Paul Schouest

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Understanding Mortgage Prepayment Penalties: The Hidden Costs

Understanding Mortgage Prepayment Penalties: The Hidden Costs

Mortgage prepayment penalties can be a perplexing aspect of your home financing journey. Essentially, they are fees imposed by lenders when you pay off your mortgage earlier than agreed upon or exceed the specified payment limits. These fees are designed

Dec 12, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

Is Refinancing my Mortgage to Eliminate High-Interest Debt a Smart Move?

Is Refinancing my Mortgage to Eliminate High-Interest Debt a Smart Move?

Are you tired of juggling a pile of bills, from high-interest credit card debts to personal loans and auto payments? If so, there might be a financial strategy that could simplify your life: refinancing your mortgage to consolidate all those debts. In thi

Dec 05, 2023 | Refinancing a Home

Minimizing the Effect of Job Loss on Your Mortgage

Minimizing the Effect of Job Loss on Your Mortgage

In the dynamic landscape of personal finance, job loss can send shockwaves through your financial stability, particularly when it comes to managing your mortgage. Yet, with appropriate preparation and a little knowledge you can navigate these turbulent wa

Nov 28, 2023 |

The Top 5 Reasons Fixed-Rate Mortgages Are Your Wealth-Building BFFs

The Top 5 Reasons Fixed-Rate Mortgages Are Your Wealth-Building BFFs

When it comes to home loans, fixed-rate mortgages are the bread-and-butter of the market and for good reason. If you're all about making savvy financial moves, you’ll want to learn these golden knowledge nuggets that will show you why fixed-rate mor

Nov 21, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

Does My Age Affect My Mortgage Eligibility?

Does My Age Affect My Mortgage Eligibility?

Ever stopped to ponder how age can shape your journey into the world of mortgages? Well, today, we're diving headfirst into this intriguing aspect of homeownership. Buckle up because we're about to explore how your age can sway the tides of mortgage eligi

Nov 14, 2023 | Purchasing a Home

How Will Buying a Vacation Home Affect My Taxes?

How Will Buying a Vacation Home Affect My Taxes?

The vacation home-buying craze spurred by the COVID-19 shutdowns has started to fizzle out, which is great news if you are still in the market for a getaway home. While vacation home sales skyrocketed 17% in 2020 and 33% in 2021, by the middle of 2023 dem

Nov 07, 2023 | Purchasing a Home