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Apr
06
2016
All About Closings
There’s a lot of information available about how to check your credit score and how to improve your credit score in advance of applying for a mortgage, how to apply for a mortgage, what to expect during the home buying process and more; but there isn’t always a lot of...
Mar
30
2016
Who Are the Key Players in the Mortgage Process?
When you buy a home there will be a lot of people involved in your transaction. Real estate agents, mortgage lenders/brokers, the federal government, appraisers, insurance companies, title attorney / closing attorney and more. Don’t forget that through the entire process, the...
Mar
24
2016
3 Reasons to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
It’s not just about lowering your monthly utility bill – there are many reasons, and many ways, to make your home more energy efficient. Sure, a lowered utility bill every month is a nice perk, but there’s more to energy-efficiency than that! We’ve collected 3...
Mar
16
2016
Top 5 Must-Do's for First-Time Homebuyers
Buying a home is likely to be one of the most exciting (and stressful) times of your life. In order to help minimize your stress, arm yourself with knowledge about the home buying process. The wealth of information available can be overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together our top 5...
Mar
10
2016
Factors to Consider When Thinking About a Refi
Over the course of the average mortgage loan, the interest rate landscape may change and your financial situation may change as well. As you build equity in your home or interest rates lower, many home owners are interested in refi options, either to lower their monthly payment, shorten...
Mar
02
2016
What is Escrow and How Does an Escrow Account Work?
When you’re looking into becoming a homeowner, one word you’ll hear a lot is escrow. The legal definition of escrow is to place (something) in custody or trust, but in essence, an escrow account is a holding account for the money involved in your real estate transaction. You...
Feb
24
2016
5 Simple Kitchen Remodel Ideas under $500!
Many homebuyers are interested in upgrading, or updating their kitchens. A kitchen is the central room in many homes, one where family gathers to talk about their day, where kids work on homework while parents cook, and where friends gather for get-togethers and parties. Many kitchen...
Feb
17
2016
What are Points and Should I Buy Them?
Whether you are currently shopping around for a mortgage or you’re gathering information in order to be in the best position to shop for and apply for a mortgage in the coming year, you’ve probably heard about mortgage points. While points are fairly common in the mortgage...
Feb
11
2016
Can You Purchase an Investment or Rental Property with a FHA Loan?
An FHA loan offers home buyers many advantages over traditional conventional mortgages, including lower (or no) down payments, generous credit score allowances and more. For this reason, many people may be interested in leveraging an FHA mortgage to purchase an investment...
Feb
03
2016
The Hidden Costs of Buying a Foreclosure
For many looking to purchase their first home, a second home or even an investment or rental property, buying a foreclosure may seem like an easy way to get a lot of house at a bargain. While foreclosures are almost always priced competitively or even under market value, buying a...
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