you'll have the funds to face the emergency when it happens. You can't even assume that you'll have enough on your credit cards to pay for it. The only safe way to plan is to have an emergency fund.