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Buying real estate is even more challenging for those of us whose eyes glaze over at the mere mention of decimals, percentages or anything else that even hints of mathematics.

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By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi "Multiple inquiries of credit for a variety of credit uses (car loans, credit cards, and mortgage loans) within a "short period" of time, will lower credit scores."Right on target - and - re-blog!   The Simple "Cure" that Re...

By Treasure Coast Real Estate, Homes, News, Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292
(BEX Realty Treasure Coast)
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The Mortgage Process Homebuying 10110 Things to DO and DON't duringThe Mortgage Process  We have an Excellent, well qualified Mortgage Expert in St Lucie, Do Not Shop withoug your Pre-approval in hand. A buyer will not sign an offer without knowing you are qualified to buy - especially in today's...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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For those new to home buying and also those that are curious, here's an excellent explanation of all those additional funds that will be needed when you buy a piece of real estate, courtesy of Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi :   The Funds Needed at Closing...

By Bo Kociuba & Buster Elliott, Live & Love OKC!
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties )
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MORTGAGE RATES FOR THIS WEEKEND-JAN 20, 2017Check available mortgage rates for this weekend. They are steadily going up … but still, the rates are historically low!Lots of great looking homes on the OKC Metro market.Discover  YUKON or MUSTANG ... are these your preferred areas? Start your HOME SE...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
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 In my Blog  posted last week I provided details for the change in the FHA Mortgage insurance, their is a strong possibility that will NOT happen The MBA of America just sent out a notice that:THERE IS A STRONG CHANCE THAT WHEN DONALD TRUMP TAKES OFFICE HE MAY "ROLL BACK" THE NEWLY ANNOUNCED FHA ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It has been an especially long week.....a good one in many ways with new listings on the horizon....Yes Niche marketing is a wonderful thing....accepted offers and new Buyer referrals.   It is the kind of week Realtor's dreams are made of..Busy, productive and profitable.    We believe that eve...

By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
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FHA lowered the mortgage insurance-SO WHAT? You may have read or heard that FHA has lowered their annual mortgage insurance premium for loans CLOSED after January 29th.  UPDATE 1/18/2017  The Trump administration is postponing the change and could rescind it, leaving the MIP as it stands. Of cour...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
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Many people are aware of the financial commitment that is involved when investing in a home, but what that amounts to is different for every person. From what you can afford to what a lender will allow, there are plenty of details involved in determining the right home for you. If you’re not quit...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Here is a quick and helpful education on mortgages, and especially debt-to-income ratio. In this post are several tips for helping potential first-time home buyers figure out how much mortgage they can afford-and how lenders look at their spending patterns, savings and other personal info for app...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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The monthly mortgage payment can be burdensome, but it's possible to pay it down more quickly. Without getting a new job or working overtime, here are some tips you can use on a daily basis to save additional funds and pay off your mortgage at a swifter rate.Make Your Lunch The five or ten dollar...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Are you planning on buying a house in Auburn or buying a home in Opelika and are wondering what variables affect your mortgage interest rate?  When people go shopping for a home, they tend to pay a lot of attention to the cost of the home and ways to save money on their offer. If they spend as mu...

By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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MY FIRST FHA 203K LOAN TRANSACTION IN SANTA CRUZFHA 203k loans have been around for awhile and we have all been hearing about them but I have rarely seen them put to use in Santa Cruz County.  When searching for homes for first time buyers we are often in a lower price range and come across many ...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors
(National Marketing Realtors)
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Maxed out your credit card?Put it on ice... Literally!This is some great advise from fellow blogger Christina Hayes (Rainer) here on Active Rain in her post How to obtain an 800 credit score! Christina says: "If you are carrying credit card balances, don’t cancel the cards just yet. I just need y...

By Jose Mejia, Tampa Bay Realtor
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Through Homebuyer Assistance Program, financial assistance is provided to buy a home in Pasco County. However, mobile and manufactured homes are not included in this program. A person can buy condominiums and townhomes as well. Pasco County consists of six cities, and individuals can purchase a h...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
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 Last week’s economic reports included readings on job openings, retail sales and consumer sentiment in addition to weekly reports on new jobless claims and Freddie Mac’s survey of mortgage rates.Job Openings Hold Steady in November; Quits and Hires IncreaseAccording to the Labor Department, job ...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514, The income for Freddie Mac $2.3B in 3QLawmakers agree that gov't-owned enterprises need reform, but for now it boosts the U.S. budget: Freddie has paid back $30B more than its recession-era bailout. Read more. THOUSANDS OF HOMES.... One Address www.charle...
A short sale in real estate occurs when the outstanding loans and liens against a property are greater than the proceeds from the sale of the home after all closing costs are paid. This occurs only when a homeowner meets the qualifications, and the homeowner’s lenders agree to allow a short sale....

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
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 There was a time when a higher percentage of people were married before they committed to buying a home together, but it’s a lot more common to co-habit and invest in a home together. If you’re considering the commitment of a mortgage without being married, here are some things to be aware of be...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
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Refinancing while divorcing is a very hard thing to do.  Emotionally and financially, it can be very stressful.  Finding an experienced mortgage lender in Texas capable of handling this delicate situation is essential.Texas is a common law state and if you are married and own Real Estate that is ...

By Bob Elliot
(RE/MAX Advisors)
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Last week's economic reports included readings on job openings, retail sales and consumer sentiment in addition to weekly reports on new jobless claims and Freddie Mac's survey of mortgage rates.Job Openings Hold Steady in November; Quits and Hires Increase According to the Labor Department, job ...