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Is it wise to take on a zero-down mortgage?

Most Minnesota residents want a home of their own. Unfortunately, this life goal is difficult for many people to achieve. Coming up with enough money to make a down payment can be particularly challenging. For many, the solution to this problem is to seek out a mortgage that requires no down payment. Examples of no-down-payment mortgages include Veterans Administration (VA) loans and other government programs.

Getting a mortgage takes more steps than you thought

If you are looking to buy your first home, odds are you do not know how long it's going to take to get a mortgage or how many steps you'll have to take. That's understandable; experience is the best teacher. At the same time, the more you know about the process in advance, the smoother the whole thing will go.

Older Minnesota residents should beware of reverse mortgage scams

What is a reverse mortgage? It is a financial arrangement in which homeowners (usually older people) give up their home's equity in exchange for regular payouts. Older residents in Minnesota may choose a reverse mortgage in order to supplement their retirement income.

What are the different mortgage options in Minnesota?

Purchasing a home is a very complicated and stressful undertaking. The decisions you make during this process will play a role in your life for years to come. As you might expect, this makes it critical to understand the different mortgage options available to you.

Watch out for predatory mortgage lenders

Fortunately, there are many trustworthy mortgage lenders in Minnesota that are ready to help people make a home purchase. These lenders understand that most borrowers take a cautious approach to a new mortgage. They respect a borrower's caution and refrain from applying pressure to make an unwise purchase.

Is a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage a good idea or a bad idea?

When you feel it is time to buy a home, you will face many new decisions revolving around your loan. For the uninitiated, these decisions can be overwhelming as well as confusing. Most Minnesota residents respond to these feelings of confusion in one of two ways. They freeze and decide not to buy a home, or they simply accept the first mortgage loan they encounter.

Mortgage broker and real estate law vocabulary you should know

Whenever you approach a new topic of study – like mortgages and mortgage law – the most important thing to get down first is the "lingo." There are countless vocabulary words related to the mortgage industry, many of which you might not know the definitions. So let's do a brief vocabulary review of a few terms that your mortgage broker and real estate attorney probably know:

What should you do 2 months before listing your home for sale?

If you're ready to sell your home, there are a few steps you'll want to take. Some of these steps involve simple improvements that will help you increase the value of your home as well as the speed at which you'll be able to sell your property. As for the very first things you'll want to take care of, here's what you should do approximately two months before you put your home on the market:

Take care with adjustable rate mortgages

You're excited to purchase your first home, especially because after a long search, you've finally found one you want. You've finally obtained a mortgage you can afford. The problem is, the mortgage is what's called an "adjustable rate" mortgage, i.e., it's a "ballooning mortgage." You can afford the mortgage now, but in a few years, you won't be able to afford it once your monthly payment obligation goes up.

Who is Ginnie Mae?

You've probably heard the word "Ginnie Mae" before in the context of government-assisted affordable housing. You might have even thought "Ginnie" was a real person. In fact, it's an organization that seeks to create affordable housing for millions of Americans who are low- to moderate-income earners. The federal agency works to divert global financial capital toward the housing and real estate markets in the United States.