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Buying a Home

The Facts on Closing Costs

February 26, 2017

Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs and how they will affect your home purchase. What are closing costs? Closing costs, or settlement costs, are one-time expenses charged in connection with the origination of your loan. They cover additional costs like loan origination fees, loan discount points, appraisal fees, title search fees, title insurance premiums, survey fees, transfer taxes,…

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Buying a Home, Financing & Insuring

5 Signs You’re Ready to Buy a New Home Now

November 8, 2016
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Think you may be ready to write your last rent check or upgrade to that larger home you’ve had your eye on? Following are five signs that could indicate that now is the right time for you to buy a new home.   You have good credit. Your credit score can affect your ability to get approved for a mortgage and impact your interest rate. Generally, the higher the score, the better the rate. So, if you want to qualify for lower monthly payments, it’s…

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Financing & Insuring

What is an FHA Loan?

August 17, 2016
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If you’re buying your first home, you’ve probably already heard that an FHA loan is THE loan for you. While it’s true that FHA-insured mortgages are an attractive option for many new buyers, it’s not the only option—and FHA loans are not just for first-time homebuyers! Check out our FHA FAQ below, then be sure to check out our articles about the other mortgage options on the market. How do I get a home loan from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)? You don’t! The FHA…

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Buying a Home

New Year’s Resolution: Saving for a Down Payment

January 5, 2016

It’s a new year, and you know what that means. It time, once again, for resolutions. If you resolve to leave your landlord behind—or to move into a larger, more luxurious home—this year, you may have to provide a down payment of up to 20 percent of the home’s sale price, which can be challenging. Here are some strategies to help put you on the path to homeownership. Know your numbers. The first step in saving for a down payment is establishing your budget. Examine…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Using Gift Funds to Buy a Home

August 5, 2015

Whether you’re buying your first home or your tenth, you may find you need a little help coming up with a down payment or closing costs. If you’re fortunate enough to have someone who’d like to contribute to your homeownership goals, this FAQ is for you!  What kinds of loans allow you to use gift funds (for the purchase of a single-family primary residence)? FHA loans: Gift funds may be used for up to 100% of down payment and/or closing costs. VA loans: You may…

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