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A 20% Down Payment

You should make a 20% down payment when buying a home. Even though this is a significant amount of money, it will save you a ton of money in the long run. Making a small down payment will end up costing you thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. Currently, an FHA-insured mortgage has become quite…

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A new way

There’s a new way to handle your student loans. There’s a company called SoFi who offers better rates for student loans, home mortgages, and personal loans. Some of you might have a ton of high interest rate student loans. You need to refinance these to lower interest rate loans. According to SoFi’s web site, Make your student debt go away…

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House Fever

Have you experienced house fever? House fever occurs when you cannot wait to buy a house. You might be newly married or a young single professional. You have friends and parents urging you to buy a house. They say things such as, “Why are you paying someone else’s mortgage? You are throwing your money away by renting.” Or a myriad…

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Fannie Mae’s HomeReady Program

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) has introduced HomeReady™ mortgage. This program is aimed to allow low and moderate income individuals access to an affordable, sustainable mortgage. While this program is not yet available, Fannie Mae will provide additional details to lenders in the coming weeks through a Selling Guide announcement. Lenders who use Desktop Underwriter® will be automatically advised of potentially eligible loans and fully leverage…

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Don’t do it

Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac have started backing low down payment mortgages. You can get a home by putting only 3% down. Don’t do it! Remember the housing crisis that hit just a few years back? It occurred, in part, because of this type of low down payments. The low down payment sounds attractive, but if you don’t have the 20%…

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Types of bankruptcies

Two types of bankruptcies that are most commonly filed when you are drowning in debt are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 is the most common type of bankruptcy. It is available to both individuals and businesses. Another name for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is Straight Bankruptcy. Any assets that can be sold to pay the lenders are known as non-exempt…

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