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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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What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

When you bought your house, the fees you paid included the closing costs for your mortgage, your down payment, and maybe some mortgage points. Now that you are ready to sell, there are a few more costs that you need to anticipate. In fact, according to Realtor.com, sellers often pay between 6% -10% of the sale price in fees and commissions. Real Estate Agent Commission Fees It is customary for home sellers to pay both the seller’s and the buyer’s real estate agent commission fees out of the proceeds of the sale. The standard rate is 3% for each, totally 6% of the sales price ...

January 15th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, What Costs Can I Expect as a Home Seller?

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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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What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

Freddie Mac has announced the creation of a new home renovation loan program called the CHOICERenovation Mortgage.  This product is replacing Freddie Mac’s previous Renovation Mortgage and is very similar to Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation and the FHA’s 203k loan. It offers many benefits to borrowers looking to make updates to their properties. How Does It Work? The CHOICERenovation Mortgage breaks from its predecessor by eliminating the need for Interim Construction Finance and allows borrowers to take out one loan at closing to pay for both the home purchase an...

August 28th, 2019 | Home Renovation Loans, What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

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What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

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Happy 4th of July

We want to wish you a Happy Fourth of July! It is because of clients like you who believe in this great country and the dream of homeownership that we have reason to celebrate. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776

July 3rd, 2019 | Mortgages, Happy 4th of July

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