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Who can qualify for a VA loan?

September 18, 2018

Zero money down.* Limited closing costs. No monthly mortgage insurance premiums. Borrower’s choice of a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage. Sounds nice, right? They’re all potential perks of financing your home with a VA loan, but you have to belong to a very particular subset of homebuyers in order to qualify for one. To assess your eligibility, see if any of the following criteria describes you. ☐ Active member of the military ☐ Military veteran ☐ Served in the Selected Reserves or National Guard for at…

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How to Save Money for a Down Payment: 7 Strategies

September 14, 2018
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Saving for a down payment on a new home might feel daunting, but small daily changes can make a big difference when it comes to setting aside money for a large purchase. We rounded up seven strategies that make it simple to streamline your spending and save up for your dream home—and it’s a lot easier than you think! Shop smart It’s tempting to toss anything that looks good into your grocery cart, but the price of all those products adds up quickly. Instead, plan…

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First Steps for Buying a Home After Foreclosure

August 1, 2018
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It’s already been a decade since the start of the Great Recession, and many former homeowners sidelined by foreclosure are ready to jump back in the market. If you’re one of them, first of all, hooray! Secondly, we’ve listed a few good first steps to help you navigate the process of buying after foreclosure. We hope they help you on your journey back to homeownership. Review foreclosure waiting periods No matter how well you’ve reorganized your finances and reestablished credit, you will probably have a…

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Deciding on a Conventional vs. FHA Home Loan

May 21, 2018

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and conventional (or conforming) home loans have long been the most common mortgage options on the market. But which one is right for you? First, it’s important to clear up a major misconception that an FHA home loan is only for first-time homebuyers. While that’s a myth, it is true is that FHA loans have historically been more attractive to first-time homebuyers due to lower down payment requirements and interest rates. But as you’ll see, the differences between FHA and conventional…

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5 Ways to Help Maintain (or Improve) Your Credit Score

March 3, 2018

Keeping a spotless credit history can be tough, but if you’re hoping to buy a home, maintaining or improving your credit score is well worth the effort. Factors like your FICO® score help lenders determine your creditworthiness, which in turn affects what mortgage rates, loan amounts and terms they can offer you. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do for your credit health. 1. Check your credit regularly and report any errors. Before you can improve your credit, you’ll need to know where you…

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