Blog Archive

  • 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.

  • Equity in the West

    The Western states have shown strong gains in equity this past year. What can you expect?

  • Are Pet Owners More Likely to Rent or Own?

    What if owning a pet could predict if you're more likely to rent or own a home?

  • Ways to Save for a Down Payment

    Look to build your nest egg and reach your homebuying goal with these tips.

  • 5 Tips for Buying New Construction

    Buying new construction can provide you with exciting choices, but the buying process is different and warrants some tips for success.

  • 5 Steps to Help Safeguard Your Smart Life

    Learn how to protect yourself and your smart devices from cyber criminals.

  • Can Housing Catch Up to the Red-Hot Economy?

    With 2018 coming to an end, will the housing market see a fourth quarter comeback?

  • 3 Strategies for Winning the Bidding War

    Today's market is competitive and bidding wars are not uncommon. So, how do you "win" this war?

  • Apartment Types: What's the Difference?

    Don't know a garden-style apartment property from a walk-up? Learn about the different types of multifamily rental housing.

  • 30 Years of Certainty

    30 years may sound like a lifetime with many unknowns, but a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage can provide you with many comforting certainties.

  • Hurricane Tips from Families In-The-Know

    When you learn that a major storm is headed your way, you can never be too prepared. Read up and follow these practical tips from families who've been in your shoes.

  • Myth vs. Fact: Manufactured Homes

    Here are five prevalent manufactured housing myths and the facts that debunk them.

  • Is the Housing Market Shifting to Favor Buyers?

    After years of increasing home prices, the tide is turning to benefit buyers.

  • Global Perspective

    Did you know that the United States has one the most affordable housing markets in the world? It's true.

  • 10 Terms You Should Know

    If you're a first-time homebuyer, ask yourself: Am I ready for the "homebuying" lingo? Your words are important and we're here to help you talk wisely.

  • Rent: It's Relative

    If you're renting and have flexibility with where you can call home, it's important to look deeper than just the rent payment itself. There are other important factors to consider

  • ISO A+ Schools

    In real estate, the adage "location, location, location" still holds true, but for three-quarters of buyers, this really means "school district, school district, school district."

  • Affordability is Just One Reason Renters Intend to Keep Renting

    There are more renter households today than at any point since at least 1965. Learn why.

  • Mortgage Relief Amid California Wildfires

    If you're a homeowner who has been impacted by the California wildfires, contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your mortgage relief options.

  • 10 Best Places for First-Time Homebuyers

    Finding the right location is an important factor when looking to buy a home.

  • Strong & Steady

    Strong and steady. That's how our transformation is showing up in our financial and business results.

  • Ringing the Bell at our SBL Loan Lab

    We took our innovative Multifamily Small Balance Loan Lab pop-up to the Big Apple for a high-energy morning of closing deals.

  • Are You Financially Prepared for a Disaster?

    Ask yourself these questions so you're prepared for emergencies or natural disasters.