Want a VA Loan? Don’t Settle for Any Old Lender

The VA Home Loan Program was introduced at the end of World War II to help the returning men and women who served in the armed forces (and their surviving spouses) buy a home. The program provides easy access to mortgage loans for both purchase and refinance. It streamlines the mortgage application process and offers [...]

By |2018-07-11T15:01:22+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Veterans|Tags: , |

Buying a Home? There’s an App for That

Technology has made homebuying immensely easier. Not too long ago, you could only find home listings through a real estate agent. The agent would comb listings, forwarding ones they thought would fit the bill, potentially only sending the ones that meant the highest commission fee. In short, buyers had much less control over their shopping [...]

By |2018-07-09T12:06:30+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Purchase, Technology|Tags: , |

5 Things Your Home Inspector Isn’t Looking for

A home inspection is designed to be pretty thorough. It covers everything from the foundation, roof, and flooring to plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. By the time it’s over, you should have a clear picture of your home’s condition. Still, a home inspector isn’t an expert in everything. And because of this, there are a [...]

By |2018-07-03T15:49:26+00:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

4 Tips for Helping Your Kids Adjust to Moving into a New House

Moving into a new house is hard on everyone. Aside from the packing, unpacking, and physical labor aspect of it, there’s also a lot of emotion involved. You’re closing one chapter and opening another. You’re leaving behind memories and friends. Your everyday life is changing. It can be a lot to take in — especially [...]

By |2018-06-28T11:14:28+00:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , |

5 Great Places to Buy a Vacation Home for Summer Getaways

You don’t have to break the bank to buy a vacation home. In fact, there are dozens of places across the U.S. where you can find an affordable summer getaway property. Think about it: A place to spend your spring breaks, summers, holidays, and long weekends. What could be better? Considering investing in a vacation home? [...]

By |2018-06-19T16:13:18+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Home, Purchase|Tags: , , |

Make Your Offer on a House Stand Out from the Rest

Navigating the mortgage approval process can be challenging, and at first glance it can seem like a lot of work. Because of this, it's not unusual for some buyers to procrastinate. They're anxious to get started with those walk-throughs and open houses and tell themselves they'll worry about the mortgage details later. In this current [...]

By |2018-05-23T12:04:25+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase|Tags: , , |

What to Expect at an Open House

Open houses can be a great way to tour potential properties in a laid-back, low-pressure way. Often held on weekends, they’re easy to attend and won’t interfere with work or family obligations. You can also typically come and go as you please — no appointments necessary — and you can bring friends, spouses, or kids [...]

By |2018-05-21T12:56:06+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , |

What Is a USDA Loan?

One government-backed loan that doesn't get a lot of attention, but features a number of great benefits, is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Guaranteed Home Loan. According to their website, the USDA provides approved lenders a 90% loan guarantee so that they in turn can offer rural homebuyers of, "low and [...]

By |2018-05-18T13:16:38+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase, Refinance|Tags: , |

A Guide to Your First Off-Base Home

Buying your first home is always exciting, but when you’re used to the outdated, old, and not-so-glamorous properties on military bases? The venture is even more exhilarating. For the first time, you have full control over where you live, what your home looks like, and what your future holds. The possibilities are endless. Still, as [...]

By |2018-06-26T02:22:00+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Purchase, Veterans|Tags: , , |

2018 Housing Market Do’s and Don’ts

The 2018 housing market will not differ significantly from what we saw in 2017. Interest rates remain on the rise, but more concerning are rising home prices and a continued shortage of properties for homebuyers to choose from. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a home in this selling season, though. It simply means you [...]

By |2018-06-12T01:43:55+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Purchase|Tags: , , |

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