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Working with first-time buyers in a competitive seller’s market

Sellers are driving the market, but first-time buyers can still find success if they stay open to compromise and work with agents who set proper expectations.

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More homeowners are refinancing as rates dip

Mortgage News: Mortgage rates have dropped for the third week in a row, and homeowners are likely jumping on the opportunity to refinance at a lower rate.

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Fixed-rate vs. adjustable-rate mortgages: What's the difference?

Trying to decide between a fixed-rate mortgage and an adjustable-rate mortgage? Here’s the difference, and how to figure out which home loan is right for you.

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The differences between contingent vs pending home sales

Is that home really for sale? Learn what it means when you see "contingent" vs "pending" next to a real estate listing—and when you can still put in an offer.

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The essential home inspection checklist for homebuyers

Home inspections give buyers peace of mind before closing on a home. Here’s a checklist and tips to help you prep for this process.

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New developments are going up at a record pace. Here's how to shop for them.

Mortgage News: Builders are moving at their fastest pace in 15 years—but buyers are still likely to face tough competition for new developments.

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The most important questions to ask when buying a house

From how budgeting really works to whether you should have a real estate agent, asking these questions when buying a house will give you a competitive edge.

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Rates took a dip. Is it time to refinance?

Mortgage News: While a recent dip in rates may provide homeowners savings, the truth is, shifts in the market shouldn’t determine when it’s time to refinance.

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Pros and cons of buying a house

Homeownership can improve your finances and quality of life, but there are costs to prepare for. We break them all down so you can decide to buy or not to...

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Is it a good time to refinance?

It is a good time to refinance? Low interest rates can signal opportunities for homeowners, but here’s what else you should take into consideration.

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Navigating spring real estate markets

Spring real estate markets heat up across the sun belt, and median listing prices hit an all time high as buyer demand continues to far outweigh housing supply.

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How to keep costs down as home prices rise

Mortgage News: Home prices are growing at their fastest pace in 15 years, but homebuyers still have options that can help remedy home costs.

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Is a bridge loan right for your client?

Help your clients understand how a bridge loan can be a stepping stone to their next mortgage.

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Mortgage advice lenders don’t (usually) tell you

Here we answer the most common mortgage questions for new home loans and refinancing. This is the mortgage advice you need to make the best decision for you.

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Is homebuying season the best time to buy?

Mortgage News: Homebuying season is upon us, but given the pandemic’s impact on the market, heavy sales and competition may not be limited to just one season.

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What is an escrow account?

Here's a breakdown on the types of escrow accounts used in different parts of the homebuying process, from closing on a loan to paying your monthly mortgage.

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What to know about buying a second home

If you’re thinking about buying a second home, there are some important rules to know. Learn about how to qualify for a mortgage on your second home.

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Will rates go down? Maybe not, but they remain lower than last year

Mortgage News: Even though rates are rising, they’re still low enough to save owners and buyers more than last spring when the pandemic began.

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The downside of bidding wars and multiple offers

The real estate market is showing no signs of slowing, as homebuyers begin to feel the fatigue of multiple-offer scenarios and all-out bidding wars.

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Home equity gains are averaging $26k per owner

Mortgage News: Rising property values have driven home equity to a record high, leading more and more owners to cash-out refinance.

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