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Student Debt and Buying a Home

May 7, 2019

Student debt is a hot topic these days, and little wonder: approximately 44.7 million Americans were paying back student loans as of 2017, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (spreadsheet). If you’re one of them and have hopes of purchasing a home, the good news is that buying a home with student debt is achievable for many people. But each potential buyer should take a careful look at his or her student debt—and overall finances—to assess what’s smart for them. For some,…

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Applying for a Mortgage Soon?

February 15, 2019
Get your credit mortgage ready with these 8 tips

We’ve created this handy infographic to help you understand and work to improve the factors that affect your credit score—an important consideration for any lender reviewing your mortgage application. Your credit score may influence what types of loans you can qualify for and what rate lenders will offer you, so it’s best to make it a priority as soon as possible in your home search. For more detailed information, download our free guide, 8 Credit Score Management Tips.

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Home Buying Infographic: The Mortgage Process

February 8, 2019
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Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or it’s just been a few years since you last looked into home financing, this infographic is for you! It gives a very simple overview of the mortgage process from start to finish and, if you want to dive deeper, a link to get our Mortgage Quick-reference Guide. Knowing what to expect—the steps involved, the questions you’ll be asked, the documentation you’ll need to provide—will help you plan ahead and stay on track for a smooth closing. DOWNLOAD AND SHARE…

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Online Tools to Improve Credit

January 21, 2019

An acceptable credit score is one of the keys to getting your home loan application approved. Mortgage lenders have historically used FICO® scores—derived from data collected by one or more of the three major credit bureaus—as a major factor in determining whether you qualify for a mortgage. Different mortgage lenders can approve or deny loans based on their own risk tolerance, but anything below a “good” range may significantly decrease your odds of loan approval—and of a favorable interest rate if you are approved. So, what…

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How to Use a Mortgage Calculator

January 9, 2019

Mortgage calculators are an underappreciated example of how the web has made home shopping easier, smarter and flashier. OK, maybe not flashier, but definitely easier and smarter, as they can provide quick insights into whether you’re able to afford a mortgage, and if so, what you’ll want or need for a down payment, monthly payment, etc. Check your borrower profile below to see which mortgage calculators you might find useful. Keep in mind, however, that while these will give you good ballpark figures, they won’t…

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