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Keep Your Pre-Approval in Great Shape

By First IB on March 28, 2016

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Once you’re pre-approved for your new home, it’s important to maintain your pre-approval status until after your loan closes. Your pre-approval is based on a financial “snapshot” taken at the … Read More

Rent or Buy? Making the Best Housing Decision for You

By First IB on March 21, 2016

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Owning a home has been called “the American Dream.” Listed below are some considerations to help you make the decision that’s right for you and your financial future. Housing has … Read More

Is Now the Best Time to Buy a Home?

By First IB on March 14, 2016

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Going from renter to homeowner is a huge step in your financial life. It’s a long-term commitment, kind of like going from dating to marriage. And after the housing meltdown … Read More

The Importance of Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage

By First IB on February 29, 2016

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Want to increase your odds of a successful home search? Get pre-approved for a mortgage so you can demonstrate to realtors and sellers alike that you’re a qualified, serious borrower. … Read More

Determining How Much You Can Borrow to Buy a Home

By First IB on February 22, 2016

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There are three critical factors that determine how much you qualify to borrow, and the rate and terms for your home loan: Your credit history, or FICO score Your capacity … Read More

Choosing the Right Mortgage Lender For You

By First IB on February 15, 2016

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When it comes to choosing the right lender for your mortgage, it helps to think of yourself as an investigative journalist and use The Five Ws — Who, What, When, … Read More

Getting the Best Mortgage For Your Situation

By First IB on February 8, 2016

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Buying a home can be as exciting as it can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be, if you’re prepared and make good choices. It’s critical to understand your … Read More

Understanding the New Process for Buying a Home

By First IB on October 28, 2015

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The process for buying a home is different than it used to be. Following the 2008 housing crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was directed by Federal financial reform legislation … Read More

[VIDEO] Demystifying the Home Appraisal Process

By First IB on July 31, 2015

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A home appraisal can be stressful…but it doesn’t have to be. Watch this short video to learn how an appraisal works, what you can expect during the process and tips … Read More

Which is Better — A 30-Year or 15-Year Fixed Mortgage?

By First IB on June 23, 2015

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Choosing the best mortgage option really depends on your situation and your financial goals. The most common conventional mortgage program is a 30-year fixed rate loan. As the name implies, … Read More

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