Taxes. No one likes them but everyone pays them. And the beginning of a new year means it’s time once again to gather documents and receipts in preparation for the April tax filing deadline! For homeowners this means being prepared with some specific documents in addition to the usual tax statements from employers, banks and stockbrokers. Keep an eye out for the items below in your mailbox (or email inbox if you opted for electronic statements) and set them aside for your tax preparer! Read More “Paperwork Homeowners Need To Prepare For Tax Time”
A credit score is an unavoidable part of financial life. This three-digit number derived from information on your credit report directly impacts your ability to borrow money or access credit. It is one of the indicators used by lenders to assess how likely you are to repay debts in a timely manner. This score also affects how much you’ll pay to borrow money. The more you know about your credit score and what affects it, the easier it will be for you to protect your credit from negative impacts. Read More “What You Need to Know About Credit Inquiries and Your Credit Score”
In the wake of the recent catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires that have ravaged parts of our country, the President declared several Major Disaster Areas. This designation brings with it a commitment of federal aid to assist in recovery. A list of these areas can be found at www.fema.gov/disasters. What does this mean for people who are paying a mortgage on a property or running a business in a Major Disaster area? What about people employed in one of these areas? Depending upon what type of mortgage you have and which government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) owns or guarantees your mortgage, you may be eligible for various types of relief to help ease the financial burdens of disaster recovery. Read More “Disaster Relief Options for Mortgages”
What is your favorite escape? A coastal retreat. A rustic mountain hideaway. A loft with a city view. Whatever you prefer, a vacation home can be a lifestyle upgrade that provides a respite from the daily grind. As an investment property, that second home may also help achieve your financial goals and plan for the future. But, how do you figure out if owning a second home is even in the realm of possibility? Answering these three questions below will help you put forth a plan to make your home away from home a reality. Read More “3 Questions to Answer Before Buying a Second Home”
The term “Non-Qualifying Mortgage” or Non-QM can sound intimidating. At its most basic level, a Non-QM loan is a loan that does not meet the standards set forth in regulatory reform imposed after the 2008 housing crisis. Below we take a closer look at what this really means in terms of risks and benefits for both consumers and lenders.