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8 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in the New Year

December 21, 2017  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Whether you are planning to buy a home in 2018, or are considering refinancing your mortgage, you’ll want to make sure your credit is in tip top shape to get the best interest rate possible. Here are 8 ways to… Read more

9 Steps to Take Now to Buy a Home Next Year

October 30, 2017  /  Closing Costs  /  Marti Reeder

You and your family are thinking of buying a new home – or your next one – in 2018. There are things you can do now to prepare yourself. Here are seven steps to get you ready for this exciting… Read more

5 Tips for Getting a Mortgage in 2017

March 6, 2017  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Unless you’ve got a trust fund or buckets of cash lying around, if you want to buy a home this year, you’ll need a mortgage. Here are 5 tips to help you find a mortgage that meets your needs: Find… Read more

7 Reasons Your Credit Score May Have Dropped

November 7, 2016  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

A good credit history is needed to buy a home, but what constitutes a “good” credit score varies by lender and loan type. For example, to qualify for an FHA loan with a 3.5% down payment, you need a FICO… Read more

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: the 4 Cs

October 17, 2016  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Right now we are in a seller’s real estate market, because the number of homebuyers exceeds the number of  homes for sale. This means that, to buy your dream home, you need to stand apart from other home buyers. Not… Read more

Top 10 Home Buyer FAQs: Part 1

August 15, 2016  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

  Prospective home buyers have a lot of questions about buying their first – or next – home. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I hear from home buyers. 1.  How do I get started? What’s the… Read more

Homebuyer FAQs: Mortgage and Closing Costs

July 11, 2016  /  Closing Costs  /  Marti Reeder

What You Need to Know about Mortgage & Closing Costs Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner ready for your next home, it is important to understand mortgage and closing costs. Here are some frequently asked questions… Read more

9 Tips to Keep Your Budget and Credit Score on Track This Holiday Season

December 7, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

With so many people on your gift list, it’s easy to get carried away with holiday shopping. However, overspending can negatively impact your credit score, which can affect your home buying ability, if you’re not careful. Here are some tips… Read more

6 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

October 26, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Whether it is your first home or your third one, you don’t want to make costly mistakes when buying a home. Here are six mistakes that you can avoid with a little time, effort and knowledge: Not checking your credit… Read more

6 Tips for Raising Your Credit Score

October 5, 2015  /  Credit  /  Marti Reeder

Last month we talked about how a low credit score can affect your ability to qualify for a home loan and purchase your next home. Today we’re going to talk about how to improve your credit score with these 6… Read more

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