Buying a Home is Cheaper Than Renting in the All of the Nation’s 100 Largest Metros

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/24/16 1:30 PM

Mortgage rates increased last week to a four-month high, but according to Trulia’s latest rent vs. buy study, rates would need to double, even triple, to make renting the better financial choice over buying a home.


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8 Ways Millennial & First-Time Homebuyers Are Shaping the 2016 Housing Market

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/19/16 11:43 AM

Coming of age in the recession has painted a different homebuying picture for the Millennial generation. With surmounting student debt and rent prices, the real estate market was once asking, “Where are the Millennials?” But according to a new study performed by Zillow the Millennials are making their own waves in the housing market with their new approaches to shopping, financing and purchasing.

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USDA Rural Development or FHA: Which Is the Best Mortgage Option for a First-Time Homebuyer?

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/17/16 2:33 PM

Today’s first-time homebuyers face a new set of homebuying hurdles. From saving for a down payment and closing costs to credit scores and debt, mortgage affordability is a key concern for many homebuyers. So today we’re reviewing pros and cons and costs and eligibility requirements associated with two affordable mortgage options: the USDA Rural Development and FHA loan.

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Buying Your First Home: Should You Save For a Down Payment or Pay Off Debt First?

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/16/16 10:54 AM

Many potential homebuyers cite existing debt or saving funds for a down payment as the biggest hurdles in their homebuying journey. But what if you have existing debt and a low balance in your savings account? Where do you start?

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5 Preparation Steps to Move From Renting to Owning 

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/3/16 4:13 PM

If you’re thinking of purchasing a home in the near future because of high rent, you’re not alone. In the first quarter of 2016, one in four homebuyers was looking to purchase a home because of their expensive rent, according to Redfin. Homeownership is a big decision, so whether you plan to buy this fall or down the road, walk through these initial steps to go from renting to owning.


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7 Steps to Buying Your First Home This Fall

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/10/16 9:45 AM

So you’ve decided to buy a home this fall. Congratulations! There are several benefits of autumn homebuying, but before you start thumbing through online listing photos, there are a few educational and financial steps to complete to get yourself in the best shape for a mortgage and homeownership, in general.

Here’s how to get on the right track to becoming a first-time homeowner this fall.

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How to Get $7,500 in Down Payment Assistance as a First-Time Homebuyer in Illinois

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/31/16 3:09 PM

With interest rates near historic lows, rent costs still on the rise, and the availability of down payment and closing cost assistance programs, there are no greater incentives to become a first-time homebuyer. Here's how the Illinois Housing Development Authority's mortgage program makes homeownership even more enticing for first-timers.


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What the Millennial First-Time Homebuyer Looks Like in 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/29/16 11:26 AM

Last year, Millennials made up the largest generational share of homebuyers. Their wants and needs in the housing market are heavily-observed and analyzed – and for good reason! Here are six surprising statistics from a recent TD Bank survey of potential first-time homebuyers.

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First-Time Homebuyers: How to Conquer the 7 Biggest Homebuying & Financing Fears

Posted by Laine Smith on 7/31/16 12:40 PM

Hesitant of jumping into the homeownership circle? As with any large purchase, buying a home can be unnerving for someone who has limited knowledge of the homebuying and financing process. As the mortgage world is constantly changing, there are also several misconceptions about what it takes to buy a home.

Here's how to set some of those fears and misconceptions aside when thinking of buying a home.

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9 Avoidable Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Often Make

Posted by Laine Smith on 7/25/16 11:01 AM

Buying your first home is a big financial and lifestyle decision. While your lender and real estate agent will help guide you through the process of buying and financing the property, there are certain things a first-time homebuyer should be aware of throughout their homebuying journey. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid making when buying your first home.

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