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Can you a Buy a Home with Bad Credit?

Mortgage interest rates are at record lows and it could be a really good time to get into the housing market. Of course, to get a mortgage loan for a home purchase lenders will look at your credit score. If you’re scared of what they’ll find when they check, can you still buy a home? Credit Scores Explained Three separate credit reporting bureaus keep track of all your credit history – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. They use a scoring system to give you a FICO number to reflect how responsible you are with repaying debts. The breakdown looks like this: Excep...

February 24th, 2021 | Purchasing a Home, Can you a Buy a Home with Bad Credit?

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The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

A conventional mortgage loan requires a 20% down payment. If you are a first-time homebuyer however, saving up tens of thousands of dollars can seem like an impossible task. Of course, there are loan programs, like FHA mortgages, that allow for low down payments, but they often have stricter requirements. For some of those programs, you may have to pay higher interest rates, have better credit scores, or pay higher mortgage insurance fees.  Fortunately, there is a little-known mortgage loan that requires no down payment and minimal fees: the USDA loan. USDA Loan Defined These are mo...

February 10th, 2021 | Government Loans, USDA Loans, The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

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6 Tips for Saving a Down Payment as a Renter

Homeownership is the American Dream, and yet with house prices on the rise, it can sometimes feel unattainable if you’re still trying to make a rent payment each month. The average U.S. rent for a two-bedroom apartment as of June 2020 was $1,917, according to Rent.com, an increase of $39 over 2019. While that may not seem like a huge jump, it does make it harder to save for buying a house, especially when average home prices have risen 15% in roughly the same time, according to the National Association of Realtors. Even with increasing prices, it is possible to save for that firs...

January 27th, 2021 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, 6 Tips for Saving a Down Payment as a Renter

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4 Predictions for the 2021 Mortgage Market

The 2020 housing market surprised everyone by quickly bouncing back after slumping during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic. What might the coming year hold as the country continues to fight its way through this crisis? The experts at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference last week made these four predictions for the mortgage world in 2021. Mortgage Rates Will Rise from Record Lows As the COVID crisis eases and the economy improves, long-term mortgage interest rates (which hit multiple historic lows this year) will begin to rise. Averaging 3.0% in 20...

January 13th, 2021 4 Predictions for the 2021 Mortgage Market

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Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

When you buy a home or refinance, your lender will talk about setting up an “escrow” account. They may also refer to the charges in that account at “impounds.” If you are new to mortgage loans, you may not understand what these terms mean. And even if you’ve been around the mortgage block a few times, you may wonder if you’d be better off handling the impounds yourself. What are Escrow Accounts and Impounds?  Escrow is a third party-managed account that collects money for your property taxes and homeowner insurance, paying them off when the bills ...

December 30th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

All of us at First Option Mortgage would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 is a year full of happiness, health and prosperity for you and your loved ones. All the Best, First Option Mortgage

December 23rd, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Credit, Home Equity, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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