Should you pay extra on your mortgage?

You’ve probably dreamed of the day when you finally send in your last mortgage check and own your home free and clear.

Paying a little extra every month on your home loan is a way to make that dream a reality faster than you thought, and with today’s historically low savings rates, it could make more sense than ever.

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HUD Kicks Off National Homeownership Month 2018

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Thursday
May 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – June begins National Homeownership Month, a time of year when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and others mark the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families, local neighborhoods and to the nation’s economic health. This year’s theme is National Homeownership Month 2018: Find Your Place.

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Interested in Purchasing a Home?

Given the large upfront costs associated with purchasing a home, most young people begin renting an apartment which is the first step in independency. As they build careers, save money, and start families, many choose to buy a home and take that next step to building wealth. Homeownership establishes a stable environment for families; especially children and creates community involvement that reduces crime, blithe, and depreciation.  Debt Management Credit Counseling (“DMCC”) offers homebuyer education workshops and one on one counseling for future home buyers.

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What the New Federal Reserve Interest Rates Mean for the Housing Market

Last December, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. While the Fed’s actions impact short-term rates, if you are in the market for a home, you may be wondering about the impact on mortgage rates, inventory and affordability.

You may be surprised (and pleased) to learn that the answer is: not much. The impact on home prices is expected to be very minimal, and interest rates are still much lower than average rates in past decades — which could make 2016 a good year for buying. In fact, a nominal rate increase translates to a very manageable cost. For example, an increase of 25 basis points on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan of $250,000 raises the monthly mortgage payment by only $35.

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New Mortgage Disclosures

As of October 3, 2015, anyone purchasing property will get easier-to-understand disclosure papers for their mortgage.

Gone are the Good Faith Estimate, HUD-1 settlement statement, and 2 Truth in Lending Act disclosures. Those 4 documents are replaced by 2: the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure.

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Saving On Your Homeowners Insurance

As with any insurance purchase, it is important to evaluate coverage and research your options to find the best coverage for your dollar. Here are some tips from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to help you save money on your homeowners insurance.

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