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3 confusing parts of your closing disclosure—demystified!
February 19, 2020

It’s just a few days before your loan is scheduled to close. Your lender suddenly sends you their closing disclosure: a hefty document that highlights the terms of your loan and all the costs that come with it. At a...

A look at the differences between mortgage brokers and lenders
February 12, 2020

The mortgage industry is filled with jargon that can overwhelm and confuse the best of us.  Perhaps no two terms are easier to muddle than mortgage broker and mortgage lender. Understanding their differences and where they overlap can be a...

APR vs interest rate: Breaking down their key differences
February 11, 2020

Whenever you evaluate loan options, one of the first things you’ll see is each of their interest rates and annual percentage rates (APR). It’s easy to conflate the two. After all, they’re both shown as percentages, and their figures are...

A Homebuyer’s Guide to Decoding Mortgage Acronyms
February 4, 2020

The first time you buy a home, you’ll probably run across a fair number of mortgage-industry terms that you haven’t encountered before. If you find yourself stumbling a bit on terms you don’t know or acronyms you don’t understand, you’re...

4 steps every homebuyer should follow when getting a mortgage
January 26, 2020

We wanted to thank our friends over at Lemonade—a licensed insurance carrier that offers homeowners and renters insurance powered by AI—for their help in writing this article! The process of searching for and getting a Mortgage might seem confusing and...

Your Final Walkthrough: What to Look For and When to Put on the Brakes
January 15, 2020

You’re almost there, future homeowner! You’ve made a successful offer and sorted out your financing. Your future home appraised well, and it cleared a title search. Now, it’s time for your final walkthrough: one last look around before you officially...

The Psychology of Home Buying: Set Aside Emotions and Focus on the Facts
March 6, 2019

A variety of emotions can motivate homebuyers. Painful factors may include job relocation or a parent moving in due to illness. Some are driven by the hope of promise: an impending family or a dream being realized. One thing most...

4 Ways Millennials are Transitioning from Renting to Buying
March 5, 2019

Millennials are expected to form 20 million new households by 2025. That indicates a major shift for many 18-34-year-olds: from renting to owning a home. Renters typically need to come up with first, last, and security deposit lock in a...

When’s the Best Season to Buy a Home?
March 4, 2019

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Spring and summer months bring an influx of potential homebuyers. In warmer months, the trees are blooming. Birds are singing. You are not shivering and wearing forty-five...

4 Reasons Your Home Offer Was Rejected by the Seller
February 19, 2019

You found the perfect home. You walked over the threshold at the open house, took a good look around, and thought to yourself, you know, I really think this could be it. So you checked out the neighborhood, and researched...