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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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When to Refinance a Home Loan

September 8, 2017
Couple reviewing refinancing documents

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
Home is possible

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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5 FAQs on Home in Five

March 21, 2017
Home in Five: Smiling couple in front of moving boxes

Saving up for a down payment on a new home in Maricopa County? This homebuyer assistance program, now available through HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, may give you the boost you need to move up your moving day! What’s Home in Five? It’s a grant from the Phoenix and Maricopa industrial development authorities (IDA) that may be used toward a down payment and/or closing costs on a qualified home purchase. Typical program participants receive 2.5 to 3.5% of the total mortgage amount; members of the military, first…

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