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Financing & Insuring

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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Buying a Home

Ways to Jumpstart Your House Hunt Online

March 27, 2020
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Good news (and we could all use some right about now)! Not everyone can make it out to a sales center at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your home search on hold. Regardless of current circumstances, you can ramp up your house hunt right now, from the comfort of your couch. And when the dust settles, you’ll be that much closer to closing on your dream home. We’ve mapped out three ways to jumpstart your house hunt online. All pajama…

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Life at Home

Most Popular Blog Stories on Social Media

September 9, 2019
Mexican couple hanging out in Coffeeshop.

We love our blog, and we thoroughly enjoy sharing home-focused articles on social media! In honor of Homeward’s eighth anniversary, we’ve compiled this year’s most popular blog stories (according to our audiences on social media). Preparing for a Move: How to Declutter & Minimize This blog was written in 2017, but it remains a fan favorite! Moving can definitely be a daunting prospect; be sure to check out this article for tips on preparing for a move. Your 2-month Moving Checklist When you’ve finished decluttering…

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Financing & Insuring

Online Tools to Improve Credit

January 21, 2019

An acceptable credit score is one of the keys to getting your home loan application approved. Mortgage lenders have historically used FICO® scores—derived from data collected by one or more of the three major credit bureaus—as a major factor in determining whether you qualify for a mortgage. Different mortgage lenders can approve or deny loans based on their own risk tolerance, but anything below a “good” range may significantly decrease your odds of loan approval—and of a favorable interest rate if you are approved. So, what…

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Financing & Insuring

How to Use a Mortgage Calculator

January 9, 2019

Mortgage calculators are an underappreciated example of how the web has made home shopping easier, smarter and flashier. OK, maybe not flashier, but definitely easier and smarter, as they can provide quick insights into whether you’re able to afford a mortgage, and if so, what you’ll want or need for a down payment, monthly payment, etc. Check your borrower profile below to see which mortgage calculators you might find useful. Keep in mind, however, that while these will give you good ballpark figures, they won’t…

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