The Mortgage Files

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

Understanding Mortgage Rates and Their Impact on Home Buying Power

Understanding Mortgage Rates and Their Impact on Home Buying Power

By Scott Sheldon / May 8, 2024

Navigating the world of real estate financing can often feel like trying to hit a moving target, especially with the constant fluctuations in mortgage rates. Following is how to break down the often complex relationship between mortgage rates and home buying power, helping you understand how these changes can impact your pursuit of the American…

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How to ease lending qualifications when buying a home

How to ease lending qualifications when buying a home

By Scott Sheldon / April 4, 2024

Hey there, fellow dreamer! Are you ready to take the leap into homeownership and turn your dream home fantasies into reality? If you’re anything like me, the prospect of embarking on this journey can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. But fear not, because I’ve been there, and I’m here to share some insights that could…

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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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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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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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2024 Conforming & FHA Loan Limits increased!

2024 Conforming & FHA Loan Limits increased!

By Scott Sheldon / December 10, 2023

Are you considering buying or refinancing a home shortly? If so, you might be interested to know that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Federal Housing Administration have recently announced the new loan limits for 2024. The loan limit represents the maximum residential mortgage loan amount the government will allow in a certain…

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Should you buy a more expensive home?

Should you buy a more expensive home?

By Scott Sheldon / November 12, 2023

For families looking to purchase a home, a mortgage payment, and price of the home can go hand-in-hand decision making. If you find a house that could be a good fit for you and your family, but it seems a bit out of reach. Here are some things you might want to take some consideration…

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How your financial experience might hinder your ability to get a mortgage loa

How your financial experience might hinder your ability to get a mortgage loan

By Scott Sheldon / October 23, 2023

Getting a loan to buy a home is a maze of questions, examinations, along with an array of emotions. Here are some things to consider that might hinder your ability to get a mortgage loan… You have a strong financial situation. Let’s say you’ve got strong income and or revenue within your business, excellent credit, cash…

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