Blog

Blog Image: Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

There is a new trend catching on among younger urban residents: renting in the city and buying a vacation home as their first house purchase. This unconventional approach to first-time homebuying is one way for these buyers to achieve homeownership and all its benefits when they are priced out of their own market.  Real estate prices in most major U.S. cities are rising so high that it is virtually impossible for young professionals to start their home-owning journey within city limits. The creative solution of buying a vacation home while renting a primary residence in the city allows...

February 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

Blog Image: 3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

When you take out a mortgage loan, your lender puts a lot of trust in you to repay the loan. Lenders can do this because they do thorough financial background checks on borrowers before agreeing to lend money. Your interest rate will be based on how credit-worthy you are based on those checks. Examining bank statements is one of the ways lenders check for eligibility.  If you want to have better odds of being approved for a mortgage, before you apply, make sure that your bank accounts do not include these three things in the last two months of statements: 1. Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) c...

January 1st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Preapproval, Credit, Purchasing a Home, 3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

Blog Image: What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

You think you understand how much your mortgage payment is going to be and then your first bill comes. There seems to be more included in your payment than you expected. What are all the fees in your monthly mortgage bill? Mortgage Principal Your mortgage principal is the base amount of money you needed to borrow to buy a home. For example, if you are buying a $200,000 home and you put down $20,000, your principal is $160,000. Almost all home loans are amortized, meaning they are structured so that the amount of principal you repay each month starts out small and increases over time. Dur...

December 18th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

Blog Image: 6 Tips to Get a Rock-Bottom Home Loan Payment

6 Tips to Get a Rock-Bottom Home Loan Payment

Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, especially if it is your first time.  It can be easy to get swept along in the process without stopping to make sure you are getting the best deal on your mortgage payment. There are at least six ways to ensure that at the end of the homebuying adventure you end up with the absolute possible lowest home loan payment. Negotiate for the Lowest Interest Rate Once you have been approved for a mortgage, you will be offered a mortgage interest rate by your lender. That rate can sometimes be negotiated. Your lender may suggest ways you could ...

December 11th, 2019 | Mortgage Advice, Purchasing a Home, 6 Tips to Get a Rock-Bottom Home Loan Payment

Blog Image: How to Make the Most of a Home Inspection Before You Buy

How to Make the Most of a Home Inspection Before You Buy

Once you’ve put an offer on a home, the excitement sets in and you can’t wait to close. But there are some important things that need to take place before that day, namely a home inspection. You cannot see all a home’s issues from a walk-through. You need a professional to dig deep by checking all the inner workings. In fact, a home inspection is typically required by your mortgage lender so that you do not end up with major repairs after the loan closes that might compromise your financial situation. Here’s how you can make the most of your home inspection: Find a T...

November 27th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Mortgage Advice, How to Make the Most of a Home Inspection Before You Buy

Blog Image: 6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Forgoing an Agent Some homebuyers think they can navigate the buying waters alone, but as complex as the real estate market is today, that strategy is risky. One of your first steps should be to find a trusted real estate professional who will represent your interests. An agent’s experience can give you valuable insights into things like which neighborhoods are good and bad, or how to craft an attractive offer for sellers. Even if you are buying a new home from a builder, a real estate agent could help you make sure you are getting the best deal and terms.   Overlooking Mor...

November 6th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, 6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next >

Norstar Mortgage Services Inc. (NMLS# 137481)
2066 Big Rd, Gilbertsville,
Pennsylvania 19525
Phone: 215-661-1660
Fax: 267-654-1401
Email: Dan@norstarmortgage.com

footer image