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Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

There are millions of potential U.S. homebuyers sitting on the sidelines wondering if it is smart to buy their first house in the midst of a global pandemic. Unemployment is the highest it's ever been, COVID-19 cases are still rising in many places, and home prices remain steep. And yet, great opportunities can often arise in the middle of economic turmoil. This may be a great time to become a first-time homebuyer. Timeframe One of the biggest concerns right now for many first-timers is whether the housing market will hold its value or if we’re in for a big crash as the coronav...

September 23rd, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

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Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

When potential buyers are ready to begin their dreams of homeownership, they often start by looking at real estate listings. The asking prices are the starting point for determining how much home a buyer can afford, but there are plenty of other costs and fees not spelled out in that one number. By looking at all the associated expenses, you can decide if you have enough money to buy a home. Down Payment Most mortgage loans require at least some down payment (VA loans for military are one big exception). A conventional loan an require as much as 20% down. For a $250,000 home, a 20% dow...

August 12th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Do You Have Enough Money to Buy a House?

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Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

For Americans living and working in the nation’s most expensive real estate markets, homeownership can seem like the impossible dream. Prices are high and options can be limited. It may feel like home values rise faster than your ability to save up for a down payment. Although the process may look different than in other parts of the country, becoming a first-time homebuyer in a pricey area is possible. Here are some suggestions for making that dream a reality: Determine Your Budget First, you need to figure out how much home you can afford. That number needs to be determined by yo...

July 1st, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

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How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

Getting pre-approved before shopping for a new home is a smart idea, but what if you don’t find the right home quickly? How long does that pre-approval last? Pre-approval Defined Before going out with a real estate agent to look for the perfect property, it is wise to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This means allowing the lender to run your credit and take a look at your income and assets to determine how much mortgage funding you qualify for. A pre-approval gives you a top number for your house budget to help define your search.  It also gives you credibility wit...

May 6th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

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How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

With most of the country on shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the homebuying process has undergone plenty of changes for those still looking to get into a home of their own. Buyers, sellers and real estate agents have had to make adjustments for the safety of all. If you are in the midst of your home search or ready to start, here’s what you need to know about buying a home during this challenging coronavirus environment. Virtual Shopping & Viewing Agents and sellers have had to get creative during this time of social distancing. Buyers have had...

April 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

Mortgage lenders love to see borrowers with consistent, steady incomes. But not all borrowers have jobs that send a paycheck every two weeks. Of course there are plenty of self-employed entrepreneurs, but there are also people who are depend on tips for income, those who get paid by contract and also individuals who work per diem or on call. All of these situations can make it very challenging to provide proof of the steady income that mortgage lenders adore.  Fortunately, those with more creative incomes can still qualify for a home loan and it is getting easier. For example, in recen...

October 10th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, Conventional Loans, How to Qualify for a Mortgage When Your Income Isn’t Steady

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