Home Buying Tips and Purchase Considerations

National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

By Tara Mastroeni / March 2, 2022
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If you don’t have much experience with credit, the idea of learning how to build up a credit score from scratch can seem intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By following a few simple tips, you can…

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A Dynamic Duo for Homebuyers: Approved to Move™ and Guaranteed On-Time Closing

A Dynamic Duo for Homebuyers: Approved to Move™ and Guaranteed On-Time Closing

By Aly Yale / February 9, 2022
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Today’s hot housing market is challenging for homebuyers. In most areas, bidding wars are the norm, and buyers are forced to waive inspections, increase their offers, and take other drastic steps just to get noticed.  This can sometimes mean exceeding…

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Home Loan

By Tara Mastroeni / January 28, 2022
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If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard someone tell you to get pre-approved for a home loan. However, you may not know what a pre-approval is or how to get a letter of your own. In…

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What Is a Mortgage Loan?

What Is a Mortgage Loan?

By Aly Yale / January 21, 2022
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A mortgage is a type of loan used to purchase a home.  Since most homebuyers do not have hundreds of thousands in cash on hand, the majority of consumers use mortgage loans to purchase their properties. This allows them to…

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How to Shop Around for a Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide

How to Shop Around for a Mortgage: A Step-By-Step Guide

By Tara Mastroeni / January 17, 2022
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If you’re thinking about buying a home in the near future, you’ve likely heard the phrase, “shop around for a mortgage” before. But, do you really know what it means to shop around for a home loan? If you don’t,…

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How to Create Your Dream Home Checklist

How to Create Your Dream Home Checklist

By Aly Yale / January 15, 2022
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Having a detailed checklist is critical when you’re a home buyer. Not only can it ensure you snag your dream home, but it can also speed up the overall process, making your home search easier, more efficient, and more effective…

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What's the Deal with Seller Love Letters?

What’s the Deal with Seller Love Letters?

By Tara Mastroeni / January 10, 2022
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If you’ve been in real estate circles before, you’ve likely heard about “seller love letters.” These letters are meant to add a personal touch to a buyer’s offer. However, they’ve recently been cause for controversy in the real estate industry.…

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Mortgage Rates Might Rise Next Year: What to Do Now

Mortgage Rates Might Rise Next Year: What to Do Now

By Aly Yale / December 1, 2021
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Most experts expect mortgage rates to rise next year. It’s a combination of a few factors, including inflation, Federal Reserve policy, and more.  But according to the pros, we should see rates in the high 3% range by the end…

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The Top 6 Mortgage Mistakes Buyers Should Avoid When Applying for a Home Loan

The Top 6 Mortgage Mistakes Buyers Should Avoid When Applying for a Home Loan

By Tara Mastroeni / October 13, 2021
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Applying for a mortgage can seem like a daunting process. In light of that, we’ve taken the liberty of laying out six mortgage mistakes that buyers sometimes make when applying for a home loan. Study up on these mistakes so…

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Need a Bigger Mortgage to Buy a Bigger Home? Here's What to do First

Need a Bigger Mortgage to Buy a Bigger Home? Here’s What to Do First

By Tara Mastroeni / October 1, 2021
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If you’ve been thinking about moving into a bigger home, odds are good that you’re going to need to take out a bigger mortgage in the near future. With that in mind, we have a list of four things that…

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