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How long should my mortgage term be?

April 23, 2014

You can get a mortgage with a term of anywhere from six months to 10 years. Remember: the shorter the term, the lower the interest rate. A short-term mortgage might be the (more...)

What are the monthly costs of owning a home?

March 27, 2013

Some costs—like property taxes—aren’t billed monthly, so you’ll have to do some calculations to break them down into monthly costs. Mortgage payments Probably your biggest monthly expense. The actual amount depends on (more...)

How can I pay off my mortgage faster?

March 27, 2013

You can make accelerated payments. You can make principal prepayments. You can make double-up payments. You can choose a shorter amortization at renewal.

What are the other costs of buying a house?

March 27, 2013

Once you’ve settled on your down payment, you still need to handle: Closing costs: these include items like a professional home inspection, legal fees, closing and adjustment costs, interest adjustment costs between (more...)

Can I get a mortgage to buy and renovate a house?

March 27, 2013

Yes, under certain conditions. This means you don’t need to get a separate loan for renovations. If the improvements are cosmetic (i.e. replacing kitchen cabinets, refinishing hardwood, etc.), your mortgage loan insurance (more...)

What is mortgage loan insurance?

March 27, 2013

If you need a mortgage for more than 80% of the purchase price of your home (i.e. a high-ratio mortgage), you’re required by law to have this insurance, aka mortgage default insurance. (more...)

What does pre-approval mean?

March 27, 2013

It means you’ve got a guaranteed interest rate from a lender for a specified period of time (usually 60 to 120 days) on a specified amount of money. It’s not a guarantee (more...)

How much can I afford to pay for a house?

March 27, 2013

YOU NEED TO FIGURE OUT THREE THINGS: Your gross monthly income: the combined monthly salary and any other income—from investments, etc.—before taxes and deductions, of all people buying the property. Your monthly (more...)