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Jan
16
2023
Why no Costco-like discounts for real estate services? It’s illegal
Federal law prohibits any bundling because the discounts could tilt the advantage to certain service. By JEFF LAZERSON | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | January 16, 2023 Article originally posted in Orange County Register on January 12, 2023. A...
Jan
11
2023
Simple Budgeting Tips: Getting Ready To Own Your First Home
Follow these tips and expert insight to help you get your budget in order and get yourself ready to buy your first home. 1. Organize Your Finances You may know how much you have in your bank accounts, but do you know how much you spend on household expenses and luxuries each month? Or which...
Jan
09
2023
Home equity lines, second mortgage lending spikes as consumer debt soars
High-interest credit card debt of $30,000 is a payment of roughly $480 monthly.With a HELOC, it drops to $219. By JEFF LAZERSON | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | January 9, 2023 Article originally posted in Orange County Register on January 5, 2023. “Let the...
Jan
04
2023
Benefits of a New Construction vs Existing Home
Ready to dive into the housing market? There are plenty of choices - but between newly-built and preowned homes, which reigns supreme? One way to decide is by asking yourself: how custom do you want your living space be? If modern layouts with open floor plans appeal to you (or if remote...
Dec
28
2022
What's Really Going On In the Market? Get Real Answers From Your Local Mortgage Advisor
If you're thinking about buying a home, investing in real estate, or getting a home equity loan, you're probably keeping a close eye on the news headlines. After all, it's essential to know what's going on with home prices, interest rates, mortgage regulation updates, housing supply,...
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Jeff Lazerson - Mortgage Columnist since 2011