Tag Archives: buy a home

How Do You Shop Around for a Mortgage?

Part of Homebuying 101

Does shopping for a mortgage get your nerves in a tangle or give you little fizzes of excitement?  The reality of shopping for a mortgage is that it will feel different than poking through online listings, driving around suitable neighborhoods…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

Home Appraisal Checklist for Success

Part of Homebuying 101

When you plan to sell your home, you will most likely want to get as much money out of the sale as possible.  But how do you do that? Your buyer’s mortgage lender orders a home appraisal, which is the…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

Single-Family Homes: Everything You Need to Know

Part of Homebuying 101

What do you envision when you think of homeownership? Arriving home to a bustling condo or townhome community and waving to a friendly neighbor in an adjoining unit? Pulling your car into your own home on a parcel of land…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How Much Down Payment to Buy a House?

Part of Homebuying 101

When you want to buy a home, you may not know all the details involved, including how much of a down payment you need.  When it comes to mastering a task, such as learning to ride a bike or learning…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

When Does a Mortgage Pre-approval Expire?

Part of Homebuying 101

Can you think of one of the earliest and most important steps involved in getting a mortgage? If you guessed getting a mortgage pre-approval, you’re right. You may think that getting a pre-approval involves mounds of paperwork and a deep…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How Much of Your Income Should You Spend on Your Mortgage?

Part of Homebuying 101

What percentage of income should go to mortgage payments?  It’s a good question, particularly when you’re ready to buy a home for the first time. Just like other important financial decisions, you want your monthly mortgage payment to fit seamlessly…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

What Credit Score is Required to Buy a House?

Part of Homebuying 101

When you’re getting ready to buy a house, your lender will want to see your credit score, a three-digit number that represents how well you pay back debt.  Before you apply for a mortgage, keep in mind that your credit…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

How Much Are Closing Costs?

Part of Homebuying 101

As a potential brand-new homeowner, your first thoughts might turn toward the amount you’ll pay for your monthly mortgage payments. But have you considered how much you’ll have to pay for the down payment or closing costs for your home…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...

What is a Mortgage? A Guide for Beginners in 2022

Part of Homebuying 101

Getting a mortgage may seem like a complex task with many layers and steps involved. However, the first step to breaking down the process involves answering the most basic question: “What is a mortgage?” Understanding the very basics of mortgages…

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Get HomeReady: An Affordable Mortgage Program You Might Have Missed

It’s not easy being a homebuyer in today’s market. If low inventory and high home prices weren’t enough, once record-low mortgage rates have risen to levels not seen since 2008. It’s enough to inspire anyone to consider all sorts of...