RESEARCH & LEARN

Mortgage Library


Check Local Mortgage Rates

Today's Average 4.24%
Mortgage Newsletter

Featured Article

Applying for a Mortgage after a Bankruptcy

Qualifying for a home mortgage with a bankruptcy on your credit history requires time and money. Yet by understanding the requirements to get a mortgage after a bankruptcy and by carefully rebuilding your credit standing, you can apply for a loan and buy a home. 
Your Credit Score
The three main U.S. credit bureaus--Equifax, Experian and TransUnion--maintain your credit history. Using that history, plus its own proprietary equation, the Fair Isaac Corp. calculates your FICO credit score somewhere between 850 and 300 points. Anything above 700 points is good to excellent, with... more

Learn More About...

Mortgages

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

Rates

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.

Home Buying

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.

Loans

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

Moving

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.

MORE MORTGAGE ARTICLES

What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

Traditional mortgage down payments have always been 10 to 25 percent of the total purchase price of the property. more

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

How to Get Approved for an FHA Loan despite Bad Credit

FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans are very flexible, and you may qualify for an FHA loan with bad credit. more

The Mortgage101 Blog

FROM THE MORTGAGE101 BLOG

Existing Home Sales Dip in August

Breaking a four-month streak of increases, existing U.S. home sales reversed course in August, according to the National Association of Realtors, even as mortgage interest rates and total inventory fell. Sales of existing homes, including single family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops, fell 1.8 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.05 million, down from July’s 5.14 million rate. Compared with August 2013, sales are down 5.3 percent from the 5.33 million level. “There was a marked decline in all-cash sales from investors,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun in a statement. “On the positive side, first-time buyers have a better chance of purchasing a home now that bidding wars are receding and supply constraints have significantly eased in many parts of the country.” Housing inventory dropped 1.7 percent to 2.31 million existing homes for sale, a 5.5-month supply at the current sales rate. And although inventory declined in August, the number of homes for sale was still up 4.5 percent from last year where there were only2.21 million available properties. Home prices fell for the second month in a row, declining to a median price of $219,800, down from July’s $221,600, but the median is 4.8 percent above the year before. August is the 30th straight month of year-over-year price increases. All-cash sales (typically made by investors) fell to 23 percent of all sales in August, down from 29 percent in July and falling to the lowest percentage since December 2009. Meanwhile, Freddie Mac reported that the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased to 4.12 percent from 4.13 percent in July. Rates have jumped slightly since August, but probably not enough to have a significant effect on September home sales. more