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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.


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.


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


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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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

3 Factors that Can Negatively Affect Your Mortgage Application

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Mortgage Rates Under 4 Percent for Second Straight Week

Long-term mortgage interest rates remained extremely affordable this week, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, slipping slightly from the previous week and staying under the 4 percent mark for two weeks in a row. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.97 percent, excluding points, during the week ended November 26, 2014, down from 3.99 percent the week before and down from 4.29 percent a year ago. “Mortgage rates were little changed on the week with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declining to 3.97 percent,” commented Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft. “This comes during a week of uplifting economic news heading into the holiday; GDP growth was revised up in the third quarter from 3.5 percent to 3.9 percent, while existing homes sold at a 5.26 million unit pace in October, topping expectations of 5.15 million units.” Other rates showed no movement in the latest week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage was unchanged at 3.17 percent from the previous week, although it was down from 3.30 percent the year before. The one-year adjustable rate mortgage was also unchanged in the past week at 2.44 percent. Compared with last year at this time, the rate was down from 2.60 percent. Historically low rates were not enough to increase mortgage applications during the same week, however. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that its market composite index, a measure of total loan applications, dropped 4.3 percent in the latest week, with refinance requests falling by 4 percent and home purchase applications sinking 5 percent. Refinance requests made up 63 percent of all mortgage activity during the week. Going into a holiday weekend may have held some buyers and refinancers back, with Thanksgiving through Christmas being a traditionally slow period for mortgage applications. more