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Did You Know? Why a Mortgage Pre-qualification Meeting Might Be Your Best Use of 5 Minutes

Did You Know? Why a Mortgage Pre-qualification Meeting Might Be Your Best Use of 5 Minutes

If you’re in the market for a mortgage, you may want to set up a pre-qualification meeting with a bank or lender. Even if you’re not sure which lender you’d like to apply for a mortgage with, pre-qualification can still be a valuable step to take. And given that it only takes a few minutes, it’s something every potential homeowner can do.

By November 10, 2015 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 09, 2015

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 09, 2015

Last week’s economic reports included releases on construction spending and several labor-related reports including ADP payrolls, Non-Farm payrolls, average hourly earnings and weekly jobless claims. Freddie Mac reported that mortgage rates rose as the national unemployment rate decreased to 5.00 percent.

By November 9, 2015 Read More →
How Are Pre-Qualifying And Pre-Approval Different?

How Are Pre-Qualifying And Pre-Approval Different?

How Are Pre-Qualifying And Pre-Approval Different? Watch this video and it’ll make sense. Pre-qualification is an informal way to see how much you maybe able to borrow – but not a commitment by a lender.

By November 6, 2015 Read More →
What Are the Advantages to Paying off Your Mortgage Early? Here Are a Few That Might Entice You

What Are the Advantages to Paying off Your Mortgage Early? Here Are a Few That Might Entice You

If you’re looking into fixed term mortgages, you might be wondering whether there’s any reason why you should take the full term to pay off the loan. In a lot of cases, paying off a mortgage before it comes due is a great decision. If you’re considering paying off your mortgage early, you’ll experience a variety of benefits – here are just a few of them.

By November 5, 2015 Read More →
Find Something Wrong During a Home Inspection? How to Discuss Repairs or Defects with a Seller

Find Something Wrong During a Home Inspection? How to Discuss Repairs or Defects with a Seller

When it comes to selling a home, it is a common belief that once the offer is accepted, there is nothing else to be negotiated. However, issues and obstacles that can arise during the home inspection can be a cause for discussion with the seller. Here are some tips in the event that the home inspection isn’t up to par.

By November 4, 2015 Read More →
Looking to Close Faster? Follow This Easy Guide to Speeding Up the Mortgage Process

Looking to Close Faster? Follow This Easy Guide to Speeding Up the Mortgage Process

If you’re buying a home, you’ll want to try to get your mortgage processed as quickly as possible. Improperly filed mortgage applications are one of the biggest reasons why home sales get delayed, and if you have a hard move-out date already set, it’s critical that your mortgage process goes smoothly.

By November 3, 2015 Read More →
What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 2, 2015

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – November 2, 2015

A number of economic reports released last week indicate mixed economic progress. The 20-City Home Price Index showed that August home prices rose, but New Home Sales dropped in September. The Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve indicated that it may reserve the target federal funds range at its next meeting in December.

By November 2, 2015 Read More →
The Top 5 Home Features That Buyers Are Hunting For This Fall

The Top 5 Home Features That Buyers Are Hunting For This Fall

Whether you’re getting prepared to buy a new home or just curious about upcoming trends in housing, there are a bevy of features gaining momentum on the real estate market. From top to bottom and room to room, here are five popular features that home buyers will be sure to notice this fall.

By October 30, 2015 Read More →
Buying in a New Community: How to Meet and Make Friends with Your New Neighbors

Buying in a New Community: How to Meet and Make Friends with Your New Neighbors

One of the stresses of moving to a new area is giving up the familiarity that you have with your old neighbors and starting from scratch. Whether you’ve just moved to a different locale or you’re planning to relocate in the near future, there are some easy ways that you can make a home of your new neighborhood right from the start.

By October 29, 2015 Read More →
Case-Shiller: August Home Prices Accelerate

Case-Shiller: August Home Prices Accelerate

According to the Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index, U.S. home prices increased by 0.40 percent in August, which boosted year-over-year home price growth to 5.10 percent. Denver, Colorado continued to lead in home price gains with a monthly increase of 0.90 percent and a year-over-year gain of 10.70 percent. San Francisco, California also posted a year-over-year gain of 10.70 percent, but posted a month-to-month loss of -0.10 percent. Portland, Oregon posted a year-over-year gain of 9.40 percent with a month-to-month gain of 1.10 percent.

By October 28, 2015 Read More →