Shopping for a Mortgage

5 questions to ask when shopping for a mortgage

Shopping for a mortgage(BPT) – Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a lender when shopping for a mortgage that will help you make an informed mortgage decision:

* How much can I afford? A home affordability calculator can help you get an idea of what you may be able to afford and keep your monthly payments within your budget. In addition to recurring expenses like car payments, student loans, credit cards and disposable income, be sure to consider other monthly expenses related to the new home, like association fees, homeowners’ insurance, utilities and property taxes. Further, some types of mortgages have firm eligibility cutoffs related to the ratio between a buyer’s total debt amounts and their monthly income.

* How much do I need for a down payment? It’s a common misconception that a View full post…

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Personal Finance Tips

Americans Get Wiser With Personal Finance – Post Recession – Tips to Overcome Odds

Personal finance tipsNeedless to say, the global recession has left a lasting impact on everyone’s life. While some have lost their jobs, others have gone through salary cuts. Overall production throughout the country; investment expenditures; income; corporate profits; all have dropped to excessive low levels. Therefore it will take considerable time for this country to recover in the post-recession period.

Even if another recession should occur, there are some steps that you can take to minimize the impact. If you want to ensure that you won’t be facing undue hardship in the next recession, you may want to seriously consider the following five tips. They are personal finance tips and we encourage you to follow them carefully. View full post…

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