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Jul
16
2022
Mortgage relief plans may help struggling borrowers stay put
Numerous options abound for borrowers dealing with inflation, a spike in COVID-19 and dwindling savings. By Jeff Lazerson | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | July 16, 2022 Maybe it’s the canary in the coal mine. I’ve been getting a steady stream of...
Jul
13
2022
How Do Second Mortgages Work?
Many homebuyers don't know they can take a second mortgage on their homes. The first loan, the primary mortgage, is taken while purchasing a property. A second mortgage is a type of mortgage that lets you borrow against the value of the same property while your first loan is not fully paid...
Jul
10
2022
Freddie Mac credits on-time rent payments for first-time buyers
Homeownership is within reach for thin-credit file applicants who lack usable credit scores – especially in underserved communities. By Jeff Lazerson | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | July 10, 2022 * Article originally posted in Orange County Register...
Jul
08
2022
FICO score simulator paves approval path for borderline homebuyers
Credit-repair tools can help borrowers get their targeted middle FICO scores high enough for a home loan. By Jeff Lazerson | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | July 08, 2022 * Article originally posted in Orange County Register on June 30, 2022 Bioseh Ogbechie...
Jul
07
2022
Factors To Consider When Purchasing a Home as an Unmarried Couple
While exciting, real estate purchases can present challenges for unmarried couples. And since buying a home is a significant financial investment, it's best to prepare for those challenges before committing to the purchase.  What To Consider When Buying Property as an...
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Jeff Lazerson - Mortgage Columnist since 2011