Bryan Dornan

About Bryan Dornan

Bryan Dornan is a financial journalist and currently serves as Chief Editor of RefiGuide.org. Bryan has worked as a mortgage loan officer in the industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in providing mortgage clients with the highest level of service in the industry. Bryan's continual focus is to promote affordable home-ownership to consumers like you across the United States. He also writes for RealtyTimes, Patch, Buzzfeed, Medium and other national publications. Find him on Twitter, Muckrack, Linkedin and ActiveRain.

8 Reasons You Should Still Refinance Your Mortgage

Did you not refinance your mortgage yet? If not, you should know that the days of 2.5% mortgages are probably behind us. However, rates are still historically low, so you should take a strong look at refinancing your mortgage in 2020. Here are some good reasons why you should strongly consider a home refinance with… Read More »

New High LTV Refinance Program Replaces HARP

A new high LTV refinance program was just announced to Help Underwater Homeowners as HARP is set to expire. The outlook for mortgages is still excellent in early 2021, with rates rising above 4%. Even though rates have increased in the last six months, 30 year fixed mortgages are still near historical lows. High LTV… Read More »

Most and Least Affordable Places to Buy a Home

Published on August 20th, 2020 by Refiguide.org. Reviewed by Peter G. Miller The Coronavirus pandemic has upended the real estate market so far in unexpected and varied ways. Record low mortgage interest rates combined with people spending most of their time at home has caused a boom in home buying in many housing markets despite… Read More »

Understanding Loan to Value Ratios

There’s a reason that lenders often reemphasize one common phrase throughout the homebuying process: it’s one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. With that purchase comes risk, as real estate transactions are often established through financing that runs 30 years or more. The reality is, that financing is established on properties that can —… Read More »

Best Mortgage Loans for Senior Citizens & The Elderly

Housing, particularly in the United States, has a fairly predictable lifecycle. The reason is that most homebuyers who buy a house finance that purchase with a mortgage earlier in life and therefore engage in a long-term financial obligation in which they ‘agree’ to accumulate equity in their home. Home loans for seniors and the elderly… Read More »

FHA vs Conventional Mortgage Loans

Are you house hunting? If so, there’s something else you should be thinking about before locking in your mortgage: wealth building. In a perfect world, you’d find a lender who could outline hypothetical outcomes and give you the lay of the land when putting a comparable Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage against a conventional mortgage… Read More »

How Does a VA Mortgage Loan Work?

Are you currently serving your country or a recently discharged military veteran? If so, you know your branch of service has likely instilled discipline, strong values, a sense of duty, and loyalty. Among those numerous positive outcomes that can result from military service, there’s also another one you might not have thought of — homeownership. … Read More »

Second Mortgage vs Home Equity Loan

Do you have growing equity in your home? If so, you may want to pull out some of that cash to remodel your kitchen, pay off debt, or fund your child’s college tuition. You can tap your equity with a mortgage refinance or a second mortgage. If you already have a low-interest rate on your… Read More »

What Is an Energy Efficient Mortgage?

Prospective homeowners who want to enjoy higher energy efficiency savings and possibly afford a larger mortgage have a great option – the Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM). An EEM is a mortgage that credits your home’s energy efficiency into the home loan itself. An EEM gives you the chance to finance energy-saving measures into one mortgage.… Read More »

How to Get a Stated Income Mortgage Loan

If you are self-employed and do not have a traditional income with W-2s and pay stubs, you may wonder if you can get a mortgage in 2020. Yes, there are options for self-employed professionals to get a home loan without traditional proof of income. These are known as stated income mortgages. But the rules for… Read More »

Benefits of Getting an FHA Mortgage Loan

The home buying market continues to roar and many consumers are excited to stop paying rent this year. One of the first steps is to apply for FHA home loan financing so let’s explore the opportunities. Here are some great reasons to call your mortgage lender today and apply for FHA loan programs: #1 Your… Read More »

Why Write a Check Using Your HELOC Loan

If you own your home, you will like continue to enjoy rising home values in 2020. With higher home prices and rock bottom low interest rates, a good option for many home owners today is to open a home equity line of credit. In the past you could deduct the interest paid on a HELOC… Read More »

5 Reasons to Remodel Your Home with a HELOC

Many financial advisors and mortgage brokers consider the HELOC the best home improvement loan, mostly because of the product’s flexibility. #1 HELOCs have a low interest rate The home equity credit line has a lower, variable interest rate than a home equity loan. That second mortgage has a fixed rate and payment plan. A HELOC usually… Read More »

First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Tips

Becoming a homeowner is quintessential part of the ‘American dream’, so obtaining the right mortgage is a critical step in the first time home buyer process. It’s no secret that the U.S. housing market has been surging, so it is natural that mortgage companies are comfortable expanding credit and home loan financing for first time… Read More »

Bad Credit Mortgage Tips for Low Credit Scores

If your credit score is cringe-worthy and you’re thinking about buying a house, you may have some legitimate concerns about your chances of getting approved. But fear not: You may still be able to get a mortgage with bad credit. However, your credit history will undoubtedly make the application process more nerve-wracking, complex, and expensive.… Read More »

How to Buy a House with a FHA Mortgage

It’s no secret that the housing market is booming in 2020. Even though the house buying process can add a lot of pressure to your life, if you take a pragmatic approach and work with trusted lending professionals home-ownership can be a wise decision. The Federal Housing Administration was created in 1934 in an effort… Read More »

How Low Rates are Great for the Housing Market

If you’re trying to buy a house, you need to understand all the aspects of obtaining a mortgage rate and the various factors that will influence that number. Why? If you go into your house hunt with no clear idea of how mortgage rates work, you’ll face a more complex process and potentially walk away… Read More »

10 Ways to Get Approved for a Home Loan the First Time

Are you in the market for a home loan in the new year? Whether you are buying your first home or refinancing your existing one, you can improve your odds of being pre-approved for a home loan this year if you follow our helpful tips below. #1 Make Sure You Know Your Credit Score As… Read More »

Most Affordable Rental Markets in America for 2020

Most financial experts advise the average person to spend no more than 30% of their income on housing. The likelihood of making that happen, though, depends largely on where you live. That’s because for people in dozens of American cities, the typical person sees nearly all of their income gobbled up by rent. According to… Read More »

8 Things To Know Before Starting the Mortgage Process

Mortgage rates have been rising as the US economy is gathering strength. Some renters who have been on the fence about buying a home have been starting to think about getting into the market before rates nudge above 5% in the next year or so. But buying your dream home is not as easy as finding… Read More »

Places Taking on the Most Mortgage Debt in America

As the trauma from the Great Recession fades from memory, are Americans increasingly embracing one of the financial maneuvers that caused a great amount of pain a decade ago – cash-out refinancing? For those of you that are unfamiliar with types of mortgage refinancing, a bit of context might be in order. People typically refinance… Read More »

Minimum Home Loan Credit Score Requirements

Buying a house can be a stressful time, so it is important to be organized and understand what the credit requirements are up-front for the various mortgage programs in the United States in 2020. Read on to see what home financing programs are available and what the minimum credit scores are set by the banks… Read More »

VA Home Loan Requirements

There are many reasons why VA loan requirements are so attractive to borrowers with military credentials this year. The U.S economy is booming again, the housing market is soaring and eligible VA home loan applicants have access to arguably the best mortgage to refinance or buy a house in 2020. When most people look at… Read More »

VA & Military Home Loans for First Time Buyers

There are many great home financing advantages to being a military veteran or active military. One of the biggest pluses that you can enjoy is getting a VA loan with competitive interest rates, low closing costs and no down-payment required. If you are VA eligible you owe it to yourself to learn about the benefits… Read More »

FHA Mortgage Loan Process & Checklist

Do you want to use an FHA mortgage to buy your next home? If so, you probably have a lot of questions about the FHA home loan process and what you need to do to be approved. It is important for perspective house buyers to know what the qualifications are to be approved for an… Read More »

4 Amazing Home Buyer Down Payment Grants

Buying your first home can be overwhelming in many ways. There are so many decisions to make an many people do not realize that there are home buying grants available in all 50 states. One of the most important of course is getting approved for a mortgage and saving up for a down payment. The… Read More »

6 Ways to Know When to Refinance Your Mortgage

Getting a new mortgage loan on your home to replace the first one is known as refinancing. The most common reason to refinance a mortgage is to get a better term and lower interest rate, both of which will save you money in the short and long term. What is Refinancing? Here’s how a refinance… Read More »

15 Year vs 30 Year Loan Differences Which is Best?

The current mortgage rates are still very low, with a 30 year fixed mortgage hovering in the 4% range and 15 year fixed mortgages at 3.625% (3.855% APR). With rates this low, many people are thinking about either buying a new home or refinancing. 15 Year Mortgage vs 30 Year Loans A 15 year mortgage… Read More »

Arizona First Time Home Buyer Programs

Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S., growing by nearly 2% between 2017 and 2018 alone. In fact, Arizona had the fourth-largest growth rate in the country in that same time, and the state has seen its population expand by nearly 7% since 2014, which is also one of the highest rates… Read More »

Risks & Benefits of Second Mortgage Loans

Home owners who meet the lending criteria may be able to get a second mortgage loan if they qualify. You may have heard radio advertisements recently bragging about how low second mortgage rates are today for home equity lines of credit and fixed cash out 2nd mortgages. Getting a Second Mortgage Can Help You Gain Access… Read More »