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The Benefits of Pre-qualifying for a Mortgage

March 23, 2021

Before you get too caught up in the excitement of researching neighborhoods, pinning down your wish list and clicking your way through your local MLS site, you might want to consider taking this simple, time-saving, disappointment-preventing step: pre-qualifying for a mortgage. In this article, we outline all the benefits of this important step.

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Holiday Shopping Tips for Homebuyers

November 18, 2020

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals may be calling your name, but if you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll want to keep two objectives firmly in focus: protecting your credit and spending sensibly. Here are some dos and don’ts to help keep you on track. Keep your cash reserves healthy. Having cash on hand is a good idea at any stage of your home search. It’s a buffer that can save you from late payment dings on your credit report. It’s the…

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5 Resources for Navigating Mortgage Options

September 4, 2020

With so many available mortgage options, it can be confusing to know which path is right for you. The following online resources can help you understand the differences between loan types and answer other questions that may arise when financing your dream home. Fannie Mae® This site has information on everything from estimating mortgage payments to general homeownership education. We especially like the Homebuying Myths vs. Facts section. Be sure to also check out the resources tab. Freddie Mac® The Tools & Resources section of…

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5 Questions to Ask When You’re Choosing a Mortgage Lender

July 8, 2020

Before you’re handed the keys to your dream home, you’ll have to pick a mortgage lender to help with your homebuying journey. But how do you find the right one? Here are five key questions that can help you narrow down your lender options and choose the one that makes your homebuying process as smooth as possible. What are my loan options? A good mortgage lender won’t simply list off all the various types of loans, they’ll help you determine which loan works best for…

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