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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

Homebuying Lingo You Need to Know

The homebuying industry is full of acronyms. It can be hard to keep up, so we’re here to help! Learn the lingo before going through the homebuying process so you sound like a pro. Here are some of the most important acronyms you need to know: APR (Annual Percentage Rate): The APR is simply the… 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

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

Mortgage Interest Credit

Depending on your annual income, you may qualify for a mortgage interest credit. In order to receive this credit, you will need a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC). The IRS will require the MCC in order to grant the interest credit so be sure to speak with a Loan Officer to find out if you qualify…. 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

What's the Best Home Loan Option for Me?

As a homebuyer, your mortgage is specific to your situation and lifestyle. There are many different factors to consider when thinking about which home loan option is best for you. While one buyer may be comfortable paying a 20% down payment, another buyer may need down payment assistance. How long you plan on living in… 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