Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs on new construction and resale homes and how they will affect your home purchase.
A home warranty is a great perk when you buy a new-construction home (and sometimes even a resale!) but do you know how it differs from home insurance coverage? Knowing who to call about a home issue can put you on the fast track to getting it addressed ASAP!
Special financing. You’re familiar with the term, but its definition varies by industry. For example, some car dealers use “special financing” to describe financing options for people with bad credit who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for an auto loan. And some retailers have deferred-interest special financing options, which allow shoppers to make interest payments on their purchases at a future date. But here’s what you need to know about special financing when shopping for a new home. Read more.
Before you get too caught up in the excitement of researching neighborhoods, pinning down your wish list and clicking your way through your local MLS site, you might want to consider taking this simple, time-saving, disappointment-preventing step: pre-qualifying for a mortgage. In this article, we outline all the benefits of this important step.
Looking to buy a new home soon? We’ve created a handy mortgage infographic to help you understand some of the factors that affect your credit score and the ways you can improve your 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.
Love saving money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Check out our shopping dos and don’ts! If you’re in the market for a new home, these tips could save you more money on your future mortgage than any retail doorbuster, discount or early-bird special ever could.