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VA Loans: What to Know and How to Apply
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The VA loan is arguably one of the best incentives tied to military service. Despite being an incredible home-purchasing tool, many of those eligible to utilize it are not aware of all of its benefits…

Mortgage Relief: What Is Forbearance?
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The stress of a looming mortgage payment can feel crushing when finances take a downturn. In response, many homeowners begin searching for relief options until they can get back on their feet. Forbearance is a…

How Do Interest Rates Affect My Purchase Power?
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Nothing affects a home’s affordability more than interest rates. After all, we live with the monthly payment, not the amount of the loan. The higher your mortgage rate is, the higher your monthly payments are…

Is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Necessary?
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Do you need a mortgage pre-approval letter to make an offer on a house? You know you need to get your ducks in a row before looking at homes, but does that include securing a…

Things to Remember
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  The are many factors that can change your ability to qualify for a mortgage. It’s important to follow these guidelines until your loan is closed. Do Pay all your monthly bills on time Keep…

The Factors That Determine Your Mortgage Interest Rate
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When you take out a mortgage to buy a home, you pay interest over the years. So what determines that rate? Obviously, your credit history probably plays the biggest role, but there are other factors…

6 Tips for Selling Your Home Faster
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If you’re ready to sell your house, then it’s time to get to work! Putting your house on the market takes a lot more than just sticking a “For Sale” sign in the front yard…

Top Tax Benefits of Owning a Home
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Owning a home will often be the most expensive and important purchase you will make in your life. To encourage home ownership, the IRS has provided several tax breaks for owning a home. Deductions lower…

Credit Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
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When applying for a mortgage loan, your credit will be one of the key factors in whether you’re approved, and it will help determine your interest rate and possibly the loan terms. It’s a good…

Grants & Down Payment Assistance Programs
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A 2017 Zillow survey of 10,000 American adults found that two-in-three people who were then renting identified saving for a down payment as their biggest obstacle to homeownership. If you want to become a homeowner,…

Understanding Cash-Out Refinances
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  If you’ve built up significant equity through your monthly payments and your home’s appreciation, a cash-out refinance may make sense to improve your general financial situation or the value of your home. With a…

Conforming & VA Loan Limit Changes for 2020
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FHFA Announced Increase in Conforming Loan Limits for 2020 The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it is raising the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to more than $510,000. In most…

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You’re so close to being a homeowner or refinancing to meet your financial goals.

Have Questions or Want to Discuss Your Options?

Zak Rhodes

Loan Officer
NMLS ID #: 1922378

M: (571) 235-7973
O: (571) 830-2853

12700 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033

Zak Rhodes

Loan Officer
NMLS ID #: 1922378

M: (571) 235-7973
O: (571) 830-2853

12700 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033