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First Time Homebuyer

3 Keys to Buying a Home
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Mortgage guidelines for first-time homebuyers have changed over recent years. In order to ensure loan approval, you need to have everything in order before your application. Credit Credit is very important for the first-time homebuyer. An FHA loan allows a lower credit score, sometimes as…

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Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-approval
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Two often confused terms in the home buying process are a mortgage loan pre-qualification and a home loan pre-approval. Here’s what you really need to know about each one. Pre-Qualification A mortgage pre-qualification is simply an estimate of how much home you can afford and…

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What’s the Point?
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Your financial house is in order and you’re ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality. Now it’s time to get a mortgage. So what are these so called “points” and is there a point in paying them? A “point” equals one percent of…

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To Do After Closing On Your Home
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After you finish signing at the closing of your new home, you’re handed the keys and the house is officially yours! But, there some things you should do to make sure the transition from your old place to your new address goes as smoothly as…

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