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preparing for a mortgage 101

Preparing for a Mortgage 101

February 15, 2018 4:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You’ve paid rent year after year and what do you have to show for it? Zilch. Zero. Nothing. If you’re starting to dream about building equity, now is a great time to make the leap. Interest rates are still low, and real estate prices haven’t started to spike yet. Before you apply to a lender,... View Article


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FHA vs Conventional Loans: How to Choose [Updated for 2018]

November 10, 2017 2:12 pm Published by 1 Comment

Unless you’re already a mortgage expert, picking between an FHA loan and a conventional loan can be tricky. Luckily, we’re about to lay it all out for you—the advantages, the disadvantages, the requirements, and how to choose. If you just want to sit back and relax, our mortgage blogger, Carter Wessman, can walk you through... View Article


HARP Officially Extended Through 2018

September 1, 2017 5:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Federal Housing Financing Agency (or FHFA) recently announced that it will be extending the Home Affordable Refinance Program (or HARP) all the way through December of 2018. Previously, there was speculation that the program–intended to help homeowners who owe more than their home is worth–would be discontinued in 2017 to make room for a... View Article


5 Reasons Zillow Users Trust Total Mortgage

May 23, 2017 3:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Zillow isn’t a mortgage bank, but they still have pretty good taste. So when you ask Zillow for an interest rate quote, they pass your information on to a lender they work with. One of their best-reviewed lenders? Total Mortgage. Here are the top 5 reasons why Zillow users have recommended Total Mortgage. 1. They’ve... View Article


3 Things Lenders Won’t Tell You

May 19, 2017 1:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are some things that even the most reputable lenders don’t really want to advertise. Here are 3 your lender probably doesn’t want you to know. 1. Just because you’re approved for it doesn’t mean you should spend it Getting pre-approved or pre-qualified jumpstarts the loan process and gives you a maximum loan amount to... View Article


5 Reasons Summer 2017 Is the Best Time to Buy

May 16, 2017 11:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is usually the housing industry’s busy season for good reason, but a few things could make 2017 one of the best opportunities to buy for a long time. 1. Housing inventory is shrinking An interesting trend this year? Tightening housing markets. Across the country, inventory has started to drop, and experts don’t see that... View Article


Kardashian Ex Lamar Puts His Home on the Market

May 11, 2017 10:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Lamar Odom, former basketball player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, has put his long-time Miami estate on the market. He originally bought the property in 2003, just before his first and only season playing for the Miami Heat. Over his 14 season career, he went on to play for the Lakers, the Clippers, and the Mavericks and... View Article