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Homeownership Tied to Financial Well-Being   Older American homeowners have a greater degree of financial well-being than those who do not own a home, while lower housing costs are also correlated to more positive financial well-being. This is according to a survey titled “Financial Well-being of Older Americans,” released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans.  According to the federal agency, the survey aims to provide “detailed information on the financial wel...

January 17th, 2019 Economic News

First-time Homebuyers should avoid these 5 Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is a very exciting adventure, but as with any new experience it can be easy to make plenty of mistakes. In order to make a satisfying purchase, try to avoid these 5 big first-timer blunders. 1. Get Pre-Approved before looking for a home If you are truly ready to make a home purchase, start with first things first. Contact USA Mortgage Network, Inc. to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a good idea of how much home you can afford and it will make you a viable buyer when you find the right house. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling in love with...

January 16th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Preapproval, First-time Homebuyers should avoid these 5 Mistakes

Todays Market Report

  Take a look at some of this week's report highlights!   The recent drop in mortgage rates has sparked a jump in applications. Mortgage applications were up 23.5% from the previous week. Just over 10% of agents surveyed by NAR said the shutdown was having an impact on their clients. Gov't and non-gov't employees alike have been affected. More first-time buyers are turning to their parents for help with down payments. A recent HUD report shows 26% of FHA borrowers got assistance from a relative. IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season To Begin Januar...

January 11th, 2019 | loan, mortgage, home, economy, government, government shutdown, rates, Todays Market Report

Interest Rate vs. APR

Interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR)-those are the same thing, right? Unfortunately, too many mortgage buyers don’t realize the answer is no. The interest rate on your mortgage loan is different from the APR and understanding both is important to getting the best deal on your mortgage. Interest Rate The interest rate on a loan is the cost for borrowing the mortgage principal. It is a percentage of the amount and can be either fixed or variable. The interest rate is amortized over the life of the loan and the interest payment is rolled into the monthly mortgage payment. ...

January 9th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Interest Rate vs. APR

The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

Being able to purchase a home is often tied to how much of a down payment you have saved. If you have never bought a house before, you may not understand what a down payment is or why it is so important. Here’s the basics you need to know as you save up for your first home. A down payment is a portion of the purchase price paid up front to your mortgage lender. It is very important to lenders because it shows them you are serious about the purchase and committed to paying off your loan.  How Down Payments Affect Your Mortgage The size of your down payment can affect your mo...

January 2nd, 2019 | VA Loans, FHA Loans, Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment