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If you have questions about the mortgage process of buying a home or the ins and outs of refinancing then this is the show for you. Join CrossCountry Mortgage Regional President Bill Litton as he breaks down key lending terms, answers listener questions, and provides you tons of tips and education about the mortgage world. You could save thousands of dollars on your next mortgage decision just by tapping into some of the great information on the Smart Mortgage Show. Schedule a time to meet w ...
 
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A lot of people are worried that the housing market has been slowing down. But houses are still selling quickly and the market is still very strong. Rates are higher, but it still makes sense to buy. Mortgages are still cheaper than rent on average and there are various other benefits to owning a home. On today’s episode, we’ll explore 6 major reas…
 
Let’s open up the mailbag on today’s show to answer some questions we have from potential home buyers in this high-interest rate market. What you’ll learn on this episode: “A friend told me I shouldn’t buy a home unless I can put 20% down. Is this wise advice?” (2:58) “Can closing costs be higher at one lender and lower at another?” (5:53) “Do you …
 
Interest rates are rising and it seems likely that they will continue to do so. Historically, rates are still not bad. But a jump from 2.5% to 6% is a big jump and it’s changing the housing market and the trends we are seeing. With inflation still very high, we should expect to see these higher rates for a while. So, what are some of the things you…
 
With various changes in the market, many listeners have questions about the mortgage process and what they should expect in the coming weeks and months. On today’s episode, we’ll break down each question and the vital things you need to consider when looking for your next home. What you’ll learn on this episode: Sean is inheriting a home that has a…
 
Interest rates for mortgages have crept over 6% and it’s been the big story as we head into the summer. Anyone looking to buy or sell a home right now is probably wondering what these rate hikes will mean for the real estate market that’s been going strong for some time. We’ll get Bill’s thoughts on these upward trends and their impact moving forwa…
 
Today, we’re going to open up the mailbag to answer some questions from our listeners. Abby’s friend told her that a 20% downpayment is financially necessary. Is this true? This is a common misconception and we see even those with 20% available don’t choose to. Right now rates are still low and it’s going to come back to your financial plan. Carl i…
 
We are opening up the mailbag today to answer some listener questions about the mortgages and refinancing. Alice asks whether there is a difference between getting a mortgage for one home versus a second home? They are going to look at a lot of the same things: income, credit, and debt ratio. But you want to be aware of new interest rate regulation…
 
A lot of people out there don’t know much about the mortgage process, which can lead to frustration once you are looking for a home. On today’s episode, we are going to break down a recent article by Architectural Digest, What No One Tells You About a Mortgage, and see whether Bill agrees or disagrees with some of the main points made in the articl…
 
With inventory still low, the market is still rough out there for buyers. At the same time, interest rates are rising with inflation proving to be a bigger issue than anticipated. On today’s episode, we are going to discuss a CBS article that relates to some of these issues. With rising interest rates are borrowers returning to adjustable-rate mort…
 
What should future home buyers know? On today’s episode, we discuss the top 7 mortgage tips out there and how they apply to the home buying process. Don’t let a non-exceptional credit score prevent you from applying for a mortgage. Even with a perfect score, you may be facing higher interest rates in the near future. Just like when you are shopping…
 
Spring is just around the corner and many people are starting to get pre-approved for the busy season. There is a lot of questions that come up during the home buying process. So, on today’s episode, we are going to play a fun round of true or false with some mortgage and refinancing topics. "It’s better to look at the APR and not just the interest…
 
How do lenders analyze credit for couples? Does a Co-signer help with credit? You’ve probably heard about the difference between a soft credit hit and a hard credit hit. Whenever you get pre-approved for a home, it’s a hard credit check. But this is different than an auto loan or student loan. There’s no way to shop for mortgages without having you…
 
A lot of people have questions about credit when it comes to buying a home. On today’s episode, we’ll explore some common questions, concerns, and misconceptions about credit. How does a credit score directly impact your ability to obtain a mortgage? If it’s too low you may not qualify for a mortgage loan. Having a good score can help you get the b…
 
What do you need to know about the current real estate market? It doesn’t seem that the market is cooling down just yet. We are still seeing bidding wars and multiple offers. While it may not be as intense in the market as it was a few months ago, you still need to be creative to stand out from other offers. Since September we’ve seen a steady clim…
 
What’s true and what’s a myth when it comes to home buying and mortgages? On today’s episode, Bill is going to play myth-buster as we go through 7 different statements. Is it true you need to put 20% down? Does your down payment cover closing costs? While you don’t necessarily need to put all 20% down, it’s all going to depend on your situation. We…
 
Being a first-time homebuyer can be an overwhelming and confusing process. So, on today's episode, we will go over some first-time homebuyer mistakes. Now, these are not mistakes exclusively made by first-time buyers alone, they could happen to people buying their second or third home as well. Do you know how much house you can afford? We're here t…
 
In 2020 and 2021, you've probably heard a lot about refinancing. So, what does it actually mean to refinance your home loan? How can it help you and what are the qualifications? On today's episode, Bill is going to discuss refinancing and its implications. Whether you are looking for a lower interest rate or a shorter-term loan, there are valuable …
 
If you have questions about the mortgage process of buying a home or the ins and outs of refinancing then this is the show for you. Join LendUS® Regional President Bill Litton as he breaks down key lending terms, answers listener questions, and provides you tons of tips and education about the mortgage world. You could save thousands of dollars on …
 
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