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The Pennymac Mortgage Blog is where you'll find unbiased, useful info to help save you money, time and peace of mind during the mortgage process. If you have a mortgage or are about to get one, we think you'll find info here you can't always get elsewhere.

09.20.22

When you’ve decided you want to move or buy a home, you might be wondering how important timing is. For some things in life, timing is everything. But for buying a house, timing is only part of the equation. Still, timing does play an important role in your homebuying experience and ultimately how much you might end up paying for your new house, so it’s important to consider when it’s a good time to buy a house.

Read more about When is the Best Time to Buy a House?

09.12.22

A conventional loan is a type of mortgage that is not part of a specific government program, such as Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) loan programs. However, conventional loans are commonly interchangeable with "conforming loans", since they are required to conform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s underwriting requirements and loan limits.

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08.02.22

Getting a mortgage loan can feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. Get step-by-step information from Pennymac for a simple process.

Read more about The Mortgage Loan Process – What You Need to Know From Start to Finish

07.25.22

Understand how mortgage rates work and get answers to your frequently asked questions.

Read more about Mortgage Rates Explained

06.01.22

Adding a co-borrower to your loan means that they are equally responsible for the mortgage and have equal ownership.

Read more about What is a Co-Borrower?

08.28.19

Your credit score is a simple number that tells a complicated story. A huge part of your financial history — from long-term debt to a few scattered missed payments here and there — can be summarized by this number. This little figure can have a big impact on your life, as it is one of the major factors that your lender uses to determine what loan terms you can qualify for.

Read more about How to Improve Your Credit Score During the Home Buying Process

07.05.19

Buying your first home can be a fun and exciting process that awakens feelings of freedom, security, and even creativity. It can also be a source of confusion, worry, and fear when you are confronted with the many decisions to be made.

Read more about 9 Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make and How to Avoid Them

05.03.18

Debt-to-income (DTI) ratio isn’t as talked about as often as your credit score, but it’s just as important when seeking a home loan. So what goes into DTI? It’s the amount of recurring monthly debt you have compared to your monthly gross income.

Read more about What Is the Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio?

02.26.18

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three national credit bureaus. However, not all credit reports are truly “free,” so it’s important to get your credit report right from the source.

Read more about How to Get a No-Strings-Attached Free Credit Report