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Mortgage Calculators

Here at First Home Mortgage we strive to deliver excellent customer service from the start. We provide tools and resources to better prepare you for purchasing or refinancing your home. Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, you’ve purchased before, or you are refinancing, you will have questions and concerns. “What will my… Read More

DTI Ratio: What it Means for Your Mortgage, and 5 Ways to Improve it!

What Does DTI Ratio Mean for your Mortgage? Debt to income ratio is a calculation of the percentage of your monthly debt payments, compared with your gross (pretax) monthly income. Monthly debt payments include mortgage payments, car payments, and any other minimum loan or card payments. Living expenses like gas, groceries, and utilities are not… Read More

Down Payment Tips for Gen Z

Are you a Gen Zer unsure about your financial responsibility when it comes to buying a home? Buying a home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process or a financial drain. How should you prepare?   1. Down Payments Down payments seem to be the biggest obstacle first time home buyers think they will face… Read More

Build Your Budget in 2020

Creating and utilizing a budget is an integral part of everyone’s financial stability and growth. The term “budget” can sometimes get a bad wrap, but it’s not about harsh restrictions. Building a budget just means knowing how much money you have, where it’s at, and where it’s going. If you don’t currently use a budget,… Read More

New Year, New Goals! Tips for Improving your Credit Score in 2020.

If you’re considering purchasing or refinancing a home, it’s a good idea to look at your credit score first. Your credit score will directly impact your interest rate, and the loan programs that you qualify for. When it comes to a home loan, improving your score can save you money and give you a larger… Read More

Tips for Preparing for Tax Season

2019 has come to an end which means tax season is right around the corner. Soon it will be time to prepare your 2019 tax returns and it pays to be ready! Getting prepared early can not only save you time and stress but potentially money.  It’s especially important if you have experienced major changes… Read More

Calculating Your Home Equity

What is home equity? Equity is the portion of the home that you truly own and does not need to be repaid to any lender. How is home equity calculated? Current Appraised Value – Mortgage Loan Balance = Home Equity Subtract the amount you owe on your home loan/s from its appraised value to get… Read More

Which Renovations Have the Highest Impact on Your Home's Value?

Remodeling your home is a wonderful way to make it your own when you first move in, or to update the space as your needs and styles change over time. Since home renovations can be pricey, balancing your budget and wish list can be tricky. Fortunately, there are lots of projects that can make you… Read More

New Loan Limits!

Loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac increase to $510,400 in 2020, an increase from $484,350 in 2019! The Federal Housing Finance Agency has announced the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits for mortgages for 2020. Each year, the baseline conforming loan limit is adjusted accordingly with the change in the average… Read More

PreScreen Opt-Out

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies can share lists that contain the information of people who had recent credit inquiries, such as with mortgage applications. Companies, and sometimes individuals, purchase those lists with the intention of soliciting and selling additional credit and loan services, known as “Firm Offers”, to the unsuspecting… Read More