As a consumer in the real estate industry, an awareness of mortgage scams is crucial to protect yourself from falling victim to them. A mortgage scam is when someone intentionally misrepresents information for their own profit or benefit. There are dozens of different mortgage scams, which can be perpetrated by mortgage lenders, real estate agents,
If you’re in the middle of shopping for a mortgage (or will be soon), you’ll probably come across two companies: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Ring any bells? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are home mortgage companies created by Congress that play an important role in the U.S. mortgage industry. The two federally backed institutions
For many of us, the American economy has felt like a rollercoaster lately. Interest rate hikes have become the new normal, and you can’t seem to escape inflation in stores or on the news. If you’re trying to buy a house, you’re probably wondering how interest rates and inflation will affect your home buying aspirations.
If you take out a mortgage on a home, you might be surprised to receive your first bill from a bank you’ve never worked with before. You can thank the secondary mortgage market for that. When you take out a home loan, your lender can sell the loan – and the rights to collect payments
For many of us, buying a home is the pinnacle of adulting. There’s just something about owning property that makes most of us feel accomplished – and with good reason! It takes time, effort and preparation to finally get those keys in our hands. And speaking of preparation, one essential step to owning a home
There’s a transition most young adults must face at some point in their lives: moving out of their parents’ home. And while you may end up back there for a stretch – if you fall on hard times or for another reason – it’s still generally not a great long-term arrangement. You may be wondering