Primary Residence: The Real Definition and Why it Matters

First, primary residence and principal residence mean the same thing. So when we talk about mortgages, primary residence and principal residence are interchangeable terms. What is a Primary Residence? In short, a primary residence is the main location where a person lives. It could be a home, condo, apartment, or even a boat. The main defining criteria are simple: […]

When Should I Buy Mortgage Points?

When you’re ready to buy a home, you can lower your interest rate by buying mortgage points. If getting the lowest interest rate is your primary goal, then choosing to buy mortgage points or “discount” points can make a lot of sense. But paying mortgage points at closing isn’t always the best financial decision when […]

Financing a Condotel Loan (It’s Easier Than You Might Think)

If you’re having trouble getting a condotel loan or financing a luxury condominium, you’re not alone. Many property owners and investors are looking to diversify their portfolios while rates are still low. But conventional guideline restrictions on condotels and non-warrantable condos have made it a little more challenging to apply and get approved. Well-qualified borrowers […]

How to Use Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) as Qualifying Income Toward Your Mortgage

Does your employer offer restricted stock units as part of your compensation package? Recently, a client asked if they could use restricted stock units as qualifying income to apply for a home loan. It’s becoming more common for big tech companies like Amazon and Google and large corporations to offer company stock to their employees. […]

How to Finance a Fixer-Upper with an FHA 203(k) Home Loan

Buying a fixer-upper can be a fast way to get into a great home that is selling below market value and build home equity fast.  But buying a home that needs a lot of repairs and remodeling can also be a money pit with whole lot of stress. If you want to dive into a […]

Renting vs. Buying a Home in 2021

Renting vs. Buying a Home in 2021 No matter where you live, this past year brought a lot of uncertainty. Now with 2021 underway the housing market is shifting again. Deciding to rent or buy a new home in 2021 comes with a whole new set of questions this time around. Deciding Whether to Rent […]

Jumbo Mortgage Rates are Rising – Should I Refinance?

Some of my clients are asking, should I refinance my jumbo mortgage now or wait? It might not be the right move for every homeowner but it could be a smart financial decision depending on your financial goals. Yes, mortgage rates are starting to rise. Mortgage interest rates are still low, but as mortgage rates […]

How to Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan Fast

If you’re thinking about buying your next home then you’ve probably heard about getting pre-qualified or pre-approved for your home loan. Whether this is your first home or you haven’t purchased a new home for a while, the home-buying process can still feel overwhelming. Let’s face it, going to open houses is a lot more […]

5 Simple Homebuyer Tips Before You Make an Offer

Most houses are staged with the homebuyer in mind.  Everything looks beautiful from the walk up to the backroom closets and fresh flowers in the kitchen.  It’s easy to get swept away with a first impression so it’s important to pull back the shades and take a deep look inside and out.  A good home inspection […]