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What is PMI, and How Can I Avoid It?

If you’re gearing up to buy a new home, you’ve probably stumbled across the acronym PMI somewhere. It stands for private mortgage insurance, and it’s a policy designed to protect lenders from defaults or foreclosures. Anyone looking for home financing should be very clear on PMI, from when it’s necessary to what might be done to avoid it. Continue reading “What is PMI, and How Can I Avoid It?”

The Pros and Cons of a Low Down Payment

For prospective homeowners, the down payment on a new home can be a big hurdle to clear. That’s especially true if you’re scraping together the full 20% of the purchase price. But there are multiple ways to finance a home — the Cushing team here at Guild Mortgage in Reno is happy to go through options with you — and a 20% down payment isn’t always required. If putting down less money upfront sounds like a dream to you, it’s worth investigating the pros and cons of a low down payment. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of a Low Down Payment”

10 Questions to Ask a Lender Before Committing to a Loan

Financing a new home is a huge decision, and you should feel comfortable and confident in your choice of lender before you start signing paperwork. The home-buying process can be a fraught experience, but don’t rush things unnecessarily — taking time to find the right lender is never a mistake. The best way to get a feel for a lender and a potential loan option is straightforward — ask questions! You’ll learn a lot about what you can expect, and your lender will learn about you, too. The more they understand your circumstances, the better equipped they are to steer you in the right direction. To help you get started, the Cushing Team of Guild Mortgage here in Reno is sharing ten questions to ask a lender before you commit to a loan.
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Should You Put 20% Down on a Home Purchase?

Wondering how much money to put down a house is standard among prospective buyers, and especially for first-time homeowners. Like all things related to the mortgage process, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Depending on the circumstances, it can be more strategic to put down less money. While conventional wisdom holds that a 20% down payment on a home purchase is the standard, there’s a lot more to the story. Continue reading “Should You Put 20% Down on a Home Purchase?”

Loan Options — What’s a USDA Loan?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is best known for its role in nutrition and food safety, which is why it surprises many to learn of the agency’s involvement in rural development. In fact, the USDA has its very own mortgage assistance program, which is geared to rural and suburban homeowners. Here’s a rundown on the USDA loan and qualifications for eligibility. Continue reading “Loan Options — What’s a USDA Loan?”

Can You Buy a House with No Money Down?

For many prospective homeowners, the biggest hurdle is the down payment. While conventional loans can require a 20% down payment, there are other loan options with much lower down payment requirements. And in some cases, you may be eligible for a mortgage with zero down. But just because you may qualify to buy a house with no money down doesn’t always mean you should. Here’s what to know about types of zero down payment mortgages, plus their pros and cons. Continue reading “Can You Buy a House with No Money Down?”

Loan Options — What to Understand about Conforming and Nonconforming Home Loans

Prospective homeowners getting organized to make an offer on a home quickly learn how many options there are when it comes to both lenders and mortgage options. From conventional to jumbo, FHA to VA, there are all kinds of loan products. And the more you know about each of them, the better equipped you are to zero in on the best choice for your needs. Here’s what to understand about conforming and nonconforming home loans. Continue reading “Loan Options — What to Understand about Conforming and Nonconforming Home Loans”

6 Kinds of Mortgages — Plus Tips to Find What’s Best for You

If you’re ready to buy a new home, congratulations! It’s an exciting process, and there are few ways to help smooth the path forward. Partnering with an experienced real estate agent and ensuring your credit history and financials are up to speed are important first steps, and so is securing a loan approval letter. It’s also wise to begin investigating your loan options. There are lots of mortgages out there, and deciding which one suits your needs isn’t always easy. To help, the Cushing Team of Guild Mortgage here in Reno is sharing information on six kinds of mortgages, with tips for finding what’s best for you. Continue reading “6 Kinds of Mortgages — Plus Tips to Find What’s Best for You”

Loan Options — What’s an FHA Loan?

We’ve written before about the differences between conventional and FHA loans, and now the Cushing Team at Guild Mortgage in Reno is back with a closer look at the latter. FHA loans can help prospective homeowners who may have difficulty securing a loan with conventional lenders, and they have a number of features that make them a good option for the right borrower. If you’ve ever wondered about FHA loans, here’s what you should know. Continue reading “Loan Options — What’s an FHA Loan?”