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8 Tips to Winning a Bidding War in a Competitive Market

In a competitive market, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are 8 tips to help you win a bidding war: #1. Determine Price: Carefully consider how to price your offer, as it will be the first thing the seller sees. In a competitive market, you may need to match or slightly exceed the list price

Costs to Consider when Buying a Home

Down Payment – This is the initial payment made by the buyer at the time of purchase. It is typically a percentage of the home’s purchase price, and the exact amount varies depending on the lender and loan type. Generally, the larger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage payment and overall interest paid

Benefits of Home Ownership

Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of home ownership? Here are a few examples of what owning a home can provide you: ROOTS: Buying a home can provide a sense of stability and roots in a community, which can be particularly important for families or people who want to put down roots in

10 Commandments of a Mortgage Application

The below ten commandments outline what not to do during the mortgage application process: Thou shalt not make large purchases: Avoid making any large purchases on credit, such as buying a car or furniture, as it can affect your debt-to-income ratio and credit score. Thou shalt not quit or change jobs: Quitting or changing jobs

FHFA rescinds controversial DTI LLPA

Did you hear the exciting news? The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it would rescind a controversial loan-level pricing adjustment (LLPA) for conventional borrowers with debt-to-income (DTI) levels at or above 40%. The FHFA, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, had previously delayed implementation of the DTI LLPA until August. With its rescission, it will no longer

Benefits of a Construction Loan

Have you ever thought about building your dream home? We want to help turn those dreams into a reality! A construction loan can be a good option for those who are looking to build a new home or undertake a major renovation project, as it provides the flexibility and financing needed to make the project

MSHDA Down Payment Assistance Special Announcement

MSHDA Down Payment Assistance will now be streamlined by offering one DPA program for $10,000. Previously only available in select zip codes throughout the state, MI 10K DPA will now be available to all eligible homebuyers and homeowners in Michigan, helping to make housing more attainable for Michiganders by eliminating one of the most common

What Drives Interest Rates?

There are multiple factors that impact mortgage rates, and various triggers can cause them to oscillate up and down. INFLATION: The impact of inflation is significant for mortgage lenders as interest rates tend to increase when inflation rates surge. FEDERAL RESERVE: Although the Fed doesn’t have direct control over rates, changes in the Fed funds

First time homebuyer: 5 tips

Buying a home can be an exciting but daunting experience, especially for first-time homebuyers. Here are five tips to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions: Determine your budget: Before you start looking for a home, determine your budget based on your income, expenses, and savings. This will help you narrow down your

Buy vs Rent

In a seller’s market, where the demand for homes is high and the inventory of available homes is low, it can be challenging to decide whether to buy or rent. Here are some factors to consider: Affordability: In a seller’s market, home prices may be higher, and competition among buyers may be fierce. This can