Our Credit.com experts are here to help you better understand mortgages so that you can make smarter home loan decisions. Find out what you should consider when shopping for a home loan, plus ways to get the best rates & deals. Learn how to approach re-financing, foreclosures and short sales. Understand how mortgage decisions can affect your credit score.
When shopping for a mortgage, it’s critical to have a general understanding of how points affect your mortgage rate and payments, and ultimately connect to your bottom line. Below are some guides to help you identify your net tangible benefit on a home loan. Points When you pay points, you are paying a premium to... Read More
Buying a home may no longer be the American Dream (now people just want to get out of debt someday), but it’s still a huge goal for many. But if you don’t have a good credit score, that dream might go up in flames. A lot of things factor into getting a mortgage, but it... Read More
Call them the invisible victims of the housing collapse: The millions of homeowners who’ve spent nearly a decade dutifully making mortgage payments on homes worth less than the balance of their loans. Known as “being under water,” many in this crowd were never in danger of losing their home. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t... Read More
How you plan and budget your finances can have a big effect on whether or not you can qualify for a home loan. For sound financial planning purposes, eliminating the expenses in your life that contain the highest interest rates first is generally a good approach. After all, why pay more interest, right? But when you apply... Read More
When you think Ohio, you probably think Cleveland, and you might think Cincinnati. Almost certainly, you don’t think Columbus, but here’s a secret: Ohio’s capital city is larger than its more famous neighbors to the north and south. In fact, it’s the largest U.S. city to make Credit.com’s top 10 most affordable cities list. By... Read More
If you’re looking for an edge in buying a home that will appreciate in value, Zillow researchers may have found just what you’re looking for. The real estate website recently analyzed the values of millions of homes near dozens of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, finding that these grocery stores and higher home values are definitely... Read More
Getting a mortgage can be difficult. Sometimes, to increase the odds of being approved or to qualify for a larger loan, prospective borrowers will pay down debts or eliminate existing loan obligations. Often, the process for doing so is simple, but there’s one type of financing that could trip up your efforts: a car lease. Here’s... Read More
Is buying a first home becoming more a privilege than an American birthright? That’s the provocative question posed recently by Issi Romem, chief economist of BuildZoom.com. And he answers it, cautiously, with data suggesting it’s true. Romem’s most concerning assertion: Young buyers have nearly 10% higher incomes than they did less than a decade ago.... Read More
How’s your income? That’s the first question a lender is going to ask when you apply for a home loan. And, at some point during the application process, the lender will likely use your tax returns to validate your answer. Here is how your tax returns may play a role in your ability to obtain... Read More
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