Confused Buyers and Irregular Regulations

Regulation of home warranties varies from state to state. In some states, the real estate commission is the regulator, while in others the department of insurance has jurisdiction. Also, the many different companies and policies have created confusion about what is and isn’t covered. As a result, many consumers have the misconception that a home warranty covers everything, down to a leaky faucet.

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Income from Second Jobs or Other Sources

Income from a second job may or may not help your chances of getting a loan. If you’ve been on a second job or a part-time job for less than two years, you may not be able to count it in your total income. However, that’s not a hard-and-fast rule, and your lender may be able to shop investors to find one who will go less than two years.

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How Lenders Qualify You for a Mortgage?

Once you’ve determined how much of a monthly payment you can comfortably afford, the next step is to talk to a mortgage lender and find out how much of a loan you can qualify for. A big mistake many home buyers make is to begin looking at homes before they know what kind of money they will have to work with and what their expenses will be.

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Renovations and Loans (3)

loanYou can write checks or use your ATM card to withdraw cash or pay bills by debit. Meanwhile, you pay interest only on the portion of the credit line you are using, rather than on the full amount. Say the bank gives you a HELOC of $100,000, and you borrow $50,000 and pay back $25,000. That means you have $75,000 available. A HELOC typically has a variable interest rate. The HELOC is secured by the value of your house. You also can pay down your entire balance with no penalties.

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