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Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

The federal government has aimed to help increase homeownership for decades. One of the Federal Housing Administration’s many programs to help Americans in their homeownership dreams is the Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM). Many homes, especially older ones, could be much more affordable if they were updated to be more energy efficient. The EEM allows borrows to make those updates and save money as new homeowners. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first created the Energy Efficient Mortgage program in 1992 and piloted it in five states. It was extended to al...

July 17th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Government Loans, Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

What is a Loan-to-Value Ratio?

Once you get serious about buying a home or refinancing your current mortgage, you will probably hear the term “loan-to-value ratio” mentioned by your lender. What is this ratio and how does it affect your mortgage? Loan-to-Value Ratio Defined A Loan-to-value ratio, also known as an LTV ratio, is the calculation of how large your mortgage is compared to the value of your property. In order to find your LTV,  divide your loan amount by the appraised value of the property in question. In general, the lower the ratio, the better your mortgage terms and interest rate wi...

July 10th, 2019 | Credit, What is a Loan-to-Value Ratio?

Happy 4th of July

We want to wish you a Happy Fourth of July! It is because of clients like you who believe in this great country and the dream of homeownership that we have reason to celebrate. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776

July 3rd, 2019 | Mortgages, Happy 4th of July

Can I Refinance Without Closing Costs?

Mortgage refinance loans require fees and closing costs. Is there a way around those fees? Is it possible to refinance without paying closing costs? The answer is yes, although the rest of your loan will be affected. The typical fees associated with refinance loans include lender fees and third-party fees. Lenders fees consist of things like origination, processing and underwriting. Some no-cost refinance programs have the lender pay for all these fees but still require the borrower to pay for third party costs. Those are made up of things like appraisals and title and escrow fees. There ar...

June 26th, 2019 | Refinancing a Home, Closing Costs, Can I Refinance Without Closing Costs?

5 Tips for Buying an Investment Property in Connecticut

Adding real estate to your investment portfolio can be a great asset… if done correctly. Buying a property to flip or rent out has different mortgage requirements than a primary residence. There are always hidden costs that need to be anticipated as well. If you are interested in taking on an investment property, here are five tips for making it a successful venture. 1. Determine the Right Property Type and Area Picking the right property is crucial to your success. If you are buying a rental home, you need to decide what type of renters you want to attract. Find out what areas th...

June 19th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, 5 Tips for Buying an Investment Property in Connecticut

How Do I Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance?

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required by lenders when borrowers contribute less than 20% of the home’s value as a down payment. This insurance protects the lender, not the homebuyer. If the loan borrower defaults on the mortgage for any reason, the insurance will reimburse the lender up to 20% of the original loan amount. Homebuyers pay for the PMI premiums, either up front in a lump sum each year or built in to their monthly mortgage payment. While PMI is helpful for allowing borrowers to become homeowners without saving up a full 20%, the premiums do add up over time. The good n...

June 12th, 2019 | Conventional Loans, Mortgage Insurance, How Do I Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance?

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