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Gregory Erich Phillips

Mortgage, Home Buying and Home Refinance Expert

Gregory Erich Phillips has more than a dozen years of experience in the mortgage industry. He is an active mortgage loan officer and an expert resource on topics including economics, home financing and real estate trends.

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by Gregory Erich Phillips Jul 17, 2020

Mortgage points are fees that you pay your mortgage lender upfront in order to reduce the interest rate on your loan and, in turn, your monthly payments. A single mortgage point equals 1% of your mortgage amount. So if you take out a $200,000 mortgage, a point is equal to $2,000. By doing this, you’ll pay more now, but you’ll be reducing your long-term costs. Like any financial decision, this isn’t necessarily a good move for everyone, though. As you decide if paying for mortgage points makes sense for you, speak with a local financial advisor about how a home loan can affect your long-term financial plan. Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Apr 26, 2019

When you finance a home with a mortgage loan, you and your lender do business on the primary mortgage market. But there is a secondary market by which the lender recoups the entirety of the funds it lent you by going through outside investors. These investors drive interest rates and underwriting standards to an even greater degree than the initial lender does. A basic understanding of secondary markets can help anyone considering a mortgage. And if you’re looking for a trusted guide to help you through the process, use SmartAsset’s financial advisor matching tool to get paired with a fiduciary financial advisor. Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips May 16, 2019

With land in desirable neighborhoods at a premium, townhouses represent a growing share in the real estate market. Townhouses can be an attractive option for many new homeowners–offering something of a “middle ground” between single family homes and condominiums.  A townhouse can give you what feels like a single family home in prime urban centers. However, there are some potential expenses, as well as limitations, that you should educate yourself about before deciding to buy a townhouse. Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jun 25, 2018

A Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) is a tax credit given by the IRS to low and moderate income homebuyers. Generally the program is only available to first time homebuyers. Terms differ by state. An… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Sep 14, 2018

You may find the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on a mortgage loan a confusing aspect of the home financing. You can find the loan APR listed on the Truth in Lending (TIL) disclosure. The disclosure… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jul 09, 2019

If you’re ready to buy your first home, perhaps home buying might feel overwhelming. The housing market is fiercely competitive, so you probably won’t have much time to think about making your offer… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Feb 16, 2017

In a competitive housing environment, buyers are educating themselves like never before. If you are thinking you might make an offer on a house or condominium, you have probably already done your… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Nov 07, 2017

This year is shaping up to be another strong one for the housing market. The recovery has already been underway for two years, yet inventories and price appreciation suggests that the market still… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Mar 07, 2018

The months of April through July generally account for more than 40% of a year’s housing transactions. This is when people think about whether to keep renting or if it’s time to buy a home. Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Mar 24, 2020

Before buying a home, you will need to choose who you’re going to work with through the homebuying process. This starts with your real estate agent, though your mortgage loan officer can be almost as… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jul 23, 2019

A provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill of 2010, aimed to curb risky mortgage lending, went into effect on January 10, 2014. The intention is to certify that mortgages being offered to… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Sep 17, 2018

So you’ve found your dream home. You’re ready to make an offer. But what is a fair price? Will there be competing offers? You don’t want to lose this house, yet you also don’t want to pay too much on… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips May 21, 2018

If you buy a house with less than a 20 percent down payment, and finance it with a conventional loan, you are going to have to pay private mortgage insurance. PMI protects the lender against the… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Mar 27, 2017

We have examined the reasons why so many older homes are on the market. Conversely, we looked at why there are so few new homes available for purchase. If you are looking to buy a home, you may have… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jan 14, 2016

The most common way to finance a home purchase for first time buyers is with a loan through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The 3.5% down payment required by FHA is the lowest down payment… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Mar 08, 2019

Most people have to borrow money in order to afford a house. No matter how big your mortgage is, though, you generally need to have at least some cash on hand for the down payment. Historically the… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Dec 30, 2014

The mortgage lending landscape has changed dramatically since the bottom of the housing market in 2010. Driven by stiffening regulations and the implosion of the old sub-prime lenders, mortgage… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Mar 27, 2017

You may have heard from financial planners, bankers and the like that adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) are risky and dangerous. You may have heard that these types of mortgages drove many homeowners… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Nov 07, 2017

If you are in the market to buy a home, chances are good that you have faced some level of frustration over the low inventory available for sale. This will be especially true if you are searching for… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jul 18, 2019

If you have a mortgage loan, you are well aware of the tax deduction you get each year for the interest. Once per year, all that interest you pay to your bank gives you a benefit as well. By… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips May 15, 2018

For a period of time, jumbo mortgage loans were almost impossible to get. That was because private and “portfolio” funding for mortgage loans effectively disappeared after the housing crisis of 2008.… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Dec 22, 2016

Ever since the crisis in the housing market, and subsequent tightening of lending standards and regulations, all you seem to hear is how hard it is to acquire a mortgage loan, and how banks are… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Feb 21, 2018

The days are long gone when you could buy a house without spending any money out of pocket. Lenders and regulators have determined that potential home buyers need to demonstrate some savings ability… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Jan 15, 2020

Despite the extreme ups and downs of the last decade, savvy investors know that real estate can be one of the best ways to put your money to work for you. Investors were the first buyers to return in… Read more

by Gregory Erich Phillips Nov 07, 2017

Over the past year and a half, the housing market has been on a tear. After four years of a depressed market, this recovery was long overdue. As prices surged upwards, all we seem to hear from real… Read more