Are you on the hunt for your first home? Rethink what you’ve been told and take a look at these commonly thought of mortgage myths.
MYTH: “My credit score isn’t good enough to buy... »
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Home Buying Tips
Read the latest blog posts from our mortgage experts, get the latest updates about the industry, tips and tricks for making your purchasing experience easy, and more!
As a self-employed business owner, you have a lot on your plate. While running a business and tending to your daily responsibilities, starting the home process might feel daunting. You may have even... »
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How to Use and Build Equity in Your HomeJun 18 2019
If you’re like most Americans, your home will be a major source of your net worth. As you continue to pay your mortgage, you will build equity in your home, which allows for... »
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As of May 2019, interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in almost 30 years. This means it’s a great time to buy a home, or in some cases, refinance. Refinancing is not... »
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You may be in the process of looking for a home or you may have already gotten pre-approved. You’ve been saving for months or even years and your down payment is still short.... »
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You’ve decided you want to renovate your home, or maybe you have your eye set on a home that needs a little work. Great! As the biggest renovation lender in the United States,... »
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According to a survey issued by Bank of the West, 69% of millennial homebuyers experienced some form of “buyer’s remorse” over their recent home purchase.
Most said they wished they had been more prepared... »
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10 Reasons for Housing to CelebrateApr 5 2019
Spring is the peak home buying season for many parts of the country. After years of softer home sale activity — thanks to low housing inventory, affordability issues, and more — this Spring... »
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Dreaming of owning a home is great but setting realistic expectations can help make the process that much easier. A lot happens from the day you decide to buy a new home to... »
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In a competitive homebuying market, sellers want to sell their homes quickly to someone who will be able to buy it with no issues. A pre-approval letter is an official document explaining the... »
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The terms “pre-approval” and “pre-qualification” have likely come up while doing your research as a homebuyer. Understanding the differences between the two well set you up for success down your path to homeownership.
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Can I Afford to Buy a New Home?Mar 29 2019
You’ve always dreamt of owning your own home. You’ve thought about it, imagined it, and now you’re seriously considering it. At this point, you may have started to research homebuying and there’s a... »
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What is a Mortgage? Why Do I Need One?Mar 29 2019
As a first-time homebuyer, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the things you need to know when buying a home.
That’s where Homebridge comes in. We’re on a mission to make the homebuying... »
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Each year, thousands of people make the decision to purchase their first home. What often is seen as a daunting, complex process, is one your Homebridge team excels in. You see, we help... »
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11 Poisonous Plants in Home GardensJul 27 2017
There's no denying their beauty, but if these plants are ingested, or in some cases merely touched, reactions can range from discomfort to death. It pays to know these potentially poisonous plants, so... »
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Many potential home buyers are more than capable of making their monthly mortgage payment but lack the savings necessary for the minimum down payment to purchase the home of their dreams.
While there are... »
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The purchase of a home is most likely the largest financial decision many people will ever make. Because of this, the HomeBridge team takes being your partner in home buying very seriously.
According to... »
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HomeBridge Financial Services and The Jamie Zeitz Team’s mission is to provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and our communities every day!
Homes for Heroes, Inc. is the largest... »
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A recent success story from Jennifer C. a new raving fan of The Jamie Zeitz Team at HomeBridge Financial Services!
Jennifer, a new home buyer, started her search in a challenging inventory market and wondered... »
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Getting a Home Mortgage with Credit IssuesMay 3 2017
So, you are thinking about buying a home and are concerned that your credit may hold you back from your dream of home ownership. Well you are not alone; the number one reason... »
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The Right Pro for the JobMar 21 2017
Whether buying a fixer-upper or updating their home to sell, clients may be interested in home renovations. If it's their first renovation-rodeo, give them some guidance on where to start when hiring a... »
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What is the Hero Program?
HERO stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity. This is a program that provides financing for any energy improvements made to your house such as solar, windows, plumbing, etc. This... »
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FHA Reducing Annual Insurance PremiumsJan 9 2017
As the nation’s housing market continues to improve, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced today the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums most borrowers will pay by... »
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The FHA 203(k) Loan: Your Secret WeaponOct 21 2016
The FHA 203(k) is an often overlooked option when it comes to mortgage financing. This is a mortgage loan that allows you to purchase a home and finance in the renovation costs at... »
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Home Buying Secrets – Off-Season Home ShoppingOct 19 2016
While spring and summer are traditionally the times when people look to buy a home, there are many reasons why some buyers don’t begin their search until the warm weather subsides and the leaves... »
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Historically, summer is the time when most people are looking to buy and sell real estate. As you may have heard, there was an unexpected and significant drop in rates this summer, which was... »
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Update software. The latest computer, smartphone and apps software is the most secure. Update now and choose ‘Update Automatically’ in Settings. Update your WiFi router on its app or Web setup page.
Strengthen passwords. Make them... »
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Five Money Saving Tips for Future Home BuyersSep 30 2016
Many potential buyers are shocked to find out that they actually will save money by purchasing a home versus renting one from someone else. In addition to building equity, there are multiple tax... »
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How to Get Your Dream Home with the FNMA HomeStyle Loan!
Have you ever walked into home and said, “This house is perfect except…?” You may love the school district, the location, the size... »
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Millennials And Mortgages: Fixer Upper Loans Are The Housing Industry’s Best Kept SecretAug 31 2016
When it comes to the mortgage needs of millennials, regardless of where they live, one of the things our associates consistently hear is that many of these first-time buyers are having a hard... »
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Many experts are predicting home prices will rise over the next year. While that is good news for current homeowners, it is not so good news for renters on the fence about buying their... »
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Homebridge has branches across the country, and while each area we serve has its own unique needs, the one common topic we often see is the difficulty some home buyers have with saving... »
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When you call your agent for the first time to ask about a home you’re interested in, they’ll probably ask you several questions to get to know you better. The most important question... »
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18 Genius Home HacksMar 22 2016
Rain Gutters as Shelving. Mount pre-painted roof gutters on walls in kids’ rooms to display books and small toys.
Marker Caddy. Cover a shoe box in attractive wrapping paper and fill with empty toilet paper rolls... »
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Four Questions For Hesitant Home BuyersMar 2 2016
It’s completely normal to have some hesitation when you start thinking about buying a home. The purchase of a home is the largest financial decision most people will ever make and it would... »
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Renovation Lending: Fact or FictionJan 27 2016
Fact or Fiction: My understanding is that renovation loans are only for buyers looking to buy houses in bad shape or properties considered “handyman specials.”
Although it is true that renovation loans can be... »
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10 Tricks for Great Smartphone PicturesJan 19 2016
With 68% of Americans now owning one, the smartphone has become the go-to camera for most people. Here are 10 tips for better smartphone pictures.
Steady as she goes. Keep the phone still when shooting.... »
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Homeowners insurance covers the cost (minus deductible) of repairing or replacing your home if it’s hit with a disaster. It also covers the cost to replace the things in your home that were... »
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