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Understand your options, features, and costs of a home loan before speaking with a lender, and ensure you will get the best loan for your finances.

  • First-Time Buyer

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Buying a home can be scary, especially when doing so for the first time. In addition to finding the right neighborhood and home, working with a real estate agent, and signing all the paperwork, you’ll need to take out a loan. Procuring a loan can be a challenge in itself;...

  • Home Buying Basics

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Buying a home can be one of the biggest challenges of your life. It involves a lot of time and money, so the decision to buy shouldn't be taken lightly. You'll need to understand the very basics of buying a home and all of the steps involved. Once you understand the...

  • Home Buying Overview

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Buying a home is no simple feat. It is a very long and expensive, not to mention stressful, process. But before you buy a home, or even start looking, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the main steps toward home ownership. Follow the information below, and you'll be...

  • Conventional Loans

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    When looking for a mortgage to buy a home, you'll be met with many options. There are several different types of mortgage loans available to you – fixed rate, adjustable rate, and balloon mortgages are just a few of them. Conventional loans are another type. Though it may be...

  • Private Mortgage Insurance

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Down payments for a new home ideally are around 20% of the total cost of the home . For many, that is an overwhelming amount of money to have to pay at once. You might be thinking that, since you can’t shell out that kind of cash, you’re never going to be able to get a...

  • Bad Credit Lending

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Bad credit is a problem that many people face. If you have filed for bankruptcy or been marked for nonpayment (delinquency) on any debt for 60 days of the last two years or 30 days of the last year, chances are you’re going to have difficulty securing a standard home loan....

  • Home Loan FAQs

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 15, 2010

    Getting a home loan isn’t simple. The complexity of the process means that there are a lot of different things for you to consider. Out of this, many questions arise. The following are some of the most common questions, along with a brief answer for each. For more details...

  • Documents You Need to Be Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on January 6, 2014

    Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is the first official step in the lengthy process of finding and buying a home, and it's also one of the most important ones. First-time homebuyers , filled with the excitement of beginning the home buying process, will often enter the bank...

  • How to Get Approved for a Mortgage

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 13, 2014

    This guide will tell you what to expect before applying for a mortgage and provide tips and information on how to get approved before looking for a home.

  • How to Compare Lenders to Find the Best Rate

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 13, 2014

    Comparing mortgage lenders doesn't have to be difficult. Read on for tips on what to pay attention to and how to find the mortgage lender that’s right for you.

  • Understanding the Mortgage Pre-Approval Process

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 16, 2014

    When shopping for your home, being pre-approved for a mortgage can make the entire experience a lot easier. This guide will help you understand the mortgage pre-approval process, making you better prepared when the time comes to sign on the dotted line. Pre-approved vs....

  • How to Improve Your Credit Score to Buy a House

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on April 8, 2013

    If you're on the market for a new home , a bad credit score can stop your plan it its tracks. While good efforts over time is the only way to significantly improve your credit score, there are many ways to help expedite the process. Read on for tips to increase your chances of...

  • How to Calculate a Mortgage Payment

    Staff Writer  Posted by Staff Writer on September 11, 2018

    Determining your mortgage, or monthly house payment, is an important factor in deciding what kind of a house you can actually afford. Mortgages are incredibly common. 65 percent of all homeowners in the US were paying off a mortgage in 2017. You can use our mortgage calculator...

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