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How Much Home Can You Afford?

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Condo? Fixer-upper? McMansion? Starter home? Town house? Tiny house? Before you start looking seriously at buying ANY kind of home this spring, you'll first need to answer the single-most important question: How much home can I afford? More

How It Works: The Secondary Mortgage Market

How It Works:  The Secondary Mortgage Market

Follow along with our new blog series, where we discuss how things work in the mortgage market, from underwriting your loan to credit risk transfer. To kick off the series, we introduce you to the inner workings of the secondary mortgage market. More

The $1.5 M Question: Rent vs. Buy?

The $1.5 M Question: Rent vs. Buy?

Mike and Jen can afford $1,400 per month on housing and have saved $10,000 for a down payment. But, they're left wondering which option – renting or buying – makes best financial sense. Lets find out. More

Who's Who?

Who's Who?

The homebuying process: It's exciting, can be intimidating and there are a lot of people involved. The good news? All these people work hard to make your experience as smooth as possible, including several that will hold your hand throughout the process. Let us introduce you. More

Taking Responsibility

Taking Responsibility

While shopping for your home is fun and exciting, it's important to remember the responsibilities and financial commitments you’ll have as a homeowner. Saving for your down payment and signing on the dotted line are simply the first steps to homeownership. More

Down Payments and PMI: Get the Low Down

Down Payments and PMI:  Get the Low Down

If you're in the market to buy a home, you've probably heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20% to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Why is 20% the magic number and what is PMI? More

Use Your Assets

Use Your Assets

Did you know that you can use your financial assets to qualify for a conforming, conventional mortgage? More

Buying a Home? Get CreditSmart

Buying a Home? Get CreditSmart

There’s a good reason why we dream of owning a home. And, there's also a good reason to prepare and become financially literate first. Why? Because educated borrowers are better prepared for successful, long-term homeownership and overall financial stability. Get smart through CreditSmart, our free financial education program. More

Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

Dreaming of owning a home and wondering how much you can afford? You're not alone. It's one of the most important questions you'll need to answer before you can begin house hunting – and many factors, aside from your income and car payment, come into play. More

Harp, Harp, Harp

Harp, Harp, Harp

If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and haven’t refinanced into a lower interest rate, this HARP is for you. More

Five Quick Tips About Apartment Leases

Five Quick Tips About Apartment Leases

Moving can be very exciting, especially if it’s your first time living on your own in an apartment. However, it’s important to be informed before you sign a lease, which is a legally-binding contract between a landlord and a tenant. More

What's the Point?

What's the Point?

Your financial house is in order and you're ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality. Now it's time to get a mortgage. As you shop around, you'll see that many lenders offer a menu of mortgage rate-point combinations. So what are these so called "points" and is there a point in paying them? More

Beware of Phony Rental Ads

Beware of Phony Rental Ads

Fraudsters continue to con house hunters out of rent money and personal credit information by falsely advertising foreclosed homes they don't own as rentals. Here are some tips to avoid the scam. More

Do You Know How You're Scored?

Do You Know How You're Scored?

Your FICO® score is an important part of a lender’s credit decision, influencing the credit that’s made available to you and the terms that you’re offered. It’s calculated using information from several pieces of data from your credit report. Scores range from 300 (worst) to 850 (best). Find out how a FICO Score breaks down. More