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Can One Missed Mortgage Payment Affect Your Credit Rating? Yes!...

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CU Mortgage - 07/24/14 - 6 days ago

Most people don’t know whether or not a single missed mortgage payment can have serious consequences for their credit score. The good news is that there are things that can be done to mitigate the damage and help anyone who has missed a payment repair their credit. What are some options to...

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Is Now the Time to Consider a 15-Year Mortgage? Five Reasons to Give the...

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CU Mortgage - 07/23/14 - 7 days ago

A 15-year fixed mortgage is, as its name suggests, a mortgage that’s paid off after 15 years. Since it amortizes fully, after that amount of time you won’t have to pay anything else. This type of mortgage has a lot of benefits, and below we’ll share just a few of them. 1) No Need...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 21, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 07/21/14 - 9 days ago

Last week’s economic news offered a variety of indications that the economic recovery continues, but some readings missed their expected levels. The Philadelphia and New York branches of the Federal Reserve Bank reported higher than anticipated manufacturing for their respective regions and...

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Buying a House or Condo? Why the Home Inspection Process is One You...

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CU Mortgage - 07/18/14 - 12 days ago

Once you have found that perfect home with the right price and every little feature you were hoping for, it’s important to keep in mind that the home has been presented in a way that accentuates its highlights and shadows any flaws. For this reason, it is crucial that you get a home...

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An Insider’s Guide to Reducing Your Remaining Mortgage Years Through ...

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CU Mortgage - 07/17/14 - 13 days ago

Is it always the best idea to pay off a mortgage over 30 years? While it may help a homeowner lower his or her monthly payment, it can mean paying more in interest and waiting several more years to build sufficient equity in the home. The question is…how can a homeowner reduce the amount of...

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Three Ways That Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage (and Your Chance...

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CU Mortgage - 07/15/14 - 15 days ago

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’ve probably been thinking a lot about your credit score as well. Credit scores control so much of what we do in the world of finances, but what does your credit score really have to do with your mortgage? Here are three ways that your credit...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 14, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 07/14/14 - 16 days ago

Last week brought news from the Fed as two Federal Reserve Bank Presidents made speeches and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Fed released the minutes of its last meeting. The minutes reveal the Fed’s intention to wrap up its bond-buying program in October with a final purchase ...

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Feng Shui 101: How This Ancient Art Can Help Improve Your Home Staging

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CU Mortgage - 07/11/14 - 19 days ago

It is a buyer’s market, making home selling a challenge that can range from relatively simple to downright frustrating. Boosting ones’ chances of selling their home can be done in a number of ways. One simple way is to utilize the art of Feng Shui – an ancient Chinese art, used to ...

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Nearing Retirement? Three Reasons Why You Might Consider a ‘Reverse...

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CU Mortgage - 07/10/14 - 20 days ago

If you are nearing retirement, a reverse mortgage might be right for you. This type of mortgage essentially allows you to turn your home equity into cash. If you find yourself with little money, a reverse mortgage could be the perfect solution, and here’s why. No Worries About Monthly...

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Mortgage Budgeting 101: How to Determine What You Can and Can’t...

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CU Mortgage - 07/08/14 - 22 days ago

When taking on a new mortgage, it is important to know that you can afford to carry the debt load involved, as many people find themselves in financial trouble by spending more on real estate than they can comfortably maintain. Your mortgage budget can be calculated to determine just how much you...

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Buying or Selling, Here Are Three Traits You’ll Want in Your Real...

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CU Mortgage - 07/03/14 - 27 days ago

For both buyers and sellers, choosing the right real estate agent is an important and difficult decision, but making the right selection is critical. Consider the following essential characteristics for a real estate agent before signing a contract: Experience An agent must understand the real...

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Giving and Getting: Why the Terms of a Home’s Sale Are Far More...

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CU Mortgage - 07/02/14 - 28 days ago

One of the most significant factors home buyers and sellers focus on when buying real estate is the negotiated sales price in the purchase contract. While the sales price is undeniably important, the reality is that other terms in the sales contract may have more far-reaching and significant...

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Understanding the ‘Qualified Mortgage’ or QM and Why...

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CU Mortgage - 07/01/14 - 29 days ago

Are you shopping for a home or a new mortgage? If you are interested in finding the best possible financial product, it is important to consider the benefits of selecting a Qualified Mortgage. With so many different types of loan products to choose from and financial terms to learn, schooling...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 30, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 06/30/14 - 30 days ago

Last week brought several economic and housing sector reports including Existing Home Sales, Case-Shiller and FHFA home prices for April, as well as New Home Sales. Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rates survey and the weekly report on new jobless claims were released on Thursday, and Consumer...

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A Guide to Selecting a Home and Property That Will Suit Your Growing Family

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CU Mortgage - 06/27/14 - 33 days ago

Both seasoned homeowners and first-time buyers know making the decision to purchase a new home is not one that is taken lightly. There are so many things to consider, from choosing a home with growth potential to finding a community to support a family’s interests and lifestyle. While the...

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in April

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CU Mortgage - 06/26/14 - 34 days ago

The S&P Case-Shiller Index for April shows that while home prices continue to grow, they are doing so at a slower pace as compared to April 2013. The Case-Shiller 20 city index reports that home prices expanded at a year-over-year annual rate of 10.80 percent as compared to 12.40 percent in April...

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The FHA Hawk Program for New Homebuyers is Coming: Here’s How It...

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CU Mortgage - 06/24/14 - 36 days ago

The FHA offers many new programs and incentives for new homebuyers to take advantage of so that they can be part of the effort to ease the credit crisis. If you are in the process of shopping for a mortgage prior to shopping for your new home, it can benefit you to learn about programs that you may ...

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Dos And Donts Of Buying Distressed Real Estate

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CU Mortgage - 06/20/14 - 40 days ago

Distressed real estate is real estate in need of serious repairs. These properties are often called “handyman specials.” If you have the skill or the money to complete the repairs, you can often find great deals. Here are some dos and don’ts of buying distressed real estate. DO...

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Should You Finance The Sale Of Your Home By Yourself?

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CU Mortgage - 06/18/14 - 42 days ago

You’ve decided to put your home up for sale. Now, how are you going to make the most money selling it and get it sold the fastest? Perhaps you should consider providing owner financing, also known as seller financing.

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What To Do When Your Real Estate Loan Is Declined

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CU Mortgage - 06/17/14 - 43 days ago

There are many reasons why a mortgage loan could be declined. It doesn’t have to be the end of your real estate dreams. Here are a few things to consider if you’ve been turned down for a mortgage. Loan-To-Value Ratio The loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is the percentage of the appraised value ...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 16, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 06/16/14 - 44 days ago

Last week’s economic news was quiet in the housing sector, but retail sales and employment-related reports provided indications of less consumer spending and reduced consumer confidence. On Monday, James Bullard, St. Louis Fed President, commented that inflation appears to be rising. Although ...

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DIY Or Hire It Done, Renovating Real Estate Investment Properties

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CU Mortgage - 06/13/14 - 47 days ago

Sometimes, when buying – or even thinking about buying real estate for investment purposes, you’re faced with the need to fix up the property.

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What Are The Closing Costs Of Real Estate?

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CU Mortgage - 06/13/14 - 47 days ago

You’ve found the perfect property and a great mortgage loan with the best interest rate you can find. What’s next in the home buying experience? Signing the contracts and paying the closing costs. But what exactly are closing costs? Here Is A List Of The Most Common Closing...

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How To Build The Ultimate Tree House For Your Children In Just Seven Steps

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CU Mortgage - 06/12/14 - 48 days ago

Building a tree house is a time honored tradition for many families. One of the benefits of having a yard is the ability to build a tree fort for your children. If you’re planning to build a fun fort for your kids, here are seven steps to help you create the ultimate tree house. The Ultimate...

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4 Tips To Lower Homeowners Insurance For Your Home

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CU Mortgage - 06/11/14 - 49 days ago

With the prices for everything skyrocketing these days, every penny counts. This includes your homeowner’s insurance costs. If you’re thinking of buying a home and need homeowner’s insurance, here are a few tips on getting quality insurance for a fair price: Tip #1: Shop...

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Understanding Your Credit Score And How It Impacts Your Home Ownership...

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CU Mortgage - 06/10/14 - 50 days ago

Understanding your credit score and how it impacts your home ownership prospects your credit score is an important part of your financial profile. It has a direct impact on your ability to take out loans. The score itself is a numerical reflection of your credit history. It gives lenders a way to...

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 9, 2014

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CU Mortgage - 06/09/14 - 51 days ago

Last week’s economic news was mixed. Construction spending grew, but fell below the expected level. CoreLogic reported that April home prices continued to rise, but did so at their slowest growth rate in more than a year. Employment reports for private sector and government jobs indicated...

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Which Type Of Pool Is Right For You? We Look At The Best Designs For Your...

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CU Mortgage - 06/06/14 - 54 days ago

The decision to install a pool is generally one that is applauded by at least certain members of the family. Whether you have children or not, however, having a pool at home is certainly something you can enjoy for yourself. But what if you don’t think your yard is particularly suited to a...

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How Pre-Qualifying Helps You Find the Right Home

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CU Mortgage - 06/05/14 - 55 days ago

Too often, home buyers are disappointed when they find their dream home only to discover they are not able to get a mortgage to purchase the property. There are methods that potential buyers can use to ensure this does not happen to them. One of these options is to ensure you obtain a...

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Thinking About Buying An Investment Property? 6 Tips To Ensure You...

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CU Mortgage - 06/04/14 - 56 days ago

Purchasing an investment property is one of the most important decisions that you’ll ever be a part of. As such, it’s a necessity to make your decisions with only the most careful of consideration. Here are the six tips that you need to heed in order to ensure that you don’t get...

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