Mortgages

In this section you'll find all of our articles related to mortgages. Our library consists of everything from deep dives on specific mortgage types, to best practices when considering what type of mortgage is right for you.

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Conventional Mortgages

Conventional mortgages offer great terms for credit-worthy borrowers looking to purchase or refinance. Conventional mortgages are, technically, all those not backed by a government program or funding. Instead, they are funded and insured by private lenders.

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What is a remote closing?

February 26th, 2024

Sign mortgage documents electronically from the comfort of your home.

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What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?

February 26th, 2024

You may have heard the term "PUD," but what does it actually mean?

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FHA Amendatory Clause

February 23rd, 2024

Protecting you against appraisal risk

Streamline Refinance Loans

February 16th, 2024

Simplified Refinancing for Recent Homebuyers

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The VA Tidewater Initiative

February 5th, 2024

Navigating the VA's Appraisal Reconsideration Process

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Fannie Mae Introduces $2,500 Down Payment Assistance

January 25th, 2024

New down payment assistance program by Fannie Mae in 2024

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The FHA Flip Rule

June 1st, 2023

One of the most overlooked FHA rules.

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VA Loans: Empowering Veterans through Homeownership

May 24, 2023

The origins, evolution & impact of VA loans.

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Home Insurance vs. Home Warranty

May 19, 2023

What's the difference?

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Understanding Escrow Accounts

May 15, 2023

What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Matter

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Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

May 4, 2023

Five simple moves you can make today to improve your FICO score

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Let's Get to the Point

April 21, 2023

Understanding mortgage points and when it makes sense to buy them.

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Documents You'll Need for a Mortgage Loan

April 10, 2023

Having these documents readily available will help ensure a smooth and efficent application process.

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First-Time Home Buyer Programs

February 24, 2023

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently released updates to their first-time home buyer programs. See what these can mean for you.

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What Is Wrong with APR?

February 22, 2023

APR is a simple comparison tool to help you quickly weigh one loan offer against another, but what if it's misleading?

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How to Use Your Home Equity

February 15, 2023

You start building equity with your down payment and continue building it with each monthly payment. Let's look at how to use it.

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What Credit Score Do I Need?

February 8, 2023

The minimum required credit score will depend on the loan you apply for and the lender you apply with.

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Who Pays Closing Costs?

February 1, 2023

Mortgage closing costs are an unavoidable part of the process. Our simple question is: why should it be on you to pay them?

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Conventional Loan Limits

January 31, 2023

There is a conforming conventional loan limit for every area. You can still get a loan if you need more than the limit, it just may be "jumbo."

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How Long Does a Pre-Approval Last?

January 26, 2023

You've submitted your mortgage application and received a pre-approval. How long does it last?

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Buy Now,
Save Now

January 19, 2023

Ready to buy and just waiting on rates? Wait no more. We've got you covered with our rate buy down program.

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Mortgage Quote vs Loan Estimate

January 13, 2023

Your down payment is your financial interest in a property, usually a percentage of the total purchase price.

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What Is a Down Payment?

January 12, 2023

Your down payment is your financial interest in a property, usually a percentage of the total purchase price.

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Conventional Mortgages

January 4, 2023

Conventional mortgages offer great terms for credit-worthy borrowers looking to purchase or refinance.

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FHA and VA Loans

January 3, 2023

The FHA and VA offer special loan products designed to help qualified borrowers secure a primary residence.

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Fannie, Freddie & AMI

December 24, 2022

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) that provide underwriting guidelines and financial backing to the mortgage industry.

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Refinance Guide

December 15, 2022

Refinancing your mortgage could help you achieve your financial goals. In this guide, we'll provide an overview of our refinance process.

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