<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=981546022040035&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

APM BLOG

SCROLL

Our Blog Puts YOU in the Driver’s Seat

Helping customers like you achieve their financial goals is all we do, which is why we’re arming you with our expert insight, tips, and advice to help you get there.

American Pacific Mortgage

Recent Posts

4 Reasons to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

An accessory dwelling unit, or “ADU,” is a fancy phrase for a smaller stand-alone space on your property. They’re oftentimes referred to as guest houses, granny flats, or even pool houses. These modest spaces are functional, livable, and super convenient if you need more room but don’t feel like packing up and moving into a new home entirely.

The reasons to build an accessory dwelling unit are almost as diverse as the units themselves. Maybe your home feels cramped now that you’re trying to work from home while your kids are homeschooling. Maybe you have parents or in-laws who are at that stage where they need a little help but aren’t ready (or you’re not ready) for an assisted facility. The same can be true of college students or adult children who need to save money or perhaps have encountered some career or financial obstacles.

Read Article

The Benefits of Multigenerational Living

Everyone under one roof. The notion is becoming more and more common nowadays, especially during the pandemic. You have college students who no longer need to live on campus due to remote learning, adult children who are trying to save money, and aging parents who may need assistance but are not comfortable in a nursing home environment right now.

There are many benefits of living in a multigenerational home, not the least of which is the quality time you have with family members that you would otherwise miss out on. This has become particularly relevant during the pandemic, as social distancing and restrictions often prevent loved ones from not only gathering on a regular basis but also on family-focused holidays. This scenario is even more heartbreaking for elderly relatives, especially those in nursing homes whose compromised immune systems mean visitors are often not allowed.

Read Article

APM Celebrates Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, we've asked a few of our employees to share what Black History means to them. Acknowledging and celebrating the key achievements of Black Americans throughout our country's history gives us all an important opportunity to reflect on the past and strive for a better, more equitable future for all.

Read Article

How APMCares Gave Back in 2020

2020 was quite a year in every way, and one where community organizations and charities around the country needed our help more than ever. In addition to very high levels of need due to the economic effects of the pandemic, organizations also had to adapt to how they operate to keep everyone safe.

All of this created a perfect storm, with organizations desperately needing more support than ever. As a company, we’re proud of our team members’ continued efforts and focus on the communities they serve during these challenging times. With their help through donations and nominations, APMCares, our nonprofit, was able to give back in a big way in 2020.

Read Article

The Value of Using a Licensed Real Estate Agent

There are times to DIY (do it yourself), and there are times to call in an expert. Buying a home is not the time to try your hand at real estate negotiations. Can you buy a home without an agent? Of course you can—just as you can sell a home without an agent—but those decisions tend to cost you in time, energy and, most of all, money!

Read Article

Why You Should Start the Homebuying Process with a Pre-approval

You know you want to purchase a home—and that is so exciting! We feel your energy, we really do. But before you start looking online or driving around neighborhoods in search of your dream home, you need to get your ducks in a row and prevent unpleasant surprises that can delay the lending process.

As exciting as it is to look for—and find—a new home, there can be some surprises along the way. Not all of these surprises are fun, and the last thing you want to do is get your heart set on your perfect home only to realize you can’t qualify for the loan.

Read Article

Pre-approval vs. Pre-qualification: What’s the Difference?

Deciding it’s time to buy a home can be exhilarating—but it’s also a little daunting. Taking time to research your options before you begin your home search is often the best place to start. One big factor to consider is whether you need a pre-approval vs. a pre-qualification.

Read Article

How Making Extra Mortgage Payments Can Benefit You

Owning your home provides safety, security, and stability when it comes to your living situation, especially if you have a fixed-rate mortgage. Knowing that your mortgage payment will never increase and a landlord will never ask you to move can do wonders for your psyche—and your sleep!

You know the one thing that can provide even more safety, security, and stability? Paying off your home loan early. The best part is you don’t have to write a massive six-figure check to do this. Making as little as one extra mortgage payment a year can yield big-time results, and savings, as you work towards paying down your principal.

Making extra mortgage payments can be done in a few ways.

Read Article

5 Ways to Manage Debt Effectively

Getting into debt can be fun for a moment (hello, last-minute trip to Cabo!), but that debt hangover will last long after those margaritas have made their way out of your system. Once your splurge is over, you’re left with a long-term debt obligation that may grow ever larger, thanks to compounding interest.

Let’s face it, debt is the pied piper that demands you sacrifice current and future wants and needs for past spending. It can also prevent you from achieving your goals if this debt hurts your credit score or results in a high debt-to-income ratio, making it harder to borrow more money.

So, nip that obligation in the bud and get that piper off your back by managing debt effectively.

Read Article

Planning to Buy a House in the New Year

The New Year is full of new goals. For many, planning to buy a house is one of them—and who could blame them? With interest rates teetering at historic lows, the door for many borrowers has been opened, and these rates have provided some borrowers the opportunity to increase their price range.

If you’re ready to get the process started to ensure you’ve got all your ducks in a row when it comes time to pull the trigger and submit an offer on a house, APM is here to help with planning tips for buying a home in the new year.

Read Article

Setting Financial Goals for the New Year

New Year, new you, right? This mantra doesn’t just apply to fitness goals—it encompasses all the resolutions you commit to tackling in 2021 with renewed purpose. For many, those resolutions take the form of financial goals (hey, new year, new home does have a nice ring to it!).

Whether you’re looking to make a big-ticket purchase, plump up your savings account, or embark on a trip around the world once COVID-19 is history, establishing a few financial goals will ensure your wallet and heart are on the same page.

Read Article

How to Set Effective New Year's Resolutions

The clock is ticking, but we still have a little time before 2021 is upon us. This year, no one could blame you for simply surviving the challenges that 2020 brought, but for those who want to thrive in the new year, setting a few effective resolutions can be your key to success.

Read Article

There’s Still Much to Appreciate this Holiday Season

The 2020 holiday season will undoubtedly be one for the books. While the phrase “home for the holidays” may take on new meaning, there is still lots to be thankful for as we inch toward the New Year.

Here are just a few things on our radar.

Read Article

Surprising Factors that Influence Mortgage Interest Rates

Interest rates are one of the biggest factors that can influence your homebuying process. This little—or big—number can dictate how much house you can afford . . . and if you can afford to buy a house at all. With so much riding on this figure, it’s important to understand what determines interest rates.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: I know what determines interest rates. My credit score and the size of my down payment! And you would be correct on that, to some degree. While credit score and down payment are two factors that may impact the exact mortgage interest rate offered to you, there are larger interest rate factors at play that determine where these published rates will land day in and day out.

Though you may not know it, there are five surprising factors that can influence mortgage interest rates.

Read Article

Building New Traditions

When we think of Thanksgiving celebrations, we likely think of family, friends, amazing food, festive cocktails, and tunes. We also may think of that post-feast nap on the couch! You likely have already established your traditions over the years that might include specific menus, pre- or post-dinner activities, and even the guest list. Traditions are a wonderful way to bring family history and beloved memories with us throughout the generations. While it’s important (dare we say imperative?) to keep traditions going, it’s also fun to create new traditions to add to the mix as well.

Read Article

Understanding VA Home Loan Benefits and Who Qualifies for Them

There are so many VA home loan benefits that make this the ideal lending vehicle for service members, veterans, and surviving spouses. But you can’t use these benefits to buy a home if you don’t understand what they are—or who qualifies for them.

So let’s get right to it.

Read Article

The Biggest VA Home Loan Myths—BUSTED!

The VA home loan program is an amazing benefit for our deserving active-duty service members, veterans, and surviving spouses of veterans. While no one could ever repay you for the sacrifices you’ve made, the VA loan was created to make your dreams of homeownership just a little easier to achieve.

Read Article

How Your Military Service Can Help You Qualify for Affordable VA Loans

As an active-duty service member, veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, you’ve made your country proud and, now, we hope to do the same for you. That’s why American Pacific Mortgage is honored to work with you to obtain affordable VA loans that can help our service members and their families achieve their American Dream.

Read Article
LOAD MORE

TOP POSTS

3 Ways to Get Creative when Paying Closing Costs
Read Article
How Much One Extra Mortgage Payment Can Save You
Read Article
21 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment
Read Article

Want more great content right in your inbox?

RECENT POSTS

4 Reasons to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
Read Article
The Benefits of Multigenerational Living
Read Article
APM Celebrates Black History Month
Read Article