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While buying your first house is an exciting time and a big milestone, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some actions to avoid during the buying process. Here are some common but avoidable mistakes that first-time homebuyers sometimes make. Skipping the Prequalified Process When you decide to take the big step towards … Continue reading 4 Common First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes


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When you decide that you’re ready to buy a house, it can be tempting to start searching for listings on Zillow or drive through your favorite neighborhood looking for “For Sale” signs. The last thing you want to do, however, is to find the perfect house and then realize it’s out of your price range. … Continue reading How Much Home Can You Afford?


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Plenty of people have the goal of buying a home, but factors hold them back from making it happen each year. Rising interest rates or not enough savings for the standard 20% down payment are just a few examples that cause people to push off the thought of owning a home. Maybe next year’s rates … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Buy This Summer!


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Not everyone can afford the standard down payment when buying a home. Instead, they achieve their dream of home ownership through mortgage insurance. So what exactly is mortgage insurance, and how does it affect your home loan? What is Mortgage Insurance? Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy that compensates mortgage lenders for losses due to … Continue reading Do I Need Mortgage Insurance?


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When you’re buying, refinancing, or selling your home, a home appraisal will always be one of the key components of the transaction. Simply defined, a home appraisal is an unbiased opinion from a professional appraiser on a home’s value. Home appraisals are done to determine whether the home’s contract price is appropriate given the home’s … Continue reading Everything to Know About Home Appraisals!


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When you flip through the channels on your TV, you may notice the influx of home improvement shows popping up. No doubt home improvement shows are quite the rage on television these days, generating substantial audiences and fans on shows like Flip or Flop, The Property Brothers, and Fixer Upper. Following the house-hunters through their … Continue reading Planning on Tackling a Fixer-Upper?


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For many people, buying a home is typically the largest and most significant single purchase they will make in their lifetime. When preparing to buy a home, it is important to understand what is affordable and how to prepare for this purchase in the form of a down payment. Know How Much You Need A … Continue reading Saving for a Down Payment


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You did it – you bought your first home! You made it through all the paperwork, you saved enough for that big down payment, and you finally settled in. Everything seems perfect until that dishwasher starts to leak all over the kitchen floor. Calling the landlord won’t work this time around. Welcome to the joys … Continue reading Understanding Home Warranties


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Cold winter temperatures don’t have to keep you from getting out and looking at homes. If you have been considering buying a home for the first time or if you are ready to find that perfect dream home, now is a good time to come out of hibernation and start looking. Let’s look at some … Continue reading The Pro’s of Off-Season Home Loans


Pretend for a moment that you owned the bank that was being asked to give somebody a mortgage loan. Chances are you’d want to know a good deal of information on the borrower before you approved their loan. So does your mortgage lender. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most common questions you … Continue reading 15 Questions Your Mortgage Lender Will Ask


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