Nicole Carlson

Nicole Carlson is a consumer-focused writer and editor. She has appeared on MyMortgageInsider.com, Reviews.com and others.


Articles by Nicole Carlson


Current VA Refinance Rates | January 2023

Current VA Refinance Rates | January 2023

Posted on: January 26, 2023

As reported from a weekly survey of 100+ lenders by Freddie Mac, the average mortgage interest rates increased for all three loan types week over week — 30-year fixed rates went up (5.55% to 5.66%) as did 15-year fixed rates (4.85% to 4.98%), and 5/1 ARM rates (4.36% 4.51%).


VA vs. FHA: Which government product is best?

VA vs. FHA: Which government product is best?

Posted on: November 4, 2022

There are plenty of different home loan products that home buyers can choose from, with popular products including FHA and VA loans. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department […]


How To Prepare For A VA Streamline Refinance

How To Prepare For A VA Streamline Refinance

Posted on: July 26, 2022

The VA streamline refinance, also known as the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL), is intended to help veterans lower their interest rates and monthly payments. Unlike the VA cash-out […]


Buying a Home With a VA Loan | Benefits & Requirements 2023

Buying a Home With a VA Loan | Benefits & Requirements 2023

Posted on: July 26, 2022

While there are some specific steps pertinent to those using their VA loan benefits, the overall process is similar for all homebuyers. The good news? It’s not complicated. The VA […]


VA Cash-Out Refinance: Is It a Good Idea? | Rates & Guidelines 2023

VA Cash-Out Refinance: Is It a Good Idea? | Rates & Guidelines 2023

Posted on: June 8, 2022

The VA cash-out refinance program enables veterans and active-duty service members to tap into their home’s equity and, depending on current refinance interest rates, lower the interest rate on their […]


VA Loan Expert Interview: Bernard Edwards Speaks to Chad Vasquez

VA Loan Expert Interview: Bernard Edwards Speaks to Chad Vasquez

Posted on: December 4, 2018

VA loans are a great mortgage option for many military families. We launched the MilitaryVALoan.com Show with our guest host Bernard Edwards to learn from real estate professionals that serve […]