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California Home Mortgage Loans

You can find quite a few types of California home mortgage loans. Understanding what’s available can help you review your options to get an idea of what options might work best for you and your family. Of course, Golden State Mortgage is happy to help you find the right home loan! In the meantime, why …

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The Fed and Your Mortgage

This week, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time in 2018. This quarter-percentage rate increase brought the federal funds rate into the target range of 2 – 2.25 percent. The committee sets monetary policy, primarily by raising or lowering the Fed’s target for the federal funds rate, which is used as the …

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The Difference Between APR and Mortgage Interest Rate

Considering taking on a mortgage can be confusing and overwhelming. There’s an endless amount of information and advice and weeding through it can be a monumental task. When you get a mortgage, you are charged two different rates—the annual percentage rate and the interest rate. Understanding the difference between the two rates is important and …

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Top Ten Reasons to Use a Mortgage Broker

Working with a direct lender like a bank may seem like the thing to do—but an independent third party can offer impartial advice. A mortgage broker has access to a much wider array of products; a mortgage broker’s services can help you make sound financial decisions. Still not convinced? Take a look at these 10 …

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Investing in a Home is an Investment in Your Future

Is buying a home a good investment? You’ve probably heard from the media, parents, older relatives, and, of course, real estate professionals that buying a home is a great investment that always helps to secure your future. You’re told buying a home is a good investment that will appreciate over time, and that it will …

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How to Calculate a Mortgage

If you’re shopping for a new home in California, you can calculate the home price you can pay and the mortgage schedule you will need based on the payment, down payment, taxes, and insurance you can afford. This calculation will provide an estimate of your house price range based on the monthly payment you can …

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Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Purchasing a home in California is one of the most exciting and potentially stressful things you can do. The home buying process is also an emotional experience that is very personal to each buyer. When your emotions are involved in a purchase, however, you might end up skipping or overlooking certain details. Here are some suggestions …

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Improve Your Credit for Lower Mortgage Rates

You may have heard the good news about mortgage rates being at a three-year low. What many people don’t realize, however, is that most lenders require a credit score of at least 740 in order to qualify for those low rates. If your credit score is lower than that, you’ll end up with higher interest …

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The Difference Between APR and Mortgage Interest Rate

Shopping for a mortgage can be confusing and overwhelming. The internet is oversaturated with advice, and lenders seem to speak a language you don’t understand. What is the difference between APR and mortgage interest rate? How will they actually affect you now, or in the long run? What Are They? Let’s take a look at …

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How Long Will These Low Mortgage Rates Last?

Despite the many predictions that mortgage rates would rise in 2016 after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December, they have actually declined for the fourth week in a row, according to the Freddie Mac weekly mortgage rate survey. Why do rates continue to decline? News about low mortgage rates has been eclipsed only …

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