How to Build Your Home Buying Dream Team

If you are a potential home buyer who is unfamiliar with the industry, it can be overwhelming to know the processes’ inner workings and how it all fits together to take you from the mortgage pre-approval to move-in day at your new house. But, just as with football games, it takes a passionate, competent group of people working together behind the scenes toward a favorable outcome. These people make all the difference because without them, buying a home would be stressful, intimidating, and downright frustrating. Read on to learn who should be on your home buying dream team and how these important players make your home buying experience a positive one.  The 6 People You Need in Your Home Buying Line-Up  The Real Estate Agent  As the person who may hold the key to showing you your dream home, your… Read More

The What, Why, and How to Refinance Your Home Loan

A few months ago, we had a blog Should I Be Refinancing My Home Mortgage? Today, the answer is clear: yes. The current market is prime for refinancing on home mortgage loans. The mortgage refinancing market hinges on further economic data in the global market. However, a major market mover comes biologically. In the midst of growing coronavirus (COVID-19) fears all over the globe, it has investors retreating to safer investments. As average mortgage rates continue to unwind (parallel to the 10-year treasury yield) to recent history record lows, it shapes up to be an opportunity for those with a current mortgage through refinancing. So far, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, refinancing applications are up 165% on the year. What Is Refinancing? Refinancing is a refresh that gives you a new mortgage with lower monthly payments, a lower interest… Read More

Be a Better Home Buyer

Buying a home is a great step for you and your family but also a large financial commitment. When purchasing a home, how do you know you’re getting the best deal? How do you know that agent isn’t taking advantage of you and your money? How do you know that this house is a good investment? All of these thoughts and fears are normal, but the best thing to know is that you’re not alone in this. You have a team of individuals involved in the buying process. Often, deals will include a closing agent, a real estate attorney, a real estate agent, and us, a mortgage loan officer. While it’s a team effort with everyone to make the deal happen, there are key things that you as a home buyer can keep in mind to give you an edge… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Home Equity

Simply put, home equity is the interest a homeowner holds in their property based on the current market value minus what they owe on the home. A basic formula for home equity might look something like this: Home Value – Owed Amount = Home Equity Home equity should always be considered as an asset that can be used in the future, but also never taken for granted. Home equity doesn’t rise overnight either and should be treated as a long-term asset that slowly appreciates. However, home equity can also decrease. There are a couple of ways you can increase and decrease your home equity. Ways to Increase Your Home Equity A larger down payment: The general standard for down payments on a home is 20% of the value, but what if you put down more? Even a one or two… Read More

Should I Be Refinancing My Home Mortgage?

Whether it was just last year or ten years ago, you agreed to a specific market rate and terms to pay off your home mortgage. Since then, a lot may have changed in your life; your job/position, your car, your cell phone, and more. If these items aren’t stagnant, why should your mortgage be? Refinancing your mortgage loan depends on a variety of factors and has to be done based on current market conditions, but it’s safe to say that right now is a great time to explore refinancing your home loan. Factors that Affect Your Decision to Refinance With the Federal Reserve’s two rate cuts this year in July and again in September, interest rates are hard to beat right now. The federal funds rate, which controls costs like mortgages, is now sitting under 2%. According to Freddie Mac,… Read More

Things to Look Out for at an Open House

Whether it’s your first home or not, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when purchasing a home. Attending open houses is a key step in getting a feel for what you like, what you don’t like, what’s on the market, and what’s within your budget. It’s critical to know what to watch out for during each tour considering that the next house you walk into could be your next home. To help you understand what to look out for, here are a few key things to keep in mind  during every open house you attend. Location, Location, Location If you’ve ever watched an episode of House Hunters, you know why we’re covering this as an important thing to keep in mind. As you arrive at an open house, pay close attention to the part of the home you… Read More

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