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Buying your first home can be a very exciting time. You’re finally going to have your own space, and you’re ready to start a new chapter in your life as a homeowner. However, purchasing a property can be quite the process. We’ll walk you through the loan qualification requirements, various first-time homebuyer programs, and loan options available.

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Establishing good credit takes time, and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan program is designed to help our service members and veterans achieve homeownership. With a government-insured VA home loan, eligible service members, veterans and their families can enjoy low interest rates and no down payments on qualified mortgages, while also eliminating the need to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI).

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A conventional loan is a type of mortgage that is not part of a specific government program, such as Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) loan programs. However, conventional loans are commonly interchangeable with "conforming loans", since they are required to conform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s underwriting requirements and loan limits.

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Sick of renting and wondering how to save for a down payment? These tips will help you save enough to finally buy.

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The answer is, no. The down payment amount can vary depending on the type of loan for which you’re applying. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to save, as well as down payment assistance programs and other funding sources for buyers. We compiled a list of alternative options for your down payment. Let’s first see what the down payment amount is for the type of loan you’re looking at.

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Enterprise Paid Mortgage Insurance (EPMI) is a type of mortgage insurance option for borrowers with an LTV ratio greater than 80%. EPMI is another option for borrowers to obtain mortgage insurance, where the mortgage insurance is obtained from an approved insurance provider.

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During the homebuying process, you’re sure to encounter the term Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio. So what exactly is your LTV ratio, and why is it important?

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You have probably heard home buyers, sellers and real estate professionals talk about being in escrow, close of escrow, or even “falling out of escrow.” What do these terms mean, and how will they impact your home buying journey?

Read more about The Role of Escrow Accounts in Real Estate Transactions