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What is a Mortgage Escrow Account and Why is it Needed?

When you buy a home using a mortgage, an escrow account is usually set up by your lender in order to help manage your property tax and insurance costs. Rather than having to save up and pay these bills separately, part of your mortgage payment is deposited into the escrow account every month. When your insurance premiums and taxes are due, they can be paid via the escrow account. Normally, your lender will use the funds in the escrow account to pay these bills on your behalf. Escrow Shortages It’s not uncommon for property taxes and insurance premiums to change over time,

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What does it take to buy a home, anyway?

We all need a place to call home, and at some point in our lives, most of us are bound to need a mortgage to make that happen. In honor of National Mortgage Professionals Month, I wanted to acquaint you with the people and processes that help make homeownership happen for millions of people just like you. Let’s meet the team behind the curtain and take a look at the major steps that are involved along the way!   Other Key Players Honorable Mentions: Inspector, Appraiser, Title Company, Attorney (if applicable) Our relationship doesn’t end after the transaction. My goal

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Credit for Getting a Mortgage

Your credit report plays a major role in your ability to qualify for a mortgage. While most lenders like to see scores in the 700-range, it is still possible to qualify for a home loan with lower scores. However, those loans may come with higher interest rates. To ensure you’re able to qualify for the best loan at the best rate, it’s essential to take your credit seriously. In today’s post, we’ll discuss 5 ways you can prepare your credit for getting a mortgage. 1.) Review Your Credit Report At least six months before you plan to apply for a

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