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Michael Banner

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6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Home prices have been on the rise for a while now and news stories abound with first-time homeowners being priced out of the market. As breaking into the housing market seems daunting today, some people may ask themselves if reaching for the goal of homeownership is truly worth it. The answer is yes! And here are the top 6 reasons why: Pay Yourself, Not a Landlord One of the most frustrating parts of renting for many people is the feeling that they could be using their monthly rent costs to invest in their own place rather than giving it away to a landlord. When you buy a home, your mo...

October 16th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Mortgage Advice, Purchasing a Home, 6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Can I Refinance with Bad Credit?

Mortgage interest rates have tumbled in recent months, making refinancing more appealing than ever. As of the latest Mortgage Bankers Association survey, refinance request volume is up 180% over last year. There may be some homeowners who would like to take advantage of the interest rate savings but worry they may not qualify because of poor credit. If you are part of this crowd, here are several ways to make refinancing a reality: Learn Your Options Start with an open discussion with a lender. Let them know you do not have the best credit but that you would like to refinance. They have ...

October 9th, 2019 | Credit, Refinancing a Home, Can I Refinance with Bad Credit?

Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

You are selling your home but have already moved into your next place. You might think that an empty home would sell faster than a currently lived-in one. It’s more convenient for tours and it’s easier for buyers to picture their own things in the home, right? Actually, no. The truth is that vacant homes stay on the market longer and sell for less than their furnished counterparts. A recent study from Redfin found that homes that were no longer occupied sold for roughly $11,000 less and took six days more to sell than similar occupied homes. The reasons for the disparity include...

October 2nd, 2019 | Sell, Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

9/11 A Day We Will Never Forget

"As we commemorate the ... anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, it is a time for remembrance, resolve and renewal. We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who died, were injured or lost loved ones. In a special way we recall the selfless first responders—firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and other brave persons—who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others. We also remember how our nati...

September 11th, 2019 | Remember, Never Forget, 9/11 A Day We Will Never Forget

What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

Freddie Mac has announced the creation of a new home renovation loan program called the CHOICERenovation Mortgage.  This product is replacing Freddie Mac’s previous Renovation Mortgage and is very similar to Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation and the FHA’s 203k loan. It offers many benefits to borrowers looking to make updates to their properties. How Does It Work? The CHOICERenovation Mortgage breaks from its predecessor by eliminating the need for Interim Construction Finance and allows borrowers to take out one loan at closing to pay for both the home purchase an...

August 28th, 2019 | Home Renovation Loans, What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

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