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When It’s Time to Choose a New Mortgage Broker

Buying a new home or refinancing your mortgage can help you build wealth and put you on the fast track to reach long-term financial goals. So it makes sense to shop for the lowest mortgage rate. At first glance, this seems like a smart move, but it’s not always the best financial move. But choosing […]

How to Decide: Should I Build or Buy a Home?

If you’ve been house shopping for a while, you may have considered building your dream home from the ground up. In some states, it’s much cheaper to build your own home, but in other areas it can be even more expensive. Costs of materials, construction, architects, blueprints, and getting everything delivered can be a struggle. […]

Why You Might Need a Co-Ownership Agreement

If you’re one of many unmarried homebuyers ready to buy a home with your partner, there are a few things to know. For one, marrieds and unmarrieds are treated differently when it comes to state laws and taxes, and buying a house together puts you straight in the crosshairs of both. A few things that […]

Financing an Investment Property, Part 2

How do I finance an investment property for the first time? Last week I offered a 5 step blueprint to help answer this question. Mortgage rates are still low and a lot of homeowners want to know the best way to access capital to expand their real estate portfolio. What’s more, new legislation in California […]

How to Finance an Investment Property for the First Time

Investing in real estate can protect against inflation, expand your wealth portfolio and hedge against stock market volatility. Still, investing in real estate is not without its own risks. If you’re thinking about buying a second home or investment property, it’s wise to know your options. Especially how to finance an investment property. Doing a […]

How Much House Can I Afford Right Now?

One of the top questions I hear from clients is, “How much house can I afford right now based on my salary?” Usually, they tell me what they make and want to know how much house they can afford based on that criteria. But salary is only one part of the equation. To figure out […]

Get a Mortgage with 100% Financing for Medical Professionals

The medical professional home loan (aka physician loan or doctor loan) is built to help you qualify for a mortgage with 100% financing. That’s a zero-down payment, even with heavy student loan debt. You can even qualify before you’ve finished your residency once you have an employment offer pending. Physicians, medical professionals, and other healthcare […]

5 Steps to Buying a Condo in 2021

Buying a condo for the first time can be a smart path to homeownership in 2021. Condos offer homeownership at a lower purchase price than single-family homes and a lot less maintenance. Buying a condo also offers community living, access to shared amenities such as fitness centers, pools, tennis courts, or parks. As a result, condos are […]

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 […]