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Can You Buy a Home With Student Debt?

According to The Institute for College Access & Success, about 65% of college seniors who graduated in 2017 had student loan debt. In Maryland, the average amount of debt was $29,314. Many potential homebuyers think with a mound of student debt it will be nearly impossible to purchase a new home. Luckily, there are options… Read More

Maximum Conforming Loan Limits Announced for 2019

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2019. Starting January 1, 2019, in most of the U.S., the maximum conforming loan limit for one-unit properties will be $484,350, an increase from $453,100 in 2018. FHFA’s house price index… Read More

New Down Payment Assistance Loan - Chenoa Fund

Now available, Chenoa Fund is an affordable housing program provided through an FHA approved, federally chartered government agency. This program specializes in providing down payments for borrowers receiving an FHA 1st mortgage. 100% financing is made possible by 3.5% in down payment assistance from the Chenoa Fund. This program is available to both first-time and… Read More

5 Home Loan Milestones

Buying a home may seem a bit complicated, and sometimes it can be. It is important to understand what to expect when preparing to buy a home, and what to expect during the home buying process. Below we’ve provided a short outline of the five main milestones of the home buying process. Pre-Qualification You’re ready… Read More

Why Is a Home No Longer Pending?

A pending sale means the seller has accepted an offer but the deal hasn’t closed yet. A property is placed in pending status when the contract is executed; when the contract is executed, in other words, the property is no longer defined as an active listing. A home will remain pending until all legal work… Read More

What Causes Rates to Fluctuate?

An interest rate is a percentage of the amount of a loan paid for the use of money for a specified time. More simply put, it is the rate of interest charged on your mortgage loan. Interest rates are volatile, meaning they can fluctuate sharply and regularly. There are many elements that affect your mortgage… Read More

What is Homebuyer Education, and Why Do You Need It?

Homebuyer education, also called housing or pre-purchase counseling, helps homebuyers prepare for the process of purchasing a home and the challenges of being a new homeowner. Some loan programs, like the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP), require homebuyer education courses. Recently, the Maryland Mortgage Program has made updates to their homebuyer education requirements to simplify and… Read More

Buying a Home in a Gig Economy

A gig economy refers to a workplace in which temporary or flexible jobs are the norm, such as freelance or contract work, as opposed to permanent, full-time jobs.  There is no fixed salary, so income may be irregular and sometimes it may not even be documented.  Future income is also unpredictable while working freelance or… Read More

How to Win in a Competitive Market

It’s a seller’s market in the mortgage world these days. That means there are more buyers looking to purchase homes than there are homes for sale, giving way to some strong competition. Properties may be going off of the market more quickly since there is higher interest, and they may be selling for more than… Read More

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

You’ve heard the terms pre-qualification and pre-approval, but what do they mean? They are the same thing, right? Not quite! The terms have been used interchangeably, but their true definitions differ. We’re going to break it down and explain the difference between the two. Pre-qualification The very first step to take if you are ready… Read More