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How to Prequalify for a Home Loan

10.12.22

Purchasing a home can be an exciting journey. Of course, before you get to experience the joy of unlocking your front door for the very first time, there are some tasks that you’ll need to take care of along the way. For most homebuyers, this includes securing a home loan. As you prepare to purchase a mortgage, one of your first steps might be to pre-qualify for a home loan.

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What is a Conditional Loan Approval?

05.24.22

A conditional approval is different than both pre-approval and full approval. It relies on specific conditions being met at closing. Learn more.

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Mortgage Pre-Approval: What Is It? Why Do I Need It?

04.05.22

Shopping for a new home can be an incredibly exciting experience. Along with that excitement, you may also end up feeling overwhelmed or even intimidated, as the realization sets in on what a life-changing decision you are making. You will have many questions: Where should you buy? How many bedrooms do you need? And most importantly — does your home wish list fit your budget?

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What Is the Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio?

05.03.18

Debt-to-income (DTI) ratio isn’t as talked about as often as your credit score, but it’s just as important when seeking a home loan. So what goes into DTI? It’s the amount of recurring monthly debt you have compared to your monthly gross income.

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Understanding the Mortgage Process: How Long Will It Take?

07.19.17

You have made the decision to buy a new home and the house you love is on the market. You’ve submitted your loan application, but what’s next? What are the remaining steps until you have assurance that the new home will be yours?

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How to Buy a House: Tips from the Experts

07.19.17

Ready to buy a home? Can't stop daydreaming about that charming townhouse? Not so fast. There's a lot more that goes into buying your first home than scrolling sales listings and wishful thinking. Get the down-low from our housing market experts.

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