Mortgage 101: Which Mortgage Is Right for You?

Posted by Laine Smith on 1/9/17 10:06 AM

Buying a home can come with an overwhelming amount of choices. What school district do you want to purchase in? Who should you choose for a real estate agent? How much can you afford to spend on your home purchase? Just like choosing a home style, there are several loan types and programs made to benefit a wide range of homebuyers.

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2016 Marks the Biggest Year in the History of VA Loans: 4 Ways Veteran Homebuyers Benefit

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/11/16 10:36 AM

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs guaranteed more than 707,000 home loans, making it the largest year in the history of the VA loan program. In honor of the men and women who have served our country, we’re highlighting the ways the VA loan program makes homeownership attainable and affordable for our veterans.

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Happy 4th of July! Celebrating Our Independence & Spreading Awareness of VA Loans

Posted by Laine Smith on 7/4/16 1:34 PM

Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate our country’s independence, we would like to thank the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms. In honor of the holiday, we’d like to spread some awareness for veteran homebuyers and homeowners who do not know the benefits of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

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Memorial Day 2016: 7 Fast Facts About VA Loans

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/30/16 9:56 AM

Service men and women and their families make many sacrifices to keep our country safe. As a token of appreciation, the United State Department of Veterans Affairs provides a loan program with a mission to help servicemen, servicewomen, veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.

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7 Ways to Buy a Home Without a 20% Down Payment

Posted by Laine Smith on 2/28/16 12:35 PM

A major hurdle for some first-time homebuyers is coming up with the funds for a down payment or closing costs on their home purchase. According to a recent Bankrate.com survey non-homeowners were asked what percentage of the total cost they would need to contribute as a down payment on a potential home purchase. Nearly 2 in 10 said somewhere between 11% and 20%, while another 17% said between 6% and 10% down.

Even more notable, almost a quarter of non-homeowners said they had no idea how much they would need for a down payment to buy a home. Here are 7 loan options for eligible homebuyers who wish to buy with little to no money down.

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Veterans Day 2015: 7 Fast Facts About VA Loans

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/11/15 1:58 PM

Service men and women and their families make many sacrifices to keep our country safe. As a token of appreciation, the United State Department of Veterans Affairs provides a loan program with a mission to help servicemen, servicewomen, veterans and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.

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Mortgage 101: Should I Pay Down Debt or Save For a Down Payment?

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/2/15 11:39 AM

Many potential homebuyers cite existing debt or saving funds for a down payment as 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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10 Common Homebuying Myths Debunked

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/12/15 11:57 AM

Buying a home is a huge investment, making education essential. Here are several common myths surrounding buying and financing a home.

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How to Buy a Home Without a 20% Down Payment

Posted by Laine Smith on 9/17/15 8:00 AM

A major hurdle for some first-time homebuyers is coming up with the funds for a down payment or closing costs on their home purchase. Contrary to common belief, you don’t need a 20% down payment to purchase a home. Here are some of your options for buying a home with a low to no down payment option.

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How to Get $7,500 in Down Payment Assistance with 1stHomeIllinois

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/17/15 11:19 AM

With interest rates near historic lows, rental rates climbing 3.5 percent in the last 12 months, and the availability of down payment and closing cost assistance programs, there’s no better time to be a first-time homebuyer. Here's how the Illinois Housing Development Authority's new loan program is making homeownership even more enticing for first-timers.

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