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FHA Reduces Mortgage Insurance Premiums

On Monday, the Federal Housing Administration announced it would be reducing monthly mortgage insurance premiums on loans closing or disbursing January 27th or later. This change means more borrowers may be eligible to purchase a home through the FHA in 2017. The FHA provides government backed mortgages for as little as 3.5% down, which is… Read More

2016 Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Purchased or refinanced a home in 2016? Find out the tax benefits available to you as a homeowner. For most people, the annual task of completing income taxes is about as exciting as a visit to the dentist’s office. BUT…homeownership typically means increased tax deductions, which are generally considered to be a good thing. Use… Read More

First Home Mortgage Wins the Baltimore 2016 Top Workplace Award

Last night, First Home Mortgage accepted the 2016 Top Workplace honor from The Baltimore Sun. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey which reflects organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. “The Top Workplaces… Read More

FHFA Increases Loan Limits for 2017

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced loan limits would increase for the first time since 2006. For over 10 years, the maximum loan limit for single family homes has been $417,000 in most counties across the country. In 2017, the loan limit will rise to $424,100, an increase of 1.7%. Why did… Read More

Last Minute Prep for Holiday Guests

Thanksgiving marks the start of a hectic holiday season. If you’re hosting dinner at your house this year, your mind is probably going through every detail before guests arrive. Here’s a few pointers to help you stay on track and have a (mostly) stress-free Thanksgiving. Focus There’s no time to clear every inch of your… Read More

How the Election Affects the Housing Market

After Hillary Clinton’s defeat became evident, and Donald Trump became our president-elect, markets started going a bit haywire. Overnight trading in stock market futures, which provides a speculative and hedging market for what the stock market will open at the next day, started sinking precipitously. However, by morning, everyone had changed their tune and the stock… Read More

Fall Home Improvement Projects that Add Value

For most homeowners, fall is the season you adorn the house with harvest decorations and take in the colorful foliage. The new season can also be the perfect time to tackle some home improvement projects you have on your to-do list. The cooler weather makes outside DIY tasks more bearable, or if you decide to hire… Read More

9 Ways to Avoid Mortgage Sabotage

Homebuyers are often not aware of how an innocent transaction such as making a credit card purchase or moving cash from one bank to another can jeopardize the mortgage pre-qualification process. Please be aware of the common areas that need special attention: Review your credit report: The best way to get a jump start on… Read More

First Home Mortgage named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work

Every year, The Baltimore Business Journal invites nominations for “Baltimore’s Best Places to Work”.  Employees are invited to complete a survey to provide feedback and consider their workplace as one of the “best”. This year, First Home Mortgage was proud to be listed as one of “Baltimore’s Best Places to Work” in the large company… Read More

Which mortgage is right for you?

As a home buyer, you may have more options than you realize to finance your investment. Figuring out which loan suits your needs requires research. Your Loan Officer will assess your situation and walk you through all of your choices. However, it never hurts to have a head start by knowing the basic categories of… Read More