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Should You Buy a Home or Keep Renting? How To Decide in 7 Steps


marchmeena29/Getty Images It’s a big question with no easy answer: Should you keep renting, or is it time to think about buying a home? One of the major benefits of being a homeowner is building equity with each mortgage payment, instead of putting money into your landlord’s pocket.

Reducing the racial wealth gap by expanding down payment assistance

Housing Wire

The incoming Biden administration has made improving racial equity a pillar of its domestic policy agenda, and appropriately so. With home equity accounting for a quarter of total U.S. Now is the time to double down on diversity and inclusion efforts.


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5 Tips for Finding a Good Tenant as a Landlord

Realty Biz

Purchasing a long-term rental property is a great way to earn passive income and build up personal equity. Renting out a newly purchased property that you no longer want to live in can also help homeowners avoid tax penalties for selling their house too quickly.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Refinancing Your Mortgage


But, before you jump into refinancing your mortgage, it’s important to know what it involves and what the potential consequences are. With that in mind, here are 7 questions to ask before you make your choice. Can you afford the costs? Do you have any plans to relocate?

Thinking About a Rent-to-Own House? Here’s What You Need to Know


Most of us have seen those ads for rent-to-own appliance and furniture stores. Maybe you’ve even used their services when you were in need of furniture but didn’t really have the cash on hand at the moment to buy that pretty new couch outright. Yes, a rent-to-own house!

Avoid Being House Poor With These 8 Critical Buyer Tips


And second of all, there’s actually a term for this scenario: It’s called being “ house poor ,” when your housing costs eat up the bulk of your income. It’s an uncomfortable way to live, but you don’t have to resign yourself to it if you want to buy a house.

How FHA Down Payment Assistance Works, Nationally and State By State


In 2021’s white-hot real estate market, homes are appreciating every day. It can be daunting to know how and when to leap into homeownership — especially if you don’t have substantial savings for a down payment. Worried you simply won’t be able to afford it?

What Is a Co-op and Is It Right for Me? Here’s Everything You Need to Know


You’ve finally decided to purchase your first home and you have your sights set on a place in the city! While it can provide affordable living and less maintenance, co-ops may be harder to get into, and they can come with quite a few rules and regulations. Harder to get into.

Here’s How You Can Become a Homeowner With A Zero-Down-Payment Mortgage


However, even if you can’t make the traditional 20% down payment , it doesn’t mean you need to put your dream of owning a home on the backburner. Today, there’s no rule stating that you have to put 20% down before you’re able to secure a mortgage for a house. No income limits.

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Looking for a Mortgage Lender? Here Are 19 Questions to Ask Them Before You Commit


When it comes to house-hunting , finding your dream home is only part of the equation. And while you can expect to answer plenty of questions from your mortgage lender about qualifying for a loan, as a buyer, there are also several important questions you should be asking your lender.

What’s A Mortgage Down Payment … And Why Does It Matter?


But unless you’ve bought a car or made another big purchase, the words “down payment” might not mean anything to you at all … except perhaps representing one more thing you don’t know about buying a house. Not a few turn to family members for help. The LTV ratio is 88%.

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9 Easy Ways to Bulletproof Your Transactions During the Pandemic

The Close

In my 26-year career as a broker and real estate coach, I have never seen anything like today’s market. Even in a normal market, all pendings don’t make it to closing. The goal is to move the buyer through the investigative process quickly. Over to You.

51 Brilliant Real Estate Tips for Buyers to Edge Past the Competition


Ready to hit the market, buy your dream home and conquer this whole homeownership thing? It’s an exciting step in life, to be sure. But there’s so much to keep track of along the way: hiring an agent, getting a mortgage, making offers, and closing the deal.

FHA Guidelines

Real Estate Finance HQ

If you want to get a quick summary instead of reading over 1,000 pages keep reading. The FHA, a unit of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was created in 1934 specifically to help low- and moderate-income families obtain financing for home ownership. Housing Ratio. Debt to Income Ratio. Income: FHA mortgage loans require a steady source of income and consistent employment for at least two years. Housing Ratio.