The late Billy Graham was known for his convictions and his character by all that knew him.  A big part of the reason is because Mr. Graham worked early in his ministry with members of his leadership team to come up with the “Modesto Manifesto” which was a simple list of core principles and values … Continue reading Letting Our Values Lead the Way!


Today we tend to do everything online—from dating and being social to ordering groceries and banking.  But, when it comes to getting a home loan, does it make sense to go with one of those online mortgage companies? If you’re thinking about going online to track down a home loan, here’s a quick rundown of … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Online Mortgages


Fixed-rate mortgage and adjustable-rate mortgages are the two primary mortgage types for homebuyers. While other loans options fall within these two categories, the first step in homebuying is determining which of the two types best suits you! Fixed-Rate Loan A fixed-rate mortgage is exactly as it sounds – it’s a home loan with an interest … Continue reading Choosing Between a Fixed vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage


When it comes to buying a home, plenty of financial reasons make a convincing argument to make the move to buy. Financial motives like building equity, getting a tax break on your mortgage interest, and investing long term into a home simply make good sense for homebuyers. Emotional reasons, however, are really the more compelling … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why We Really Buy Homes


Loyal viewers of the popular This Is Us television show reached for their tissues after watching their beloved character Jack Pearson perish due to smoke inhalation from a house fire. While the NBC drama is obviously fiction, the realities of home fires are very real. One spark is all it takes for a family to … Continue reading 3 Lessons to Learn from This Is Us


Sometimes being in love with your home isn’t about making huge changes. Instead, it’s about learning to appreciate the little things. Paring down, brushing on a fresh coat of paint, hanging new curtains or just changing the way you look at things can make your home a happier dwelling. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Love Your Home More!


From getting a lower rate to lowering your monthly payments to switching from an adjustable-rate to a fixed-rate mortgage, there are many reasons to consider refinancing your home mortgage loan. Whatever your reason is for refinancing your mortgage, we know it can be an overwhelming process. Here are 5 steps to follow to ensure a … Continue reading 5 Steps to a Successful Refinance


Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or an experienced buyer, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure that your home mortgage process goes smoothly. Pay Your Bills on Time…Every Time! A good credit history is vital when applying for a home loan. One of the best ways to have good credit is … Continue reading 5 Things to Know Before Applying for a Home Loan


When it comes to doing good in the community, we usually think about writing a check or volunteering our time and energy to make an impact. A lesser known option that is just as impactful is sharing your home. Here are a few ways to you can make a difference! Create A Friendly Book Exchange … Continue reading Giving Back Through Your Home


Buying your first home can be an exciting, yet also overwhelming process. From finding a home that meets your needs to knowing how much you can afford, there are numerous factors that can end up leaving you more stressed than excited. No one wants to experience any regret over the biggest purchase they’ve ever made … Continue reading Avoid These Homebuying Mistakes!

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