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Why You Should Refinance Your Home

Historically low interest rates — which hovered under 3% in the last week of 2021 — have lots of homeowners wondering if they should refinance their home. And in fact, home refinance became increasingly popular last year as more Americans elected to stay in their current homes rather than enter a highly competitive home buying market. In the first half of 2021, there was a 33% increase in refinance activity compared to the first half of 2020. You may be asking yourself, “Should I refinance my home? And if I should, how do I refinance, and how much will it cost?” These are all smart questions to answer before you make your decision.
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Should I Pay Off My Home Loan Early?

If you own a home, you may have imagined more than once what it would be like to say, “My house is paid off! I don’t have a mortgage anymore!” Go ahead: Add in a little happy dance, and maybe throw a few fist pumps in the air, because paying off a mortgage is a big deal. According to 2020 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 38% of owner-occupied homes are owned free and clear; for homeowners under age 65, the share of paid-off homes is 26.4%.

Getting a Home Loan in Beloit, Wisconsin

Congratulations on wanting to take the plunge and become a first-time homeowner in Beloit. Maybe you’ve already done some looking. And just maybe you’ve started wondering how you’re going to afford that dream home. The fact is most people don’t buy a home outright with all their own cash. Typically, you save up enough to make a healthy down payment and then borrow the balance from a lender in the form of a home loan. The amount you borrow is called a mortgage, and you’re responsible for making monthly mortgage payments to pay the loan back.

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How to Calculate a Mortgage Payment

Buying a new home is probably the single largest expenditure most people make in their lifetime. It’s thrilling, but it can also be stressful. A good place to begin is to consult an online mortgage calculator to see how much home you can actually afford. Other important considerations include having a good to excellent credit score and a healthy debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Both indicators provide lenders with a picture of whether you’re a good lending risk and how much you’ll be able to afford to borrow — and comfortably pay back.

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How Do Home Construction Loans Work?

Building a new house can be an exciting time. You’re preparing to customize your home to suit your needs exactly — maybe you’ve even been dreaming about this house for a long time. To help prepare you for financing a new build, we’ve outlined some key points of home construction loans, so you can move forward with more confidence.

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