February Home Sales Jumped to an 11-Month High

It’s good to get data from all over. But somehow when you get it from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it seems even more official.

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A MORE BALANCED REAL ESTATE MARKET MAY BE IN OUR FUTURE!

The real estate tide is turning, according to Fortune Magazine’s Chris Morris. What was once a seller's market, complete with frenzied offers and multiple bidding, is beginning to smooth a bit, becoming what Realtors refer to as a “balanced market” where homes stay on the market a tad longer, and buyers actually have a chance to negotiate.

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Mortgage Q&A with Rick Episode 1

15 vs 30, tricks with PMI, buying down your interest rate and when to lock in

As I start these episodes, I'm reminded of the encouragement I got from an employee of mine. He told me that I give a lot of great advice and have been blessed with much wisdom in my field... that it's a shame to not have it all written down somewhere for others to learn from. It's for that purpose, I've been intent on including in this blog advice I give to my clients, team and business partners during my time as a loan officer.

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Things to Consider When Buying a Condo Using Your VA Benefits

Condo living can provide a convenient and affordable alternative to renting or purchasing a single-family residence. But before you commit to buying a condo with your VA benefits, here are four key things to do:

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How Our Full Pre-Approval Program Can Make Your Home-Buying Offers More Appealing to Sellers

In the last five years, climbing housing prices and rising federal interest rates have fueled a housing market gold rush as more people race to buy homes while they still can. With homebuyer confidence at an all-time high and the number of available properties steadily declining, bidding wars have become a common part of the homebuying process. Today’s sellers are flush with offers and have the luxury of being more discerning when selling.

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What Should You Do When You Want to Buy a Home But Have Been Turned Down by a Lender?

When you’re intent on buying a home and actively thinking about the future, being turned down by a lender can feel devastating. Just because you were denied a loan doesn’t mean that your home owning dreams are over. Learn what steps to take to keep things moving in the right direction.

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What are the Factors That Impact Your Interest Rate?

It’s no secret that a lower interest rate can mean significant savings over the life of your mortgage. Although interest rates are largely dictated by market performance, there are other factors that influence the rate you receive. When comparing your loan options, it helps to know how your interest rate was derived and what mistakes to avoid when shopping around.

In addition to market performance, home loan interest rates are influenced by six major factors: loan amount, loan type, loan duration, discount points, closing costs, and credit score.

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Stop Renting, Start Owning: Analyzing the Real Cost of Renting

If you’re new to the housing market, making the switch from renting to owning can seem like a daunting and distant dream. It’s easy to get hung up on a six-figure listing price and harder to reconcile how that cost will look on a short- and long-term scale. Renting is often thought to be a more affordable housing option, but when you compare the long-term costs of renting against those of owning, buying often proves to be the savvier option.

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[Infographic] The Quick and Easy Process to Securing a Mortgage

Securing a loan for your dream home can be a quick and easy process—if you know your mortgage milestones. In this easy to follow infographic, we walk you through the steps that any home buyer needs to take to get their loan approved so they can close on their new home.

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How Do You Know If You Should Refinance Your Mortgage?

Many lenders talk about the benefits of refinancing, but how do you determine if refinancing your mortgage is the right decision in the context of your personal and financial situation?

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