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By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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One of the most frequent questions we get asked after people get pre-approved for their home loan is How Much Money Will I Need for Closing Costs.  So in this episode of Darren Copeland's "Ask Darren" webseries featured on YouTube, a local Kansas City realtor asks him what about those mortgage re...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
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   You may think it's your last chance to refinance your mortgage before interest rates go through the roof. Or, you feel your home's value has risen enough that you can get a better deal on your mortgage debt.    So how do you determine whether or not you qualify to refinance? First, establish h...
By Dora Griffin, NMLS 6380
(D A Griffin Financial.LLC)
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WHAT IS A REALTOR PROCESSING FEE?   What is a Realtor processing fee, and why is it on my settlement sheet? Occasionally I get a settlement sheet to review before closing and I see a Realtor processing fee as a line item charge to the buyer or the seller. As a mortgage broker, my concern is for t...
By yanni raz
(hml investments)
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Hard money commercial loans have become a viable option for real estate investors interested in expanding their portfolios despite the lending downturn with major banking institutions. These lenders specialize in real estate speculation and are often willing to finance locations that banks simpl...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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Returning Home:  The Benefit of VA Loans                  Home.  A small, simple word that wields undeniable impact and emotion ...       After working with many veterans over the years, I've come to believe that U.S. soldiers ... those that have served to protect us and our way of life ... know ...
If anyone involved in Olympia real estate were to try to pick a word to characterize the mortgage industry as a whole, “sentimental” wouldn’t be among them. Especially over the past several years, “frustrated” might be apt, or “hog-tied.” Mortgage issuers been hampered by tough rules developed in...
By Shawn Sidhu
(C2 Financial Corporation)
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A great option for those that have refinanced within the past year or two or have purchased a home within the past twelve months. By choosing a slightly higher interest rate the lender would issue out a rebate that covers all of the non recurring closing costs which consists of the lender fee alo...
By Terry Bishop, Earning Your Trust and Confidence...
(Terry Bishop Realty LLC)
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Have you served in the US military or are you currently serving in the US military? Do you think about owning a home? Are you thinking about an FHA loan? Did you know that a VA loan may cost you less money? You can purchase a home with a price tag to $417,000, with no money down.   You will pay t...
By Phil Caulfield, Mortgage Lender - San Francisco Bay Area
(Opes Advisors)
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Get Rid of PMI Mortgage Insurance I am writing this post as a public service to all homeowners in the counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties. If you are paying for mortgage insurance (also known as PMI, MIP, or MI) stop this insanity! You have an alternati...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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A GFE is a Good Faith Estimate and a lender is required by law to provide the estimate to a customer within three days of a loan application. First, a GFE is that it is exactly what the name implies: It is an estimate. The standard GFE form lists all the many items related to buying a house that ...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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When Should I Buy Furniture? We're continuing blogging through our Ask Darren Series on YouTube, and we wanted you to know what the best time to buy furniture is when you're purchasing your new home!  Darren Copeland, your Lee's Summit MO home loan expert sat down with a local Kansas City area re...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
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Where are rates heading today and the rest of this week? In all likelihood, mostly sideways (meaning not much in the way of gains or losses) After a foolish mini sell off on Friday last week the market rallied some yesterday fro less than stellar economic numbers. If I sound like a broken record ...
By Bruce Brown, Senior Loan Officer/CMPS
(PrimeLending)
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Below is the daily mortgage market and interest rate commentary from Bruce Brown of PrimeLending and host of Dollars and Homes on KCMO Talk Radio 710 in Kansas City. To view my daily blog please visit my website at www.dollarsandhomes.com/blog.  
By Christopher Ohlsen
(Credit Werx)
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If you found this blog post you are probably looking for information about how to fix your credit on your own. Well, you're in luck because you just found it. I am going to share 3 tools with you that you can easily obtain for under $5 and use to begin fixing your credit. Here they are in order: ...
By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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As realtors we sometimes miss the news about mortgages and sometimes need a re-cap of what some of the mortgage programs are like.  Lillian has put out the basics of VA mortgages which I think are becoming more popular because of the larger number of veterans we have now. VA loans offer very attr...
By Gary Miljour, Mortgage Lending for Arizona and California
(Starboard Financial)
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    Current Promotion: Starboard Financial is currently running our special S.O.S. Promotion.  This promotion waives all of our processing and underwriting costs ($1,390 Savings) on all refinances for a limited time through 4/30/2015. All refinance products; including streamline, rate/term, and ...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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While there are differing schools of thought when it comes to whether or not a person should pay off a mortgage before the loan term ends, there may be some benefits to making payments on a bi-weekly basis as opposed to monthly basis. Here are three reasons why you should ditch the monthly fees a...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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Maybe you weren't expecting it, your credit slipped, something happened and now you're waiting after a bankruptcy wondering if you can buy a new home?  The good news is that having a bankruptcy doesn't end your dreams of owning a house, however it may delay them by a few years.  A Realtor in the ...
By Chris Goulart, California Hard Money Loans & Solutions
(All California Lending)
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Specializing in California hard money loans I have a pretty good pulse on the products that are available these days.  Recently we have gained access to a tremendous hard money apartment loan product that can bring rates in at the single digit level as well as fund up to 75% loan to value.  With ...
By Bruce Brown, Senior Loan Officer/CMPS
(PrimeLending)
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Below is the daily mortgage market and interest rate commentary from Bruce Brown of PrimeLending and host of Dollars and Homes on KCMO Talk Radio 710 in Kansas City. To view my daily blog please visit my website at www.dollarsandhomes.com/blog.