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Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

There is a new trend catching on among younger urban residents: renting in the city and buying a vacation home as their first house purchase. This unconventional approach to first-time homebuying is one way for these buyers to achieve homeownership and all its benefits when they are priced out of their own market.  Real estate prices in most major U.S. cities are rising so high that it is virtually impossible for young professionals to start their home-owning journey within city limits. The creative solution of buying a vacation home while renting a primary residence in the city allows...

February 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

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3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

When you take out a mortgage loan, your lender puts a lot of trust in you to repay the loan. Lenders can do this because they do thorough financial background checks on borrowers before agreeing to lend money. Your interest rate will be based on how credit-worthy you are based on those checks. Examining bank statements is one of the ways lenders check for eligibility.  If you want to have better odds of being approved for a mortgage, before you apply, make sure that your bank accounts do not include these three things in the last two months of statements: 1. Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) c...

January 1st, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Preapproval, Credit, Purchasing a Home, 3 Things Lenders Don’t Want to See on Your Bank Statements

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What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

You think you understand how much your mortgage payment is going to be and then your first bill comes. There seems to be more included in your payment than you expected. What are all the fees in your monthly mortgage bill? Mortgage Principal Your mortgage principal is the base amount of money you needed to borrow to buy a home. For example, if you are buying a $200,000 home and you put down $20,000, your principal is $160,000. Almost all home loans are amortized, meaning they are structured so that the amount of principal you repay each month starts out small and increases over time. Dur...

December 18th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, What Fees Are Included in My Monthly Mortgage Payment?

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6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Forgoing an Agent Some homebuyers think they can navigate the buying waters alone, but as complex as the real estate market is today, that strategy is risky. One of your first steps should be to find a trusted real estate professional who will represent your interests. An agent’s experience can give you valuable insights into things like which neighborhoods are good and bad, or how to craft an attractive offer for sellers. Even if you are buying a new home from a builder, a real estate agent could help you make sure you are getting the best deal and terms.   Overlooking Mor...

November 6th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, 6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

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Jumbo Loans for Veterans

If you are a veteran or a servicemember, you are probably well aware of VA mortgage loans. These loans offer excellent benefits, including no down payment or credit score requirements as well as allowing borrowers to forgo mortgage insurance premiums.  But what happens if you are looking to buy an expensive property or you live in a pricier area of the country, where home prices exceed the standard VA loan limits? Is it still possible to take advantage of VA mortgage financing? Thankfully, the answer is yes! You can apply for a VA jumbo loan. Jumbo Loan Defined A jumbo loan is for a...

October 24th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Government Loans, VA Loans, Jumbo Loans for Veterans

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Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

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