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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

Mortgage Rates Are Slowly Rising

December 6, 2016  /  Economy  /  Marti Reeder

According to Freddie Mac, mortgage rates are on the rise with rates inching up over the last two weeks. In fact, the week of November 23, the 30-year mortgage rate hit above 4 percent for the first time this year…. 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

Financial Literacy: Shopping for a Mortgage

April 17, 2016  /  Closing Costs  /  Marti Reeder

This is our second blog post to celebrate National Financial Literacy Month and to help put (or keep) you on the road to financial success. Shopping for a new home is such an exciting process – touring other homes, imagining… Read more

What’s in a Mortgage Payment?

June 22, 2015  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

If you are a first-time homebuyer, the prospect of buying a home is an exciting one. You are finally ready to say good-bye to your landlord and to have your monthly payment go to something you can call your own…. Read more

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: What You Need to Know

January 26, 2015  /  Finance  /  Marti Reeder

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will tell you up front what you can afford when shopping for your next home. This will save you a lot of time and stress. A pre-approval letter also helps let real estate agents know… Read more

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