Blog Archive

  • Interest Rates: How to Navigate the Roads Ahead

    Lenders set interest rates based on several factors- here's what steps you can take to secure the best rate possible.

  • Know About Mortgages Before You Go

    Which mortgage product is best for you?

  • Budgeting for Your Journey: Part II

    Now is when the rubber meets the road, finalizing your loan and preparing for your monthly mortgage payments.

  • Budgeting for Your Journey

    Budgeting for your journey is never as much fun as the trip itself, but it's a critical part of the ride.

  • Gas Up for Your Down Payment

    Be sure you have the right tools when thinking about your down payment.

  • Pre-approval Letter: Passport to Homeownership

    What is a pre-approval letter and how do you get one?

  • Map It Out: The Homebuying Timeline

    Before you hit the road, you should be able to answer the question: what are the steps in the homebuying process?

  • Co-Pilot(s): Assembling your Team

    There are many people involved in your homebuying journey, and having the right people along for the ride can help navigate through the process.

  • Listen Now: Hottest Homebuying Playlist

    Playlists can make any journey more enjoyable and smooth sailing (even dancing!).

  • Spring Break or Spring Homebuying?

    This spring homebuying season we're taking you on a road trip.

  • March Madness: The Final Four Cs

    How do you get a loan? What do lenders look for? Housing's big dance happening off the basketball court.

  • Spelling It Out: Apartment Types

    Don't see the difference between a high-rise and a mid-rise? We're breaking down various types of multifamily properties you may encounter in rental housing.

  • Keep Calm and Shop On

    Spring home buying season is here, did you know shopping for a better mortgage rate could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars?

  • Is There a Faster Way to Be Mortgage Free?

    90% of today's homebuyers choose a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but what if you could be mortgage free faster?

  • Pinch Me! How it Pays to be Green

    Did you know that going green can save you money?

  • Intro to Adulting: Credit Basics for Grads

    Credit 101: Before you get that diploma, check out this crash course on the ins and outs of credit.

  • New Job, New Home

    You've taken a new job in a new city- here's how to find a new place to call home during your move.

  • 3 Reasons to Love Tax Season

    There is just over a month until Tax Day 2019. If you’re expecting a refund, here's how it can bring you closer to homeownership.

  • The Tolls of Your Commute

    Today's average commute is longer than ever before, Be sure to factor in the cost of your commute, including time and money, when making your move.

  • Not Quite Over the Hill?

    Millennials are losing out to the 55+ generation when it comes to owning a home. Why?

  • Paper Chase: The Documents Involved in Renting

    Having your documents in order can save you time and energy – it might even help you save on your rent.

  • Counting Costs: Landlords, Leases and List Prices

    Before you start scoping out the perfect rental, you need to get a firm handle on your finances.

  • Road to Renting: Choose Your Route

    Is renting right for you? Over one-third of America's families rent today.

  • Crafting Your Home Security Blanket

    Whichever security measures you choose to keep your home safe, do your research so that you can be confident with the level of protection it provides.

  • Get In-The-Know About Escrow

    What is escrow and how does it affect your monthly mortgage payment?

  • Super Bowl Sunday's Home Team Advantage

    The NFL will crown a champion this Sunday at Super Bowl LIII, but the off-the-field winner was already announced way back in 2016: The city of Atlanta.

  • Open Season: House Hunting with Kids

    Before you begin touring homes, here are a few tips for parents to consider.

  • Time to Fix Your ARM?

    If you have an ARM that's scheduled to adjust soon, you may want to consider the benefits of a fixed-rate mortgage while rates are still low.

  • How KonMari Can Help Homeowners

    If you're preparing your house to be staged, packing to move, or looking to make better use of the space you already have, here are some Marie Kondo inspired tips to help.

  • FYIs about DIY

    If you're a homeowner you've probably got ideas for home improvements... so how do DIY home projects compare to professional renovations?

  • Reach Your Dreams with 3% Down

    Low down payment mortgage options – some requiring as little as 3% down – are available for qualified borrowers and can offer you a path to homeownership.

  • Renting 101: From Listings to Leases

    Approximately 63 percent of renters are satisfied with their rental experience. So, what's the key to finding the right home?

  • Planning Your Move

    The excitement of buying a new home is frequently followed with the dread of having to move. We've put together some tips to make your move as seamless as possible.

  • From Saving Up to Settling Down: The Homebuying Lifecycle

    Here are three key phases of homeownership that many people experience during their lifetime.

  • 6 Steps to Achieve your Homebuying Resolution

    If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to become a homeowner, we have 6 ways to make the homebuying process easier.

  • In It For The Long Run

    For the final blog in our avoiding homebuying mistakes series we are talking about the long-term planning involved in homeownership.

  • Do Your Homework

    We're explaining the importance of choosing a home that meets your long-run needs and stressing the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.

  • Making the "Right" Choice

    If you are looking to buy a house, realize that there is likely more than one "right" home for you-every property will have its pros and cons.

  • Money Management: Bringing Home the Bacon

    A home is likely the most expensive investment of your lifetime, so it is important to begin the home buying process by getting your financials in order.

  • Generation Z is Buying Homes

    Although Generation Z is early-on in adulthood, they nearly match millennial aspirations for homeownership, 97% of Generation Z believe that they will own a home in the future.

  • Making a List, Checking it Twice

    As you begin to make your holiday wish list, you might also consider creating a homebuying wish list.

  • How Much Home Can I Afford?

    Finding the answer is one of the most important questions you'll have to answer when buying a home. Learn what matters most.

  • Giving Thanks at Habitat for Humanity CEO Build

    This month, in the spirt of giving, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other local community leaders to celebrate Habitat NOVA's 100th family served with a CEO Build.

  • 3 Tips to Help You Avoid a Rental Scam This Fall

    To protect yourself, learn all you can about the rental process and watch for these red flags.

  • Giving Credit(Smart) Where It's Due

    Learning strong lifelong money management skills can help you feel confident about your financial health no matter what obstacles arise.

  • Winter is Coming... Are You Prepared?

    Here are some helpful tips to keep the cold outside and you and your family warm inside.

  • Would You Buy a Haunted House?

    Your dream home is haunted. Are you still interested?

  • Self-Employed? Learn How You Can Get a Mortgage

    Starting the loan application process can be overwhelming, but even more so for borrowers who are self-employed.

  • Buying from Afar

    If you're buying a home from afar you can beat a great deal of the stress with preparation and a strong support system.

  • What Do You Think is More Affordable?

    If you've struggled to pay your rent recently, know that you’re not alone.