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Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

Even as demand for mortgage loans has ramped up since the coronavirus crisis began, some aspects of the home loan market have changed. With millions of homeowners applying for mortgage forbearance, lenders have had to take measures to mitigate possible future losses. Some borrowers are seeing higher credit score requirements, for example. Fortunately, one of the things that has not changed for first-time home buyers is the ability to use down payment assistance programs. Saving up for an initial down payment was a monumental task for first-time buyers before COVID-19 with limited inventory ...

July 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Is Down Payment Assistance Still Available During COVID-19?

Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

For Americans living and working in the nation’s most expensive real estate markets, homeownership can seem like the impossible dream. Prices are high and options can be limited. It may feel like home values rise faster than your ability to save up for a down payment. Although the process may look different than in other parts of the country, becoming a first-time homebuyer in a pricey area is possible. Here are some suggestions for making that dream a reality: Determine Your Budget First, you need to figure out how much home you can afford. That number needs to be determined by yo...

July 1st, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Buying a First Home in an Expensive Area

How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

Getting pre-approved before shopping for a new home is a smart idea, but what if you don’t find the right home quickly? How long does that pre-approval last? Pre-approval Defined Before going out with a real estate agent to look for the perfect property, it is wise to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This means allowing the lender to run your credit and take a look at your income and assets to determine how much mortgage funding you qualify for. A pre-approval gives you a top number for your house budget to help define your search.  It also gives you credibility wit...

May 6th, 2020 | Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

With most of the country on shelter-in-place orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the homebuying process has undergone plenty of changes for those still looking to get into a home of their own. Buyers, sellers and real estate agents have had to make adjustments for the safety of all. If you are in the midst of your home search or ready to start, here’s what you need to know about buying a home during this challenging coronavirus environment. Virtual Shopping & Viewing Agents and sellers have had to get creative during this time of social distancing. Buyers have had...

April 8th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, How to Buy a Home During COVID-19

Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

There is a new trend catching on among younger urban residents: renting in the city and buying a vacation home as their first house purchase. This unconventional approach to first-time homebuying is one way for these buyers to achieve homeownership and all its benefits when they are priced out of their own market.  Real estate prices in most major U.S. cities are rising so high that it is virtually impossible for young professionals to start their home-owning journey within city limits. The creative solution of buying a vacation home while renting a primary residence in the city allows...

February 12th, 2020 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, Should You Buy a Second Home as Your First Home?

4 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Desperate Homebuyer

The housing market moves up and down like the waves of the ocean. It can go from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market in a matter of months. That can be extremely frustrating as a buyer and it might make you start to feel desperate to find something quick. A home purchase is such a huge investment though, that you should guard against lowering your standards or jumping out of your price range. Here are four important tips for keeping yourself from becoming a desperate homebuyer in a seller’s market. 1. Have Your Financing Lined Up Before you even start looking at homes...

January 10th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, 4 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Desperate Homebuyer

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