The Mortgage Files

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

Should you cash out refinance or take out a home equity line of credit?

Should you cash out refinance or take out a home equity line of credit?

By Scott Sheldon / August 6, 2023

So you have a situation in which you need to access cash. You have a first mortgage at 3%, lots of equity in your home and you want to cash out refinance in order to do a new improvement. What’s the best way to access that money?.. The reality of it is you pretty much…

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Why the current mortgage dilemma is a bigger problem than most think!

Why the current mortgage dilemma is a bigger problem than most think!

By Scott Sheldon / July 9, 2023

If you have a really low mortgage rate on your home right now, but you want to buy another home, there needs to be some sort of justification, for giving up the historic, low-interest rate to go into a higher-priced mortgage,  here are some things consumers have to weigh out as a relates to making…

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How your interest free consumer debt may be keeping you from buying a home

How your interest free consumer debt may be keeping you from buying a home

By Scott Sheldon / April 14, 2023

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home and you’re carrying any consumer debt, such as installment loans, personal loans, or even low-rate credit cards. These things could adversely affect your ability to purchase a home. If you carry any of these obligations and you are desiring to buy a home the following information is for…

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How earning more income affects your ability to buy a home.

How earning more income affects your ability to buy a home

By Scott Sheldon / April 3, 2023

If you’re thinking about purchasing a house, it’s not just your credit score and your down payment that counts, it’s also your income, as your income drives affordability. How much income you generate is going to determine whether you’re able to buy a home. Here are some things to know about income when buying a…

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interest rate to refinance my mortgage

What’s the magic interest rate to refinance your mortgage?

By Scott Sheldon / February 5, 2023

For consumers who purchased their homes or took out any kind of residential mortgage loan in 2022 the future prospect of refinancing can seem very attractive. Here are some things you might want to consider as to finding what mortgage rate is generally the best to justify moving forward on a refinance when rates drop……

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How to avoid getting a jumbo loan due to Coronavirus

New Mortgage Loan Limits for 2023

By Scott Sheldon / December 4, 2022

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Tuesday, November 29th the new loan limits for 2023. The new conforming loan limit has increased and has been year over year 7 years in a row. If you’re thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home in 2023 here is what you need to know… The loan limit…

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Should you buy a house or wait for the market to improve?

Should you buy a house or wait for the market to improve?

By Scott Sheldon / July 31, 2022

One of the biggest challenges is trying to pinpoint the right time to buy a home. Interest rates are in flux and housing prices are high in most markets. So, how do you decide when to pull the trigger for the big-ticket purchase? The first is to focus on the things that you can control.…

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Two ways to get your purchase offer accepted

Two ways to get your purchase offer accepted

By Scott Sheldon / June 5, 2022

Everyone knows buying a house right now is challenging. Across the nation is a competitive real estate market brought on by an exceptionally low supply on a national level. As a result, in most markets throughout the country, homes are going over the asking price based on other competitive offers bidding up the homes. That…

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