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Enjoy a culmination of all things pertaining to your mortgage. First-time home buying, real estate tips, financial advice, and insight into the mortgage industry – we have experts giving you all of the intel.

Realtor Tips for Photographing Listings

Photo by pics721 via ShutterstockHow Agents Can Get Better Listing Photographs Overwhelmingly, homebuyers begin the shopping and research process online. Excellent photography is absolutely necessary to get a property noticed, and selling for the best price. Here are...

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Generate Your Own Leads

Did you know? 90% of homebuyers searched online during their home buying process. So stop paying for cheap leads and start generating your own by capturing leads in their online search with our free custom branded rate search landing page! How It Works 1. Link the...

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5 Effective Ways to Generate Leads

A critical challenge that tons of real estate professionals are dealing with today is generating leads. Here are 5 effective ways to help you produce the leads you're looking for. 1. Advertise In All Formats From digital presence to direct mail, a competitive realtor...

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Best Time of Year to Buy a House

Photo by Romakoma via ShutterstockWhen you’re about to make the biggest purchase of your life, place yourself  in the best buying position possible. If you’re the kind of person who buys winter coats when they go on sale in the summer, you’re certainly going to wonder...

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Tips to Sell Your House Faster

When you’re trying to get out of your current home and move into your dream home, you’ll do just about anything to help sell the house fast, right? Here are a few tips to sell your house faster so you can move on to the next stage of your life. Photo by Andrey Popov...

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Pros and Cons of Buying with a Cosigner

Are you thinking of buying a home with a cosigner? Here are a few pros and cons to going that route. Pros to Buying a House with a Cosigner The first and most obvious advantage you get by having a cosigner is the ability to buy a more expensive home.  For example,...

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Should I Buy a Townhouse

When you’re buying a home you essentially have three options: a single family detached home, a condo, or a townhouse. Let’s take a few minutes to look at the pros and cons of buying a townhouse to see if it’s right for you. Photo by Susan Law Cain via ShutterstockPros...

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How Much Home Can You Afford

Let’s face it - home buying isn’t easy. It can be tempting to say “what’s another $100 a month?,” but that can get you into trouble if you take it too far! Here are a few things to consider as you determine how much home you can afford. What Type of Loan Are You...

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4 Tips to Increase Your Credit Score

Looking for a few tips to increase your credit score? Here are some of the best things you can do.  Tip #1 to Boost Credit Score: Improve Your DTI Have you heard of your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio? It’s basically a ratio that helps lenders determine if it’s risky to...

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What is a 15-Year Fixed Mortgage?

What is a 15-year fixed mortgage? In the mortgage industry, there are a variety of different loans that help match borrowers financial goals and circumstances during the home buying process. There are three important factors that define a 15-year fixed mortgage: the...

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How to get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Pre-Approved = Preferred Buyer When shopping for a new home, the first step a borrower can take is to get “pre-approved” for a mortgage. Sellers will prefer your offer for their home over other buyers if you have the stamp of pre-approval for your mortgage loan since...

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Understanding Disclosures

Two Primary Documents As a borrower, you’ll quickly understand the back and forth communication and constant exchange of documentation with your lender during the home buying process. That said, there are two documents that you should specifically keep your eye out...

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Types of Mortgage Loans

What is a mortgage? A mortgage, by definition, is a debt instrument secured by the collateral of specified real estate property, that the borrower is obliged to pay back with a predetermined set of payments.  Mortgage loans can be refined in different types of ways to...

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