Cori Carl found it difficult to get a home loan from a bank in 2011, partly because she worked as a freelance marketing consultant and banks weren't too generous with loans to freelancers, who typically have an unsteady income.
Young people want to become homeowners.While certain conventional wisdom holds that the up-and-coming generation prefers to be renters, numerous studies show that Millennials are just as keen to own their own place as previous generations were.
Seeing the outstanding principal balance on a monthly mortgage bill can be defeating.If you're just into a 30-year mortgage or have had one for years, that grand total of principal owed can look like a dim light at the end of a tunnel you'll never reach.
People who lost their home to foreclosure during the Great Recession are becoming eligible for mortgages again, mainly for the simple reason that they waited seven years until the black mark came off their credit report.
In January when President Obama announced[https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/07/fact-sheet-making-homeownership-more-accessible-and-sustainable] a reduction in Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance premiums that would save new borrowers an average of $900 annually, an FHA[[sitetree_link,id=191]] mortgage once again looked like a great deal.
The idea that homeownership is a path to wealth has been behind U.S.housing policies for more than 50 years, and the effort to increase the rate of homeownership has failed miserably, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
For many potential homeowners, coming up with a down payment can be the biggest obstacle.They may have a steady income and good credit, but don't have the thousands of dollars on hand that a down payment can require.
Buying a manufactured home is a relatively inexpensive way to ender the housing market - the average sales price in 2013 was $64,000, compared to $324,500 for a single-family home, according to the Census Bureau.