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When to Refinance a Home Loan

September 8, 2017
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With interest rates at attractive lows, it might seem like a great time to refinance your mortgage loan—a process that involves paying off your current home loan with a new loan, resulting in new principal and interest payments (the P and the I in PITI) that could save you money, among other things. But how do you know if it’s a good time to refinance?   Following are four instances when it might make sense to refinance your home loan: You want a lower interest…

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5 FAQs on Home is Possible

August 9, 2017
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Saving up for a down payment on a new home in Nevada? This homebuyer assistance program, now available through HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, may help make your dream home a reality! What’s Home is Possible? It’s a grant from the Nevada Housing Division that may be used toward a down payment on a qualified home purchase. Typical program participants receive 3% to 4% of the total mortgage amount; a 5% grant is offered on conventional loans. Heroes (veterans, active service members and surviving spouses) may opt…

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Finding Home Insurance

May 15, 2017

Purchasing home insurance makes good sense, and not just because it’s often a condition for home loan approval. It’s also a good idea for peace of mind and financial security. You definitely don’t want to find yourself wishing you’d purchased the right insurance after something unexpected happens. So if you’re in the market for a new home, check out the following tips for finding a plan that covers your home’s needs. Compare insurance quotes Consult an insurance agency with brokers that can compare costs and…

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What Can a Loan Officer Do for You?

April 18, 2017
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Loan officers work to help prospective borrowers obtain home loans (a.k.a. mortgages). But there’s more to the position than meets the eye. A lender’s loan officers assist borrowers through the mortgage lending process. They are skilled at evaluating a homebuyer’s creditworthiness (the degree to which he or she is considered likely to repay a loan), and are well-versed on the many different types of loans available in today’s market. If you are considering buying a new home, you can meet with a loan officer to…

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Cost Comparison: Rent or Buy

April 10, 2017
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There are many benefits to being a homeowner. From a purely financial perspective, there are tools to help determine the cost of renting versus buying a home. Comparing the cost of renting to buying usually depends on key factors, such as budgeted monthly rent, target home price, the length of time you plan to live in the home and what your mortgage rate would be. Estimating these values can help determine if buying is financially advantageous. In addition to the actual buying costs, it is…

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