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In addition to mortgage loans for home purchases, there are also other loans available for various purposes that use the home for collateral.

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Mortgage interest rates are determined by credit history strength, the number of points you pay, the size of your down payment and the type of loan program you choose.

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Obtaining funding is crucial to buying a home. This requires applying for a mortgage, choosing a house that meets the appraisal standards, and determining the amount of the down payment.

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There are dozens of different types of mortgage loan programs. They have been created to suit the varying needs of homebuyers.

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When making a big move, it's essential to find out as much as possible about the schools, the neighborhoods, the housing costs and the community resources.

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What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

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What Lenders Don't Reveal About Home Equity Loans

It is important to understand the truth about home equity loans so that you don't run into future problems. Lenders may not tell you the entire story when you seek to borrow on the equity of your home. Before you consider taking this step, consider the following information about home equity loans. more

3 Warning Signs of Loan Modification Scams

Loan modification has become very popular in recent years with mortgage lenders. It has been used in a variety of different ways to change the existing terms of mortgages that they hold. While sometimes loan modification can be to your advantage, many times it is not. There are many loan modification scams out there that you should be aware of. Here are a few warning signs to watch out for with loan modification. more

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Exisitng-Homes Sales Reach Highest Yearly Level in October

Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the second month in a row, according to the National Association of Realtors, aided by super low interest rates and a stronger economy. Total existing-home sales increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million last month, up from 5.18 million in September and up 2.5 percent from one year ago. Sales have reached their highest pace since September 2013. At the same time, the number of existing-homes on the market fell 2.6 percent from last month to 2.22 million units. At the current sales pace, that represents a 5.1-month supply, the lowest since March. Still compared with October 2013, inventory is up 5.2 percent. The median price rose 5.5 percent from the previous year, increasing to $208,300. That marks 32 straight months of year-over-year price gains. “Sales activity in October reached its highest annual pace of the year as buyers continue to be encouraged by interest rates at lows not seen since last summer, improving levels of inventory and stabilizing price growth,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “Furthermore, the job market has shown continued strength in the past six months. This bodes well for solid demand to close out the year and the likelihood of additional months of year-over-year sales increases.” Mortgage interest rates fell to their lowest levels in more than a year, according to Freddie Mac. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate conventional mortgage dropped to 4.03 percent in October, down from 4.16 percent in September and the lowest average since June 2013. More good news for the housing market: the percentage of distressed home sales fell into single-digit territory in October. Foreclosures and short sales made up just 9 percent of all sales, down from 10 percent in September and down from 14 percent a year earlier. more