Operation Welcome Home for Veterans

You have served your country, now we hope this powerful mortgage product will serve you to make the dream of home-ownership a reality. The Operation Welcome Home mortgage program supports veterans, active-duty military, members of the Reserves and National Guard, and Gold Star Families in achieving the dream of home ownership. The program combines a traditional …

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

In Today's Real Estate Market, it is more important than ever to have a Pre-Qualification in hand when shopping for a home that has been prepared by a reputable Lender, Bank or Credit Union.  The terminology has changed from Pre-Approval to Pre-Qualification depending upon the detail of the Approval provided. Pre-Qualification A mortgage loan pre-qualification is …

The Perfect Loan File

This article came from Mark Greene contributor to Forbes Magazine.  It is very helpful to all of us so that we can truly understand what is going on in this industry and so that we can educate our buyers and sellers. The media has it all wrong – securing mortgage approval and satisfying credit underwriting …

A Proper Moving Checklist 8 Weeks Prior to Closing

So, you bought a new home!!  Congratulations!!! Now it is time to plan the Move.  Are you Ready?  Excited? Anxious?  Purchasing a new home is the American Dream and you have worked hard to get here.  Moving can be overwhelming, but  If you have a written out plan of attack, it will make things go …

What’s the Point?

Unless you have bought a home, you probably haven’t heard the term point or mortgage point.  Or maybe you have heard the term but don’t quite know what it means.  Having a general knowledge of what a point is and how it works can help you to make important financial decisions when buying a home. …

Mortgage Document Checklist

Mortgage documents....not sure what that means?  Not sure what's being asked of you to provide for your loan application?  The list of documents necessary to process your application is relatively short but it contains specific items that are needed.  And in some cases, you are given very specific directions like provide all pages...including the blank …

Understanding how your Credit Works

Credit scores were developed by Fair Isaac and company (FICO). The models created using FICO take all the detailed information about your credit report and produce your credit score using different weights and factors contained in the FICO scoring models. The purpose of a FICO score is to show how likely you are to become …

Home Buying Closing Costs: What to Expect

Your mortgage lender, real estate agent, real estate attorney, or settlement agent should be in touch with you a few days before your closing settlement with the final amount of money you’ll need to close on a purchase of a home. However, in some cases, the call may come too close for comfort and may …

How to Shop for a Mortgage

After hitting record lows of 3.250% last year, mortgage rates have inched up a little and in the grand scheme of things...it is only a little!  The trend of course is upwards and like the stock market, it is not a straight line up, we have good days and bad days in the markets and Mortgage …

The Good Faith Estimate

A good faith estimate (GFE) must be provided by a mortgage lender or broker in the United States to a customer.  The estimate must include an itemized list of fees and costs associated with the loan and must be provided within three business days of applying for a loan.  These mortgage fees, closing costs and …