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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 […]

5 Smart Tips for the Best HELOC Rate

A Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC is a great option when you want to borrow money against your home without refinancing. Unlike a home equity loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) is an open line of credit that uses your home as collateral.  You draw from the account at your convenience […]

Today’s Housing Market: How to Win the Bidding War

  Today’s housing market is changing rapidly and housing inventory is dropping. A lot of homeowners are taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance their mortgage or start renovations. Some homeowners are selling to move to less expensive areas, and they know the housing market is already shifting in their favor. So if you’re […]

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 […]

How Lenders Calculate Weekly or Bi-Weekly Income When Qualifying

  There is an ‘Ability to Repay’ or ‘ART’ rule that lenders follow when approving a traditional mortgage. When lenders calculate income, they are required to both determine and document that determination of whether or not someone can safely afford a new home loan. This is a result of the vast mortgage guideline changes implemented […]

What’s the Reason for a Vacancy Factor?

If you’re new to the world of investing in real estate, one term you may run into is the vacancy factor. As part of the approval process to buy a rental property, one of the early qualifying factors will be income. Rental income from the property might be able to be used to qualify for […]

Overlays Explained

What are Overlays? An Overlay is a mortgage industry term. In simple terms, overlays are additional qualifying requirements on top of the guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as FHA, VA and USDA. These guidelines are set forth for several reasons but one is to provide lenders with mortgage program stability. […]

Qualifying Income You May Not Know About

When people start thinking about different types of qualifying income, most simply come to the conclusion that income is defined by their regular paycheck on the 1st and 15th. And that’s true, most people do get their income from their employer. It’s the most common form. Mortgage lenders use this income when qualifying someone for […]