Your Mortgage Statements May Be Changing

Our mortgage statements might soon be changing because of a recent proposal by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The mission of CFPB is to ensure consumers receive the appropriate information so they can fully understand their agreements with financial companies. In an effort to fulfill their mission, the CFPB is proposing that our mortgage statements […]

Published or Updated: March 5, 2012

Where and How to Refinance an ARM into a Fixed Rate Mortgage

Welcome to our week-long series on refinancing your mortgage. In this last of five articles, we look at when and how you should refinance from an adjustable rate mortgage into a fixed rate loan. Adjustable rate mortgages are a two-edged sword. You get an initial mortgage rate lower than what you’d find on a fixed […]

Published or Updated: February 16, 2012

7 Obstacles to Refinancing Your Mortgage (And How to Overcome Them)

Welcome to our week-long series on refinancing your mortgage. In this fourth of five articles, we look at some obstacles to refinancing and how to overcome them. With current mortgage rates at historic lows, refinancing your home loan can be a really easy way to save a bundle of money. Unfortunately, there are a number […]

Published or Updated: February 16, 2012

FHA Streamline Refinance

Welcome to our week-long series on refinancing your mortgage. In this third of five articles, we look at the FHA Streamline Refinance program. Yesterday we looked at the Home Affordable Refinance Program. Called HARP, this program helps homeowners who have an underwater mortgage lower their interest rates. But it only applies if your mortgage is […]

Published or Updated: February 16, 2012

Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) Revamped

Welcome to our week-long series on refinancing your mortgage. In this second of five articles, we look at the Home Affordable Refinance Program, better known as HARP. As the real estate market hit bottom, it created a significant hurdle to refinancing–home values. Many homeowners owe more to the bank than the value of their home. […]

Published or Updated: April 13, 2016

When to Refinance Your Mortgage

Welcome to our week-long series on refinancing your mortgage. In this first of five articles, we look at when you should refinance. As I mentioned yesterday, my wife and I just closed on the refinancing our mortgage. We purchased our current home in 2004 and obtained a 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 5.625%. We are […]

Published or Updated: April 13, 2016

A Guide to Refinancing Your Mortgage

I‘ve been in the middle of a refinancing frenzy. Last week my wife and I closed on a second refi in under 12 months on our home. We brought our rate down from 5.625% to 3.875% on a 30-year fixed. And my business partner and I are in the middle of refinancing three rental properties. […]

Published or Updated: April 2, 2013

Just Locked In a 3.75% Fixed Rate 30-Year Mortgage

My wife and I refinanced our mortgage earlier this year. We had a 30-year fixed rate loan at 5.625%. We refinanced with no points to a 30-year fixed rate at 4.875%. I was convinced at the time that we would never refi our mortgage again. Boy was I wrong. In fact, just last week we […]

Published or Updated: January 29, 2012

How To Lower the Closing Costs on a Home Purchase or Refinance

If you’re new to the home buying process, you may be a little surprised at the fees and costs you pay over and above the cost of the home. Unbeknownst to ill-prepared home-buyers, there’s actually a good amount of money that will be due when you’ve finally “closed” on the home. These fees are aptly […]

Published or Updated: August 21, 2011

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