Real Estate Agents: How the government shut down will affect your business

With: John Meussner, Loan Officer & Mortgage Coach @ Mason-McDuffie Mortgage So it’s been a day and the government is still shut down.  What exactly does that mean?  I’ll spare the humor and all the things I’d like to say – basically it means that some services are available, and others aren’t.      While many […]

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How Much Money Do I Need to Buy a Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the first questions you may have is how much money you’ll need.  While the answer is almost always “it depends”, one thing is for sure – most people are surprised to find out it takes less money than they think to buy a new home.  In […]

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How Much Mortgage Can I Qualify For?

Learning How Much Mortgage You Can Qualify For It’s one of the most frequently asked questions when someone begins their search for a home.  “How Much Mortgage Can I Qualify For?” is one of the most important questions someone can ask, because it will help determine what type of home they will look for, what […]

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Think a Mortgage Involves Tons of Paperwork? Think Again.

Post-housing market collapse, getting a mortgage got tough.  Rather than a joyous experience and a simple process, the journey from application to closing on a mortgage loan sat in the same realm as root canals, DMV visits, insurance claims, and getting faulty credit fixed. Since that time (nearly a decade ago!), much has changed, but […]

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 10, 2017

Last week’s economic reports suggested that demand for homes is rising despite a jump in mortgage rates and rising home prices fueled by low inventories of homes for sale. Demand for homes rose by 1.40 percent as interest rates jumped after the 10-year Treasury rate rose by 10 basis points.

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Buying a Home? Make Sure Your Finances Are in Order First

Below is a guest blog post by Janet Elliot of RE/MAX Purchasing a new home is part of the American Dream, just as much as graduating high school and college, getting married, and having children. It’s also the hardest part of the dream to achieve; you need patience, resilience, thick skin, and great financial planning. The latter is the […]

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Credit Score Got You Concerned? Here’s 3 Ways to Get It Together

If you’re worried about your bad credit, you’ll want to do everything in your power to improve your rating as quickly as possible – especially if you are looking to purchase a home in the near future. Improving your credit rating can give you access to better interest rates on mortgages or even help you to get that job you’re after.

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3 Things That Determine Your Mortgage Interest Rate

When you initially start shopping for a home mortgage, you may be drawn to advertisements for ultra-low interest rates. These may be rates that seem too good to be true, and you may gladly contact the lender or mortgage company to complete your loan application. However, in many cases, mortgage applicants are unpleasantly surprised and even disheartened to learn that they do not qualify for the advertised interest rate. By learning more about the factors that influence your interest rate, you may be able to structure your loan in a more advantageous way.

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