Mortgages

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.

A New Challenge for First-Time Homebuyers?

A New Challenge for First-Time Homebuyers?

A New Challenge for First-Time Homebuyers?

The nation’s second-largest mortgage lender recently raised eyebrows after suggesting it might stop making FHA loans. JPMorgan Chase has already scaled back lending to lower-credit borrowers, citing the increased costs of foreclosure and regulatory action. But the firm’s chief executive went a step further in a conference call last week, noting Chase is “struggling” with… Read More

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

Today the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 15 states announced a slew of lawsuits against companies and individuals for allegedly misleading homeowners and illegally charging them for foreclosure relief that never came. The lawsuits are result of “Operation Mortgage Mismodification,” a joint investigation effort that revealed scams that cost consumers millions of… Read More

6 Things That Drive Up the Cost of Your Mortgage

6 Things That Drive Up the Cost of Your Mortgage

6 Things That Drive Up the Cost of Your Mortgage

Applying for a mortgage? Do your fees and rates appear to be a little higher than what you see advertised? If yes, there could be several key factors driving up the cost of your mortgage that you may not know about. These additional mortgage-pricing factors can make your mortgage cost more. Don’t be fooled by… Read More

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

At the start of the foreclosure crisis, struggling consumers got into the trend of trashing their houses. People poured paint on the carpet, let their animals defecate indoors and punched holes in the walls as a sort of retaliation for the banks taking their homes away. In Fort Worth, Texas, a recently evicted business left… Read More

5 Kinds of Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

5 Kinds of Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

5 Kinds of Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

Home buying can be a whirlwind and, unless you are a lottery winner or heir to a fortune, likely includes taking out a mortgage. Choosing the right mortgage loan for your budget includes assessing your income, lifestyle, credit history and qualifications. But it’s not just a matter of finding an affordable option – it’s also… Read More

What Is a Short Sale?

What Is a Short Sale?

What Is a Short Sale?

The world of real estate can be confusing, and sometimes, even with careful planning, mortgage payments can be difficult to make. If you find yourself faced with options like foreclosure, bankruptcy or a short sale, it’s important to understand your choices. A short sale is for those who do not qualify or do not want… Read More

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

A 2.9% mortgage rate sound great, but is it too good to be true? Anyone looking for a home loan knows they want to get the best interest rate possible, but getting a great deal has a lot more to it than comparing rates at face value. The current rate for a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage is… Read More

Why Your Job Matters When Buying a Home

Why Your Job Matters When Buying a Home

Why Your Job Matters When Buying a Home

Did you recently change jobs or receive a promotion? Despite what you might have heard, it is still possible to qualify for a mortgage to buy or refinance a home using your new income. The lending atmosphere is rife with misconceptions about job gaps, job changes and occupational changes within the course of an employment time… Read More

What Happens If I Stop Paying My Mortgage?

What Happens If I Stop Paying My Mortgage?

What Happens If I Stop Paying My Mortgage?

Homeowners who stop paying their mortgage do so for a host of reasons. Lives and financial circumstances change. Job loss or relocation might put consumers in a bind. Housing values can plummet, leaving homeowners owing far more than the property is worth. About 6% of all mortgage loans were at least one payment behind at… Read More

10 Places With the Best Property Tax Value

10 Places With the Best Property Tax Value

10 Places With the Best Property Tax Value

Property taxes are an additional expense homeowners must factor into their budgets. But the idea is in return they get certain services – like public safety and public schools. A recent study released by financial technology company SmartAsset states the nearly 100,000 people living in the Georgia’s Floyd County are getting the best deal on property taxes… Read More

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