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How to Buy Your First Home When You’re Expecting or Adopting a Baby

Is Buying a House While Pregnant Wise? Buying a home always comes with challenges and obstacles. If you’re in the process of buying a house and having a baby at the same time, those challenges multiply. The same can also be true if you are adopting a child. So, which comes first? Mortgage or baby? Truthfully, it’... More

How to Best Navigate Selling Your First Home and Buying Your Second

How to Best Navigate Selling Your First Home and Buying Your Second

How Do You Sell a House and Buy One at the Same Time? If you thought that buying your first home felt like a whirlwind, wait until you decide to purchase your second home. You may find yourself longing for the simpler process of going from a renter to a homeowner. What makes moving from your current home ... More

How to Compare Your Second Home Mortgage Loan Options

How to Compare Your Second Home Mortgage Loan Options

How Does Someone Buy a Second Home? For a lot of people, owning a second home means owning a vacation home. Unless you've won the lottery, you’ll likely need a second mortgage to purchase one, and that can be expensive. Cost is why a vacation home remains an unattainable daydream for most. Just about everyone can picture ... More

Second-Time Homebuyer Downpayment Strategies

Second-Time Homebuyer Down Payment Strategies

Do Second-Time Homebuyers Need a Down Payment? The quick answer is yes, it is almost certain that you will need a down payment. How much do you have to put down on a second home? That answer will depend on how much you can afford and how much is required by the loan program you use to purchase ... More

How Your Personal Finance Habits Impact What Home You Can Buy

How Your Personal Finance Habits Impact What Home You Can Buy

How Can I Improve My Personal Financial Position? It can be difficult to purchase or refinance a home with a bad credit score. This leads people to ask, is there anything I can do to quickly fix my score? Many people with bad credit think there is no foreseeable ... More

Mortgage Options for People with Bad Credit

Mortgage Options for People with Bad Credit

How Can I Get Approved for a Loan With Bad Credit? When interest rates are low, it’s a great time to apply for a home loan. But for many borrowers, there’s an “if” involved in that statement. When interest rates are low, it’s a great time to buy a home IF you have a good ... More

How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate

How Your Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate

How Much Can I Borrow With a 700 Credit Score? A high credit score is your golden ticket to a low-interest rate home loan. So if you are among the nearly 58% of Americans with a FICO credit score above 700, your borrowing power is strong. ... More

What First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know About Fixer-Uppers

Is It a Good Idea to Buy a Fixer-Upper? While first-time homebuyer loans, grants and other programs can save you a lot, the first place to look for first-time homebuying savings is at a home’s selling price. Buying a home is expensive, therefore anything a first-time homebuyer can do to reduce the cost, like purchasing a lower-cost ... More

First-Time Homebuyer Qualifications and Benefits

What Are the Requirements for a First-Time Homebuyer Loan? Are you curious if you qualify as a first-time homebuyer? Good. Let's begin with this: you don’t need to be purchasing your first home to be a first-time homebuyer. Confused? Don’t be, and don’t allow a misleading name to keep you away from powerful programs that ... More

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