Why You Should Buy a Home with a Real Estate Agent
By John Fitzgerald, Mortgage Loan Officer
So you have decided that it’s time to make a move! Whether you are purchasing a home for the first time or the sixth time, buying a home is an exciting event. Fortunately, a real estate agent acting as your buyer’s agent can help you navigate the process and allow you to focus on everyday life, all while planning your eventual move to your new home. Let’s discuss how your local realtor can help you find the right home for you and your family.
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Jumbo Home Loan Myths Debunked
Are myths about jumbo home loans holding you back from buying your dream home?
What exactly is a jumbo loan? Jumbo loans are designed to help finance more expensive homes. These special home loans exceed the maximum county loan limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Myth 1 - You Need a Jumbo Down Payment for a Jumbo Loan
Lenders used to require down payments up to 30% to secure a jumbo loan. This isn’t true anymore. For qualified buyers, the down payment can be as low as 10%.
Myth 2- Jumbo Loans have High Interest Rates
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4 Things Buyers Want from a Real Estate Agent
Buying a new home can be nothing short of an epic journey. Buyers are naturally anxious, stressed, and nervous when it comes to such a large purchase. How can real estate professionals help ease the fears of their clients? We’ve got some tips.
It’s not always about low fees. According to Redfin, 62% of buyers and sellers want low fees in a real estate transaction – but 22% said fees that are too low make them worry about the quality of service! Bottom line? High quality service is always important!
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Top Mistakes of Home Buyers
The process of buying a home is one where you need to include your head, as well as your heart. Making impulsive home buying decisions may end up being a poor investment that costs you time, money and frustration down the road. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a repeat buyer, here are some tips to avoid common mistakes:
Don’t Let the Current Decor Alter Perception – Don’t let the paint colors or furniture in a home sway you either way. The current home owners will take their furniture with them, and paint can be easily changed. Look at the ...
How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home
One of the biggest concerns for home buyers is how much cash they’re going to need to bring to the table when closing on a home loan. The specific costs can vary depending upon the state that you live in, the cost of your home and other factors, but here are some basic things to consider:
Down Payment Required for a Mortgage
In order to qualify for a mortgage, you’ll likely need a down payment. The specific amount depends upon state guidelines and the type of loan. For example, an FHA mortgage loan is available to some home buyers and requires as little as 3.5% of the purchase price ...