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Jun 25, 2020 / Mortgages

Is now a good time to buy a home?

As the economy begins to rebound and life starts to get back to normal, many people are still wondering whether now is a good time to buy a home. The short answer is yes. Both 30-year mortgage rates and 15-year mortgage rates are at all-time lows with 30-year rates as low as 2.625% and 15-year…
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May 12, 2020 / Mortgages

Big Benefits of Refinancing Your Mortgage

Mortgage interest rates are hitting historic lows, and homeowners are wondering whether now is good time to refinance. The answer to that question depends on your individual circumstances, but refinancing usually provides at least one of these benefits. Lower Payments If you decide to refinance…
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Apr 07, 2020 / Money Tips

4 Ways to Weather a Financial Storm

Have you ever been outdoors when the weather turned suddenly? The skies darken and the rain starts to pour, and your natural response is to take cover. You want to stay safe and comfortable, and wait for the weather to improve. The same applies to…
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Jun 11, 2019 / Home Equity

What is a Jumbo Loan?

If you’re in the market for a home with a mortgage over the traditional home loan limit of $484,350, you may also be in the market for a jumbo loan. Other than sounding somewhat intimidating, a jumbo loan is different from a traditional home mortgage…
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Sep 18, 2018 / Mortgages

How Does a Home Refinance Work?

A lot goes into buying a home. You have your list of needs and wants, and even a few things you ultimately decide you can live without. It’s not an exact science for sure, but you do the best you can with what’s available on…
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Sep 12, 2018 / Money Tips

How a Loan Calculator Can Help You Find the Perfect Home

In the search for the perfect home, everyone has their list of must-haves. From location and home size to neighborhood and number of bedrooms, the perfect home means something different to every buyer. But while one person’s must-haves are another person’s indifference, buying the perfect…
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Jul 24, 2018 / Homes

Understanding the Differences Between an FHA Loan and Conventional Loan

Most homeowners will tell you that searching for a new home is an exciting time, right up until you start looking into mortgage loans. Confusing terminology and differences in loan options leave many would-be homeowners scratching their heads and looking for help. Luckily, by taking…
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Jun 26, 2018 / Homes

5 Factors That Determine Mortgage Interest Rates

For most people, a home is the biggest purchase of their lives. And with prices starting in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, fractional differences in interest rates can have a huge effect on how much home you can afford. As you shop around for…
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Jun 12, 2018 / Homes

How Much Should I Put Down on a New Home?

The sticker shock of buying a new home can be extreme. On top of the actual purchase price—which likely includes several more digits than just about anything you’ve ever purchased—you’ll have to pay insurance expenses, closing costs, property taxes, utility and repair expenses, and the…
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May 29, 2018 / Homes

5 Common Questions of First-Time Homebuyers

Buying a home is a big decision. From researching the market to applying for a loan and actually making an offer, a lot goes into buying a home. And, the process can be especially complicated for first-time homebuyers. If you’re gearing up to buy your…
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