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Feb. 17, 2023

Side Hustle Your Way to a Down Payment

One of the biggest financial goals for many is to save up enough money for a down payment on a house. For those who don’t have access to family wealth or are having trouble scraping together the funds, side hustles can be an invaluable source of income. Here are six ...

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Feb. 8, 2023

The Clear to Close Milestone

One of the best things a homebuyer can hear is, “we have ‘clear to close.’” It’s one of the biggest milestones in the mortgage lending process and means the underwriter has cleared the application to move forward to document signing and close of escrow. While a critical stage for ...

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Feb. 3, 2023

Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Credit Score

Having good credit is essential for a number of aspects of your life, ranging from the interest rate on a car loan or credit card to background checks for employment. Poor credit can be incredibly expensive, costing you thousands of dollars in higher interest rates over the course of a ...

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Jan. 27, 2023

Buying a Home With IRS Debt

Owing money to the IRS is unsettling for anyone. It’s also very easy to find oneself in that position. Many people are shocked to discover that they inadvertently miscalculated the amount of taxes owed either at the end of the year or from a previous year. There are also unexpected ...

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Dec. 23, 2022

Is it Time to Consider an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Homebuyers have had a rough time lately. First, the frenzied housing market stymied so many offers and caused frustration due to lack of inventory. Now that the pace and prices are starting to drop, interest rates have ticked up to alarming levels. 

While some buyers are postponing their purchase ...

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Oct. 27, 2022

The Housing Market Update for Fall of 2022

Buy now or wait! This is the question on all potential homebuyers’ minds this fall. Over the past few weeks, the mortgage interest rates have soared to a 14-year high. Excessive government spending combined with surging energy costs and rising inflation has caused many would-be homebuyers to lean toward the ...

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Sept. 30, 2022

Advantages to Buying a Home in Inflationary Times

World events and government spending has led to soaring inflation. The Federal Reserve has only one tool in its arsenal to curb and reduce this trend – raising interest rates. While contemporary home buyers are accustomed to interest rates in the 2-4%, older homeowners remember being excited to get one ...

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Aug. 12, 2022

Does It Make Sense to Buy Down Your Mortgage Rate

Rising interest rates can be a major concern if you’re shopping for a new home. A higher rate reduces your buying power and increases the home cost thousands of dollars over the course of the loan. One option to avoid this is to “buy down” your loan rate. This allows ...

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Aug. 5, 2022

Buying a Home is a Great Hedge Against Inflation

Over the past couple of months, the news of rising inflation is fueling concern across the country. Currently, inflation is at a 40-year high. This is impacting household budgets the most as families try to make ends meet with less buying power. For potential home buyers, rising interest rates may ...

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July 1, 2022

Is Using Your 401K to Buy a Home a Good Idea?

Buying a home can be a financial stretch. With soaring home values and rising interest rates, many potential first time home buyers find saving for a down payment increasingly difficult. For many people, the main source of savings is in the form of a 401k and tapping into this resource ...

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