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.

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 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 »

Most Affordable Million Dollar Housing Markets

The terms “affordability” and “ultra-luxury housing market” may not immediately seem like they go together, but the truth is that as the U.S. housing market continues its recovery and median sales prices keep trending upward, more and more cities and towns across the country, even some not necessarily considered elite enclaves, will likely see their… Read More »

Helpful Tips for First Time Home Buyers

More and more renters are considering home-ownership. Banks and mortgage lending companies have announced new finance options for first time home buyers. In many instances, the guidelines have been loosened and the credit rules have been eased. This year appears to be a great year for consumers to stop renting and make the plunge to… Read More »

Where Home Prices Are Rising the Fastest (Slowest)

Since the end of the great recession, home prices in America have rebounded substantially. Since the dark days of 2009, prices have steadily climbed and are up over 50% on average from the lowest point. This is great news for homeowners whose homes may be worth more than their pre-recession values, but less great news… Read More »

4 Vital Questions to Ask a Loan Officer Before Signing

Working well with your mortgage loan officer is critical to your home ownership dreams. He or she is the one that can make your mortgage a reality or deny the application outright. So, it is essential to have good communication with your loan officer from the start and before you sign mortgage disclosures. But many… Read More »

Key Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Home-ownership is one of the pillars of the American dream. The US tax code has many tax breaks to encourage home ownership, even beyond the popular mortgage interest deduction. The US government understands that when people own their own homes, they are more likely to care for the property and the neighborhood in general. Also,… Read More »

Requirements to Finance & Buy a Second Home

Do you want to buy a second home? You probably have many questions about how to finance a 2nd-home. Whether you want to buy a second home for vacations or as an investment property, getting financing for this type of property comes with some challenges that you should be aware of. This article will explain… Read More »

6 Red Flags for Homeowners to Be Wary of Mortgage Refinancing

In 2018, mortgage refinance rates are not nearly as low as they were a few years ago. According to a Zillow report in June 2018, the average mortgage refinance rate for a 30 year, fixed mortgage was 4.75%. With the US economy getting stronger and unemployment low, interest rates have been slowly on the rise.… Read More »

7 Things to Kill Your Mortgage Pre Approval

So, you were recently pre-approved for a mortgage. Congratulations! But don’t pop the champagne until closing day and all the home loan documents are signed and recorded. Despite what you might hear, there are plenty of things you can do to kill your mortgage approval before closing day. Here are some of the most common… Read More »

Average Credit Scores for Consumers in the United States in 2020

When it comes to credit scores, Americans are seeing some positive trends in 2020. For the first time in history, the average national credit score for Americans hit 700, according to FICO, which is one of the most common credit scores used by lenders. The range of FICO scores goes from 300 to 850. How… Read More »

Cash Out Refinance Tax Implications

With a cash-out refinance, the homeowner can withdraw equity from their home. If your home is valued at $200,000 and you owe $150,000, you have $50,000 in equity. With a cash-out refinance, you can access your equity in cash and use it on whatever you like, from home renovations to paying off debt. But be… Read More »