Category Archives: Mortgage rates

Mortgage Math Made Simple

thodonal/iStock What’s more terrifying than global warming, national economic collapse, or a zombie apocalypse?  For many of us, it’s math—especially the type involved in securing a mortgage to buy a home. But mortgage math doesn’t have to be intimidating. Though a home … Read More

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5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Dec 29, 2016 It’s the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it’s also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for home buyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you … Read More

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Trump win may shake up Bay Area housing market

Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Realtor Joan Kermath of Sotheby’s International Reality, right, speaks with broker Lynn Reid of McGuire Real Estate, during a broker’s open house for a condo in Sausalito, CA Wednesday, November 16, 2016.   … Read More

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How to Shop for Mortgages: The Guide to Finding a Great Home Loan

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Nov 1, 2016 Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save … Read More

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15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage? How to Decide

Original Post By Jamie Wiebe | 4:00 pm ET | August 2, 2016 Banks offer a dizzying array of mortgage options, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how long your home loan will last. In other words, you’ll have … Read More

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‘The Crazy Way I Paid Off My Mortgage Fast’

andresr/iStock Original Post By Jennifer O’Neill | 6:00 am ET | April 27, 2016 The average American homeowner owes $164,217 on his mortgage. That’s a hefty sum, which explains why most of us chip away at paying it back over, oh, 30 years. And yet, certain homeowners pay off … Read More

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The National Housing Conundrum: Is There a Supply or Demand Shortage?

Original Post March 24, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary The biggest obstacle to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers is a lack of homes for sale. Many areas across the country … Read More

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Counties Have State’s Most All-Cash Buyers

Original Post March 21, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Weekly Real Estate News Roundups Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. ONE-QUARTER OF CALIFORNIA HOMEBUYERS PAYING ALL CASH Despite high … Read More

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Do You Understand Your Mortgage’s Fine Print?

Barış Muratoğlu/iStock When shopping for a mortgage, it’s critical to have a general understanding of how points affect your mortgage rate and payments, and ultimately connect to your bottom line. Here are some guides to help you identify your net … Read More

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Learning the Lingo: Mortgages Explained, From ARMs to Points

You’ve found a home you love … only how are you going to pay for it? If you are like most Americans, you’ll need to get a home loan—also known as a mortgage. Paying for a home is a bit more complicated than … Read More

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