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Oct
26
2022
Top Ways to Raising Your Credit Score --Fast!
There are plenty of reasons why you should boost your credit score. But if you’re preparing to purchase a house, know that an exceptional credit score can increase your chances of getting a lower interest rate on your home loan.  If you want to raise your credit score, there are...
Oct
25
2022
As prices fall, homebuyers can weigh agent bonus for even more discounts
Consider making low-ball offers — and giving your agent a financial incentive to make them stick. By JEFF LAZERSON | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | October 25, 2022 * Article originally posted in Orange County Register on October 20, 2022 Economic...
Oct
19
2022
Why Buying A Home Still Makes Better Financial Sense Than Renting
Both house and rental prices have risen, pushing many to contemplate the benefits of buying vs. renting in 2022. Renting is usually the more affordable option, but with rent payments being nearly equal to buying a home, is waiting to buy a home even worth it?  Don’t worry...
Oct
18
2022
Homebuyers can lock a rate for 150 days ahead of a sales contract
Locking a rate is a key tactic in this inflationary environment. By JEFF LAZERSON | jlazerson@mortgagegrader.com | MortgageGrader.com | October 18, 2022 * Article originally posted in Orange County Register on October 13, 2022 As mortgage rates rise to nearly 7% this week. Home...
Oct
12
2022
Tips for Saving Thousands on Your Home Purchase
Purchasing your own home may be the largest purchase you can make. The median monthly mortgage payment in the U.S. is $1,100, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau — and this doesn’t include other costs related to homeowners insurance and property taxes.  If you want to save...
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Jeff Lazerson - Mortgage Columnist since 2011