Home Buying Tips
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FHA loans offer a 3.5% down payment requirement as well as lenient Debt-to-Income ratios (DTI) and credit requirements. They are ideal for low-to-moderate income earners, and people buying a home with less-than-perfect credit.
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Helping 1099 Contract Employees Buy A HomeJul 11 2022
There are definite benefits to being a freelance worker or independent contractor. You’re able to set your own schedule, and you can spend only a few hours at different jobs to get a... »
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The Fed Increase: For Better Or Worse?Jul 8 2022
Why Interest Rates Increase To Combat High Inflation
Inflation rates are at a forty year high and consumers across the country are feeling the impact. From the higher cost of gas to higher prices... »
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What Determines Your Mortgage Interest Rate?Jun 23 2022
Current mortgage interest rates are always a hot topic for homebuyers or those who are curious about the affordability of homeownership. Knowing the general market rate can be helpful when budgeting for an... »
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Benefits of Pre-Approval: Get the Upper HandApr 27 2022
The supply of houses on the market has fallen from an average of 1.6 million units monthly in 2018 and 2019 to just over 1 million in 2021 – and the monthly figures... »
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4 Stops Along the Road to First Time HomebuyingMar 31 2022
Your first time buying a home will be exciting, offering a window into the setting of your future. At Homebridge, we delight in the opportunity to help first-time homebuyers because we are reminded... »
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USING GIFT FUNDS TO BUY A HOMEFeb 1 2022
USING GIFT FUNDS TO BUY A HOME
For many homebuyers, gift funds are a needed boost to help them cover the necessary down payment on their dream home. Although it’s common practice to receive... »
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5 Tips For Getting a Home LoanMay 25 2021
Becoming a homeowner may be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. But before you start picking out a living room set, you'll want to take a step back and start... »
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5 Actions to Avoid Before HomebuyingAug 4 2020
Buying your first home is an exciting process. But as one of the most significant purchases you'll ever make, it can also be a little intimidating. To ensure a fun and straightforward experience,... »
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Buying a home can seem overwhelming. As possibly the largest purchase you’ll ever make, you may even convince yourself that homeownership is financially beyond your reach. However, there are several factors you can... »
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Today’s world is digital. Financial transactions such as a mortgage are no exception. Many companies offering majority-digital or completely digital transactions have opened within the past 10 years, making it appear as though... »
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In your search for the perfect place, you may have found homes in your market that are a bit out of your price range. Or, you may have found that you don’t have... »
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The current turbulent economic and social environment has changed how many Americans spend their time and money; that’s a fact. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have the home you’ve always wanted. Whether... »
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Moving to a new home can mean grappling with second guesses and big decisions. However, your move can be made much easier if you focus on the three factors critical to the choice... »
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How to Prepare for Buying a New HomeMar 11 2020
After a lot of thought, you’ve decided to buy a home. Great decision! Mortgage interest rates are at a record low. This makes it a perfect time to buy a home.
Before you meet... »
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How to Financially Prepare for HomebuyingFeb 5 2020
Buying your first home is the biggest and arguably the most important purchase you will ever make. Preparing for that transition will require you to look at your finances in a different way.... »
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The down payment is one of the most important elements of the homebuying process. Your down payment could affect your finances for years to come. In this article, we’re going to breakdown the... »
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After years of rising rent prices and an inability to make your home truly yours, you’ve had enough and are ready to officially break up with your landlord. You’re ready to become a... »
Read More of the post 3 Myths About Transitioning from Renter to Homeowner
For many, buying a home is a major transition in life. It’s one that comes with a long list of benefits like building long-term equity, the freedom to personalize your living space, and... »
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Chapman Lending Team at HomeBridge Financial
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Tuesday that it is raising the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to more than $510,000.
In most of the U.S., the 2020 maximum conforming... »
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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... »
Read More of the post Mortgage Mythbusting: First-Time Homebuyer Edition
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 June 2021, interest rates are still at record lows. This means it’s a great time to buy a home, or in some cases, refinance. Refinancing is not only used to get... »
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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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