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How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

Getting pre-approved before shopping for a new home is a smart idea, but what if you don’t find the right home quickly? How long does that pre-approval last? Pre-approval Defined Before going out with a real estate agent to look for the perfect property, it is wise to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This means allowing the lender to run your credit and take a look at your income and assets to determine how much mortgage funding you qualify for. A pre-approval gives you a top number for your house budget to help define your search.  It also gives you credibility wit...

May 6th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

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How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

With most of the country on shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the homebuying process has undergone plenty of changes for those still looking to get into a home of their own. Buyers, sellers and real estate agents have had to make adjustments for the safety of all. If you are in the midst of your home search or ready to start, here’s what you need to know about buying a home during this challenging coronavirus environment. Virtual Shopping & Viewing Agents and sellers have had to get creative during this time of social distancing. Buyers have had...

April 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

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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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