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How Do Mortgage Lenders Determine Your Qualifying Credit Score?

Posted in FAQsPosted by Shane Latza

In a typical mortgage application scenario, a home buyer will have 3 credit scores: one from TransUnion, one from Equifax, and one from Experian. If you’re applying for a mortgage, it’s important to understand your credit score and know which of the 3 credit scores provided will be used to determine your mortgage eligibility, as the numbers can vary significantly. Keep in mind that lenders will typically choose the middle credit score to use when determining your…

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What Should I Do With My Tax Refund?

Posted in Home Buying Tips & InfoPosted by Shane Latza

Tax season is an exciting time, especially for those individuals who are expecting a tax refund! Having some extra money on hand is a refreshing change of pace for many. With tax refunds comes opportunity. When it comes to making the most of your tax refund, you have many options to choose from. Expecting a tax refund this year, but you are not quite sure what to do with it? Consider these options for how to…

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Update: New FHA Mortgage Insurance Rates in 2017 Suspended Indefinitely

Posted in Government MortgagesPosted by Shane Latza

UPDATE: As of January 20, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that the reduction of the FHA Mortgage premium slated to take effect on January 27, 2017 has been suspended indefinitely.  Here, you can get the details on the FHA Mortgage Insurance Rate changes initially proposed in early January 2017. Please note that as of January 20, 2017, these changes have been placed on hold and the lowered annual MIP premiums for…

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NY VA Home Loans: Veteran Home Mortgages and Certificate of Eligibility

Posted in Government MortgagesPosted by Shane Latza

In July of 1930, through an executive order by Herbert Hoover, the Veterans Administration was created. The federal government guarantees VA-guaranteed loans through the Veterans Benefits Administration. What Are VA Loans? The main purpose of the Veteran Affairs in guaranteeing loans is to help meet the housing needs of eligible veterans who have served or are currently on active duty in the US Armed forces: Army Navy Air Force Marine Corps Coast Guard Reserves National…

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What is a Mortgage Broker & How Does it Differ from a Bank? [VIDEO]

Posted in FAQsPosted by Maple Tree Funding

A home will likely be the largest purchase you make in your life. When it comes to financing that purchase, you have lots of options to consider. Government loans, conventional loans, fixed rate loans, adjustable rate loans and more – there are so many mortgage options to choose from. But while you’re considering your options in terms of home loans, you may also want to carefully consider the source of that loan. If you are a…

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