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How to build a budget and save for your down payment

Stephen Leifer - Tuesday, February 27, 2018
One of the most daunting parts of buying a home is saving up enough money for a down payment. While there are plenty of low down payment loan options (https://admortgage.com/blog/low-payment-home-loan-options/), even smaller down payments require a fairly considerable amount of cash. There are some alternative ways to get a downpayment—like getting gift payments (https://admortgage.com/blog/guide-gift-payments/) for example—but most people will save money for a down payment. In o ..

Getting a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

Stephen Leifer - Friday, February 02, 2018
Being self-employed can be a freeing lifestyle in which you can make your own schedule, take charge of your own projects, and feel the passion in your work each day. The entrepreneurial lifestyle definitely has its pros, but it also comes with a lot of hard work and different challenges. As a self-employed person, you may see getting a mortgage (https://admortgage.com/rate-quote-2/) as a challenge because of traditional lending guidelines and regulations. While the loan process (https:/ ..

As lenders targeted veterans with risky mortgages, VA failed to act

Stephen Leifer - Friday, February 02, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs has known for more than a year that military service members were being sold a flood of costly and risky mortgages and done little to stop it. The result: Borrowers have been saddled with thousands of dollars in fees, and interest rates have risen for millions of rank-and-file homeowners. Lenders, hunting for business in a slow market, have swarmed into VA mortgages, sometimes selling military homeowners new loans every few months. Some are pushing shor ..

Paying off Your Mortgage in 15 Years vs 30

Stephen Leifer - Friday, January 19, 2018
Paying off your mortgage early and living mortgage-free so you can use the money for other things—such as travel and an early retirement—can sound like a pipe-dream that’s impossible to get to, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a 30-year mortgage, there are a few ways to cut that time in half, or at least come close to it: Add a monthly payment each year This easy step will cut about three years off a 30-year mortgage by spreading out one extra mon ..

A Fight Over the Credit Score Lenders Use for Your Mortgage

Stephen Leifer - Friday, January 05, 2018
Banks and rival lenders are butting heads over the credit scores used to decide millions of mortgage requests by U.S. home buyers. Read More... By AnnaMaria Andriotis and Christina Rexrode Published January 03, 2018 Now, a federal agency is weighing whether to step into the fight, which revolves around a longtime requirement for lenders who sell mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to gauge most borrowers using FICO scores. The Feder ..

What You Need to Know before Shopping for a Mortgage

Stephen Leifer - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. The best ways to ensure that you do not make a mistake that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars over the term of the loan is to shop around for the best possible mortgage for your circumstances. What should you know before shopping for your loan? How is your credit? Whether you get a loan or not is dependent on your personal credit situation. You must have a credit score that will a ..