The Mortgage Files

Nationally syndicated mortgage news and advice from Senior Loan Officer Scott Sheldon.

Why Refinancing Today Trumps Waiting for Lower Rates Tomorrow

Why Refinancing Today Trumps Waiting for Lower Rates Tomorrow

By Scott Sheldon / February 16, 2024

In the dynamic world of mortgage rates, the decision to refinance is often met with the lingering question of whether it’s worth waiting for even lower rates. The answer, especially if your interest rate is currently 7% or higher, is a resounding no. Here’s why taking advantage of today’s average 30-year fixed mortgage rates, ranging…

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How to use your FHA mortgage to sell your home for more

How to use your FHA mortgage to sell your home for more

By Scott Sheldon / February 11, 2024

If you have an FHA mortgage on your home and are planning to sell, you can take advantage of the fact that the loan is assumable. This means that the buyer of your property can take over your existing loan, which can help you get a higher price for your home… Here’s how it works:…

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Why you should wait for your credit to improve before applying for a mortgage

Why you should wait for your credit to improve before applying for a mortgage

By Scott Sheldon / February 4, 2024

In the current consumer landscape, securing approval for a mortgage is a significant challenge. It’s widely acknowledged that applying for and obtaining a loan can be a bit tricky, considering factors like documentable income, credit history, and available cash. Your financial health, including payments and potential skeletons in the closet, all play crucial roles in…

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How to determine which mortgage loan program is best based on your credit score

How to determine which mortgage loan program is best based on your credit score

By Scott Sheldon / January 28, 2024

Choosing the right mortgage is crucial when you’re looking to finance your dream home. Two popular options are FHA loans and conventional loans, each with its own set of guidelines and requirements. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between FHA and conventional loans, focusing on credit scores and how recent updates in…

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5 practical ways to increase your purchasing power when buying a home

Here is a quick formula for determining how much income you need to buy a home

By Scott Sheldon / January 19, 2024

Buying a home is a big financial decision, and affordability is the number one factor to consider. To determine how much home you can afford based on your income, you can use a simple formula… First, take your annual income gross pre-tax and multiply it by five. For example, if your annual income is $100,000,…

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Why Refinancing Today Trumps Waiting for Lower Rates Tomorrow

Do future Fed cuts mean lower mortgage rates?

By Scott Sheldon / January 11, 2024

When the Federal Reserve Bank increases or cuts the Fed funds rate, many people believe that it automatically makes mortgage rates go up or down. However, it’s not that simple. The relationship between the Fed’s actions on monetary policy and mortgage rates is a little more complex than that. When the Fed is increasing interest…

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Unlocking Dreams: A Festive Dip in Interest Rates

Building or Buying a Home with Little or No Down Payment: What to Consider

By Scott Sheldon / January 7, 2024

Title: Building or Buying a Home with Little or No Down Payment: What to Consider Are you dreaming of owning a home, but have little or no cash for a down payment? If you’re in this situation, you might be wondering whether building or buying a home is the right option for you. Both scenarios…

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How buying a condo may carry the same mortgage payment as a single family home

How buying a condo may carry the same mortgage payment as a single family home

By Scott Sheldon / December 30, 2023

If you’re debating between purchasing a condominium unit versus a single-family home, there are several factors to consider. You’ll want to evaluate the monthly mortgage payment, market conditions, and whether you can handle the mortgage payment affordably. Typically, condominium units are less expensive than single-family homes, sometimes by as much as $100,000 or more. However,…

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