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Mortgage Rates : To Lock or Not August 20, 2014

Mortgages: To Lock or Not? Should you pay for an interest-rate guarantee? Some banks are encouraging home buyers to lock in mortgage rates to guard against rising interest rates; however, borrowers should be cautious: Interest-rate locks often come with fees that can eat into savings and can prove costly if rates go down instead of up.   What exactly are interest Rate Locks? Rate locks allow home buyers to guarantee a certain interest rate on their mortgage ..... read more

Buying a HUD Foreclosure? Learn some key tips July 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has thousands of homes for sale nationwide. Despite the publicized risks and drawbacks of HUD homes, real estate agents who specialize in these sales say buying homes HUD owns may actually be easier than buying a home in a traditional sale.  You can search for  HUD homes here. Please know buying a HUD home requires specialized knowledge from your Real Estate Agent and from your lender.  Make sure they have ..... read more

First Time Home Buyer Tips July 23, 2014

First time home buyer tips are something everyone who is going to purchase real estate for the first time should seek out and use to their advantage. Buying your first home is a big deal! If you are like most it will be the biggest purchase you have ever made. This naturally leads to a mix of emotions including excitement, anticipation and anxiety. While it may be impossible to eliminate the stress that comes from your first home purchase, you can certainly minimize it by going ..... read more

Avoid the Most Common Mistakes Charlotte Home Buyers Make July 11, 2014

Buying a house  in the Charlotte area can  be a nerve-wracking experience that brings a roller coaster of emotions. Between finding the right place,  securing the loan  and finally moving in- you are likely going to experience some stress. Buying your home is usually the largest investment you have considered and the emotions of purchasing something so expensive and personal can sometimes cloud your business judgment. Most Charlotte home buyers do little or no ..... read more

Insure your Home the Right Way June 27, 2014

As you move through different stages of life, it is important to protect the things you work hard for such as cars, homes and valuables. Your home is likely your biggest financial investment, so it is important to properly safeguard it with homeowners insurance. Insurance safeguards your interests from uncertainty; it provides you with safety, security, and peace of mind. It also offers a level of protection against unexpected loss of property and personal belongings. Researching ..... read more

Should you Pay Points on your Mortgage? June 19, 2014

Paying points, or an origination fee, is something that as a homeowner, you may consider doing. In general, if you choose to pay a point on your mortgage loan, you will have a higher up-front closing cost but will instead get a lower interest rate . Typically, a 'point' is equal to 1% of the loan amount and it will lower your interest rate by 0.25%-0.5%. If you plan to stay in your home and keep your mortgage for a long time, then deciding to pay points might be best, as you will ..... read more

How to Buy a home with a VA Loan May 27, 2014

At Fairway, we strive to show our appreciation to the Veterans who serve this country. It is our opportunity to thank them for providing security for our country and for risking their lives in the name of freedom. One of the core beliefs of our company is supporting the troops once they return home and helping them in any way we can to find an affordable home loan. If you are a Veteran, we understand that buying your first home is thrilling, but it can also seem daunting. ..... read more

How does your credit score measure up to these new standards? May 15, 2014

The Higher Standards of Credit Scores According to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the average FICO score for a conventional mortgage was 755 this past February. However, the average FICO score for FHA loans which are backed by the government and attract buyers with lower credit in part because FHA loans require down payment as low as 3% was 686. While mortgage credit continues to loosen up, obtaining a loan to buy a house is still proving difficult for the 'average' American. ..... read more

April 2014 Charlotte Realtor Real Estate Review April 30, 2014

According to mortgage buyer, Freddie Mac, home mortgage loan interest rates are still in a holding pattern as the Spring home-buying season begins. The average rate for the 30-year loan rose to 4.33% from 4.27% last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.39% from 3.33%. Though interest rates haven't been budging much, there is definitely good news on housing -- pending sales of existing homes rose in March for the first time in nine months. The ..... read more

What's going with mortgage rates right now? April 14, 2014

There are many decisions consumers make when buying or selling a home, such as when will be the right time to move and which loan is best for your financial goals. Even though long-term home mortgage loan interest rates are higher than the record lows seen in 2012, they still remain below historical levels and have been in a holding pattern for all of 2014. Freddie Mac announced that 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.41% in the week ending April 3, up from 4.4% last week. A 15-year ..... read more

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