Home Mortgage Blog
It’s no secret that getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the most important first-steps on the path to home ownership. However, it’s important not to overlook the pivotal decision that comes before that: choosing your mortgage lender.
Not all mortgage pre-approvals are created equally. Using a rapid pre-approval may seem convenient, but it puts you at risk for financing issues down the line. Opting for the quick and easy route could lead to delayed closings. In the midst of moving, having your closing date pushed back can be a logistical nightmare. What’s worse, a flimsy pre-approval could even lead to the loss of your dream home. That’s why it pays to get Marketplace Approved. READ MORE
The new tax reform bill that was signed into law by Congress will be changing taxes related to home ownership in 2018 and beyond. If you are a homeowner, or are considering becoming one, be sure to meet with your tax professional to discuss how these changes will impact you. READ MORE
Each spring as the temperatures warm up, so does the housing market. Even before the snow has melted, sellers are preparing their homes to be listed, and buyers a readying themselves for a search.
If you are among those who plan to buy a house this spring, here are the key first steps you should be taking to get started. READ MORE
When you are comparing mortgage options, it is important to understand the difference between APR and interest rates. When you see a loan rate advertised, you’ll also see a corresponding APR (4.5%/4.762% APR). This Annual Percentage Rate is the total cost of your loan (interest and fees) expressed as a single number. The purpose is to give you one number for comparing multiple loans.
But it’s an imperfect science.The problem with using APR as designed is that the calculation applies to the entire length of the loan, and some people use mortgage loans for only a few years due to refinancing or sale. READ MORE
In the mortgage industry, we are often asked if a home inspection is required. In many cases, the answer is no. However, even when it is not required, a home inspection is certainly recommended.
You are making a large investment when you buy a home, and having a professional home inspector look at it could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
As we head into another year at Marketplace Home Mortgage L.L.C., we have a lot to be thankful for. 2017 was a year of tremendous growth.
We opened new locations in Sioux Falls, SD, Clive, IA, and Portsmouth, NH. We also hired 130 new employees across the country.
Throughout the year we were honored to receive some awards and recognition. In August, Marketplace Home Mortgage was named Best Mortgage Company in the Twin Cities by voters in the 2017 Twin Cities Business Magazine Reader Poll. As the year progressed, we were also recognized as Number 27 on the list of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Twin Cities by Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Mortgage interest rates are always changing, and if you bought your home when rates were higher, refinancing the existing mortgage could save you thousands of dollars over the course of your home loan. When you are preparing to refinance there are certain things you should avoid leading up to the transaction. Take a look at the list below and contact a Marketplace Home Mortgage Loan Officer to learn more about how you can get started.
On Tuesday, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2018.
The FHFA stated that loan limits will be raised to reflect the change in U.S. home prices. The press release distributed by the agency states:
“According to FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI, house prices increased 6.8 percent, on average, between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017. Therefore, the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2018 will increase by the same percentage.” – Federal Housing Finance Agency
Winter can be a great time to become a homeowner. In many areas, the real estate market tends to slow down during the colder months. With fewer buyers to compete with, you could get a great deal. One of the downsides to buying in the winter is having to move in unfavorable weather conditions, but with the right strategies and preparations, you can make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. READ MORE