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Category: First-Time Homebuyer

May 17, 2017

Pulling Back the Curtain on Mortgage Appraisals

Congratulations, you have found your dream home! You and your realtor have worked out all the details with the seller and have finally agreed to the purchase price. Now what?

July 11, 2016

Home Improvement Projects you Should Avoid

There are two questions you should consider when making your list of possible home improvement projects. Do you plan to sell your home soon? And, do you mind if project does not increase the value of your home? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to cross these projects off your list.

June 16, 2016

Home Purchase Basics

The purchase of a home is one of the largest financial transactions you can make, so it’s important to make the right decisions and to keep an eye on the details. With the assistance of your Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Expert, it should be an efficient, pleasant, and ultimately rewarding experience.

June 10, 2016

Mortgage Pre-Qualification Vs. Pre-Approval. What’s the Difference?

Your first time buying a home can be overwhelming as there is much to research and consider. Many question how much home they can afford and face uncertainty as to the loan amount they will be approved for. A great place to begin is by contacting your bank or lender to obtain a mortgage pre-qualification or mortgage pre-approval.

May 27, 2016

Understanding the Basics of a Construction Loan

Building a home can be stressful. Figuring out the appropriate mortgage product doesn’t have to be. Most people understand the basics of a standard mortgage, but many don’t understand that there is a different approach when you decide to build a home. We are here to break down the basic characteristics of a construction loan so your dream of building a home can become a reality!

May 13, 2016

11 Tips to Help You Through the First-Time Home Buying Process

You’ve decided to take the big step of buying your first home. Or maybe you’re just starting to weigh your options. Either way, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when beginning the process to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed. Here are 11 tips to help you through the first-time home buying process.

April 22, 2016

How Does Age Influence Your Credit Score?

It’s often said that things improve with age. A lot of people don’t realize that this is also true as it pertains to your credit score. Credit scores don’t take age into consideration, however approximately 50% of a credit score is based on length of credit history and payment history.

April 20, 2016

Why are FICO Credit Scores Important?

We’ve all heard how important our credit score is. But have you really thought about the lasting effects it could have on your future ability to borrow? Have you taken the time to monitor your credit reports and really understand what they mean? We’re here to help break it down for you!

April 01, 2016

5 Financial Benefits Of Homeownership

For many people, homeownership is synonymous with the American Dream. It’s also one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make, which can be daunting. So, how do you really know when it’s time to make the jump and purchase a home? One thing you can do is take stock of the benefits of homeownership and decide if they make sense given your current situation. Sure there are additional costs, like regular upkeep and unexpected repairs, but often times the benefits outweigh the associated costs. Here are a few.

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1 While principal and interest payments will not increase on a fixed rate loan, escrowed items such as homeowners insurance and property taxes may increase over time. 2Please consult your tax advisor