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Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a home or refinancing usually involves taking out the biggest loan of your life. It's important to make sure you understand everything that goes into that mortgage and what will be required of you as a borrower. Here are the most essential questions to ask your lender before you sign on the dotted line. What types of mortgage loans are available? There are dozens of mortgage types out there: conventional or government-backed (FHA, VA, and USDA), fixed-rate or adjustable-rate, jumbo, reverse, etc. Ask your lender to explain your options and which ones would be a good fit for ...

December 16th, 2020 | Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

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Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

With interest rates near all-time lows, now is a perfect time to get a good deal on a mortgage. Of course, every refinance or home purchase loan has borrower requirements to be met, including a decent credit score. How do you know if your credit score is good enough for a mortgage? What is a credit score? A credit score is a measure of your ability to handle financial debt responsibilities. It takes into account things like how often you have made payments on time, how large your total debt balance is, how many new credit accounts you have opened lately, what types of credit you have, an...

December 2nd, 2020 Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

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Happy Thanksgiving

2020 has been a crazy year for all of us, but as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year we'd like you to know how much you mean to us. Thank you for your continued support of our business; it’s always a pleasure to help you and your family with your mortgage financing needs. All of us at Greater Texas Mortgage would like to wish you a safe, Covid-Free and Happy Thanksgiving. We sincerely hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with great food, great people and great memories. All the Best, Greater Texas Mortgage

November 25th, 2020 Happy Thanksgiving

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How the Eviction Moratorium Affects Landlords and Their Mortgages

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government declared a six-month moratorium on all rental evictions, in an effort to prevent mass homelessness as millions lost their jobs. That moratorium has since been renewed by the Trump Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and will now last until the end of 2020. The new ban on evictions apply to people with incomes of $99,000 or less and who attest to not being able to afford their rent. Roughly 40 million Americans will be covered under this new housing payment halt. While that news obviously provides renters wit...

November 18th, 2020 How the Eviction Moratorium Affects Landlords and Their Mortgages

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage with My 401(k)?

The COVID-19 crisis has left millions of Americans unemployed and uncertain of how to make their mortgage payments and other debt obligations. In response to the need for emergency funds, the government created the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provided stimulus checks and better unemployment benefits. It also included provisions that allow people to borrow more money from their retirement accounts while waiving penalty fees for early withdrawal. For many, this might seem like a great way to pay off their mortgage now and reduce their debt load. However, ever...

November 4th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Pay Off My Mortgage with My 401(k)?

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Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?

In today’s unpredictable COVID-19 employment environment, many Americans are feeling an economic pinch. Those who have student loans received temporary relief with the government CARES Act, but when that ends, some borrowers may be wondering how they are going to make their payments again. For homeowners, it may be possible to get a refinance loan to pay off all the student loan debt. But is this a smart solution? Pros of Paying off Student Loans with Refinance Money By taking out a refinance mortgage to pay off student loans, borrowers can consolidate their debts into one payment....

October 21st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Pay Off Student Loans with a Home Refinance?