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How-to’s: Understanding Your Credit Scores

March 31 2010 When you apply for a mortgage loan, one of the first things your lender will do is check your credit history, but they don’t read through your credit reports page by page. They get a snapshot of your credit called a credit score. Fair Isaac Corporation is the company that compiles … read more

Private Mortgage Insurance

August 31 2009 To encourage home buying during the Great Depression, the government created the Federal Housing Administration to provide insurance to banks on FHA-approved loans. If the borrower defaults, the bank is repaid in full and the home is taken over by HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development for sale.  … read more

Purchase Checklist

July 31 2008 man and woman We prepared this list to help make you comfortable with the home buying process. After all, this is an exciting time in your life, and we want to help you enjoy it. Read through the checklist, then call a mortgage professional for more information. Of course, purchase transactions can vary, … read more

The Right Mortgage

July 31 2008 If you’re considering buying a home, securing a mortgage loan is a key part of the process.  However, you’re probably wondering: how do I find the best mortgage loan for my financial needs? Generally speaking, there are two types of mortgage loans: A fixed-rate mortgage offers a rate that stays … read more

Your Credit

July 31 2008 How credit influences your home financing options One of the most important steps in buying a house is financing the purchase. Your credit is one of the first things that lenders examine when considering you for a loan. Making payments on time is the most important way to establish good credit. A … read more

The Loan Process

June 30 2008 First, you need to prequalify for the loan with your financial institution. This involves answering a few simple questions, which in turn begins the application process. The type of home, approximate cost of the home, how much you’ll want to borrow, the type of loan, and personal identification information, along … read more

Finance FAQ

June 30 2008 Below are some of the frequently asked questions that are posed by homebuyers who are new to the process of buying a home: woman with credit card laptop What is a mortgage? A mortgage is a loan used to buy a home or other real estate property, with the home serving as the collateral for the loan, acting … read more