What Are VA Loans?

What Are VA Loans? As the video says, the name is misleading – they’re not loans FROM the VA. The VA – short for “US Department of Veterans Affairs” – is the Federal military veteran benefit system. The VA administers benefits and services for...

Major VA Loan Types

What Are The Major Types Of VA Loans? Major Veterans Affairs loan programs described in this video include: 1) Purchase Loans. These help eligible parties buy a home at competitive interest rates with little to no down payment and little or no private mortgage...

Go Ahead….I’m Listening

Go Ahead, I’m Listening … (courtesy of American Land Title Association) We’ve all probably experienced a scenario like this. You’re having a conversation about something and later that day you’re bombarded by online ads for the product. You don’t really...

Protect Your Property Rights

Get An Owner’s Policy to Protect Your Property Rights New homeowners want to focus on buying new furniture for the living room or painting walls, not worrying about having to pay a bill left behind by a previous owner. Lenders require a title insurance policy to...

What’s the VA COE?

  What Is A Certificate of Eligibility, or COE? The COE is the key document that verifies to lenders that someone is eligible for a VA-backed loan. Servicemembers, Veterans and National Guard and Reserve members may apply online or through their lender; most...

What is a Rate Lock?

  Mortgage rates change constantly through an unpredictable combination of government policies and economic conditions. This video explains the common term ‘rate lock.’ A “Rate Lock” is a guarantee that a lender will honor a specific combination of...

How Title Insurance Protects All Homebuyers

How Title Insurance Protects All Homebuyers Whether you’re purchasing a new or existing home, or refinancing, title insurance protects you against any problems affecting the title to your home.  The Basics There are two types of title insurance: the owner’s policy and...

What’s a Qualified Mortgage?

  As this video explains,  Federal laws put into effect in 2014 and  supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau define lending practices and loan terms for a new category called “Qualified Mortgages.” They provide stable loan features for...

What’s Abilility to Repay?

  What are the “Ability to repay” rules about? In a nutshell, as this video shows, new laws require lenders to make a good-faith assessment of a borrower’s capacity to pay back their loan over time. It’s a longer-term view that goes beyond immediate income, debt...
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