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Tuesday, March 19, 2019   /   by Steve Smith

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy a Home?

What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House?


There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed!
Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown according to Experian:

16% Very Poor (300-579)
18% Fair (580-669)
21% Good (670-739)
25% Very Good (740-799)
20% Exceptional (800-850)

Randy Hopper, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Navy Federal Credit Union said,

“Just because you have a low credit score doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a home. There are a lot of options out there for consumers with low FICO® scores,”

There are many programs available with low or no credit score requirement. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) now requires a minimum F ...

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Friday, March 15, 2019   /   by Steve Smith

Don't Let Your Luck Run Out! Rates Are Low- Buy Soon!

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]


Some Highlights:

Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018.
Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home!
Buying now will allow you to start earning equity today!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019   /   by Steve Smith

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!

7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!





Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases, move any money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.


Below is a list of 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do After Applying for a Mortgage! Some may seem obvious, but some may not!


1. Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well.


2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any am ...

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Monday, March 11, 2019   /   by Steve Smith

4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Spring!

4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring





Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.


1. Prices Will Continue to Rise


CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.6% over the next year.


Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.


2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase


Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage came in at 4.41% last week. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting rates will increase by this time next ...

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