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Jun
23
2022
Is It Possible to Buy a Condo with a VA Loan?
Did you know you could purchase a condo unit with a VA home loan? VA loans are a great home financing option since they don’t require a down payment and have lower interest rates than other mortgage products. So if you qualify for a VA home loan, purchasing a condo would be a fantastic...
Jun
20
2022
Adjustable-rate mortgages can lower payments as interest rates soar
This week’s 30-year fixed rate jumped to 5.78%, the largest weekly surge in 35 years. By Jeff Lazerson | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | June 20, 2022 Jeff and Kim Noviello got outbid in their first two offers for the Mission Viejo home they fell in love with at...
Jun
16
2022
Buying Mortgage Points: Is It Worth It?
Buying mortgage points is a way to secure a lower interest rate during the home buying process. It can save you several thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan and lower your monthly mortgage payment. Check out this nifty guide to learn how they’re calculated so you...
Jun
12
2022
Freddie Mac eases granny flat financing
First-time buyers need as little as 3% down and can use rent payments to qualify for an ADU construction loan. By Jeff Lazerson | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | June 12, 2022 It just got a lot easier to qualify for a mortgage covering the construction costs of an...
Jun
09
2022
Things to Consider When Deciding to Rent or Buy Your First Home
Are you considering whether you should purchase your first home or rent? There are several things to think about when deciding if you want to buy or rent.  We’ve listed down things you should know so that you can settle the rent or buy debate in your situation. Put Your Future...
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Jeff Lazerson - Mortgage Columnist since 2011