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If you are like many American homeowners, your first mortgage may have been a loan with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Loans backed by the FHA are attractive to first-time homebuyers because FHA loans are easier to obtain financing for and require only minimal down payments and fair-to-good credit scores.
A 30-year mortgage has long been the industry norm, and for good reason: It allows the homebuyer to spread the loan out over a long period to keep payments as low as possible. But now that interest rates have dropped to near-record lows, 15-year mortgages are becoming more popular. Is a 15-year mortgage right for you?
You may have heard that you should refinance to lower your interest rate or shorten your loan term, but are those the only reasons?
With rates so low and the removal of the Adverse Market Refinance Fee by the FHFA, it’s an ideal time to refinance. Learn more.
When you refinance your home, the process is similar to the one you followed when obtaining your original mortgage. Your finances will be verified and calculated, and your home will be appraised to determine its value to your potential lender. However, Pennymac also has many streamline products that don’t require income or asset verification. There are also products that do not require an appraisal. As a result of a refinance, it’s common for your monthly payment and even your total loan amount to change — but will your property taxes go up?
Would you rather repair a small crack, or rebuild an entire wall? How about cleaning a filter versus replacing your entire air conditioning unit?
If you’re like most homeowners, your mortgage payment looms on the calendar as the single largest expense each month. Pruning that payment can add cash to your household budget — every month. As Ben Franklin would say, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Let’s see how you can save the most, and make Ben proud.
For many people, one of the benefits of homeownership is having the opportunity to use their home equity to access needed cash. While there are many options to get that money into your piggy bank, an attractive option for many is a Cash-Out Refinance.
If you’re headed back to school this fall, or paying for your child’s education, you may be worried about that upcoming tuition bill. Depending on your financial situation there are different options available for each circumstance.