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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.

Is Building a Home Right for You?

Searching for a home can be an exciting process, but this journey can quickly get frustrating if you can’t find what you’re looking for. As we all know, buying a home involves more than just the actual real estate. You have to consider the neighborhood, surrounding amenities, outdoor space, and of course the actual home and its features. 

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APM Elevate: January 2024

As we move through January, we've been reflecting on the enduring values championed by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Protect Your Credit Score During the Home-Buying Process

Protecting your credit score is important all the time, but even more so when you’re thinking about buying a home and need a mortgage loan. That’s because there aren’t many other times in our lives when we need a loan amount of this size.

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How to Set Achievable Financial Goals

New year, new goals, right? When it comes to personal goal-setting, creating financial goals can be one of the most meaningful things you can do for yourself and your family.

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What Is a Good Credit Score to Get a Mortgage Loan?

Before you go too far down the house-hunting rabbit hole, you’ll want to ensure that you meet the credit score requirements to secure a mortgage loan. After all, this mortgage loan will allow you to purchase your dream home. And while many factors go into qualifying, a good credit score is definitely one of them. 

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Budgeting for Homeownership in the New Year

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into full effect. If yours include financial goals like saving for retirement, paying off student loan debt, or buying a home, then read on for some solid financial planning advice, and make sure to download our personal budgeting guide here.

The new year is a great time to think about budgeting for homeownership. When you do this correctly, you can get into your own home more quickly than you might expect.

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Buy a Home Now, Refinance Later at Reduced Fees

The real estate waiting game is no fun. But with today’s high interest rate, some would-be buyers think it’s prudent to play if they want to secure the best homeownership deal. The problem with that is you miss out on homeownership opportunities today, including less competition and falling prices in many markets.

 

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APM Elevate: December 2023

As we dive into the celebrations this month, we hope your time with loved ones is filled with laughter, and that all your dreams of peace and harmony light up your days. Cheers to a season of joy and happy moments!

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Unlocking Income: 5% Down Payment for Multi-Family Homes

Do you think owning multi-family dwellings—duplexes, triplexes, or fourplexes—is only for the 1%? Think again, because now all you need is 5%! 

As of November 18, 2023, Fannie Mae has lowered its required down payment on owner-occupied multi-family properties from between 15% and 25% to just 5%. That’s right: Five. Percent. Down.

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12 Pet-Friendly Tips for a Safe, Festive Holiday Season

Our four-legged loved ones are always there to share in the merriment, and the holiday season is no exception. Unfortunately, their enthusiasm can sometimes lead to mischief and mayhem.

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The Importance of an Annual Mortgage Review for Homeowners

Just as we prioritize our physical well-being with annual checkups with our doctors, it’s important to take a moment each year to assess our financial health. One of the essential financial checkups is the annual mortgage review.

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15 Ways to Make This Holiday Season Memorable Without Breaking Your Budget

The festive season is upon us! Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when many of us find ourselves buried in credit card debt. While we all want to capture the perfect Instagram-worthy moments with family and friends, overspending can quickly dampen our holiday spirit.

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APM Elevate: November 2023

As we gather in gratitude for the year's journey, we reflect on the steadfast spirit that binds us together. In this month's newsletter, we aim to provide you with insightful updates on the ever-evolving landscape of the mortgage industry, ensuring you stay informed and empowered in your homeownership journey.

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8 Ways to Give Back as a Family This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time for big meals, family get-togethers, and festive decorations. During all the happy chaos, however, we also need to remember that it’s a season for giving.

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Buy a Home with 1% Down Through APM’s 1% Home

It’s a tough market out there right now for people who are looking to buy a house. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to move, the current mortgage rates and high home prices can be limiting. Many homebuyers are second-guessing whether now is the right time for them to buy.

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APM Honors Our Veterans

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month and also celebrates Veteran's Day. One of ways we like to honor and celebrate our veterans is by sharing the stories of what home and homeownership means to them.  

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6 Most Commonly Asked Questions About VA Loans

If you or a loved one have served your country and are now looking to buy a home, you may wonder if you qualify for a VA loan.

VA mortgage loans offer tons of benefits, like no down payment requirements, no private mortgage insurance (PMI) monthly payment, and flexible underwriting guidelines.

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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.

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