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Why You Should Start the Home Buying Process with a Pre-Approval

Buying a home can be exciting. You know you want to buy a house, but where should you begin? The ideal place to begin the home buying process is with getting a pre-approval for a home loan.

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How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

Many young, single, career-focused, and financially savvy adults are realizing that buying a home is the right decision for their personal and financial goals. In fact, more than 90% of Americans believe homeownership is the first step on the road to wealth. And the U.S. government agrees. The Department of Housing and Urban Development promotes homeownership to people from all economic backgrounds, because homeownership is an important means of wealth accumulation.

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What Credit Score is Needed to Buy a House

One of the most important factors which determines your home loan qualifications and rate is your credit score. If you are at the beginning of the home buying process, it’s important to understand how your credit score can impact your ability to get a mortgage loan, as well as the interest rates you may be offered. Understanding your credit is one of the first steps you will take to becoming a home buyer, so let’s get started.

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5 Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent

Buying a home is undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make. After debating the pros and cons of homeownership -- and there are many -- you’ll have a whole new set of questions that will keep you up at night. Yes, you’ll have tons of question to ask of your real estate professional. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a knowledgeable, credible agent with lots of experience who may even answer those late-night questions before you tap snooze the next morning. Hiring a realtor that fits your expectations is imperative to the home-buying process. So, where do you start?

 

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21 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

How much do you have saved for a down payment on a home? For many would-be homebuyers, saving up enough funds to cover a down payment and closing costs often feels like a monumental task. Luckily, you may be able to purchase a home with far less money down than you thought.

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Pre-Approval Helps Buyers Compete

Shopping for a home can be exciting and nerve-wracking.  When the market is tight, and you’re competing against multiple offers – especially when some of those offers are for cash – it can be downright frustrating.

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7 Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home

Buying a home is an action-filled task. The process will pull at your heartstrings, challenge your patience and, of course, impact your personal finances for many years to come.

 

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10 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

So, here you are. You decided to take a dive into homeownership. First of all, we want to say, congratulations. We know that being a homeowner will give you a sense of pride and security, both to you and your family. Like they say, there's truly no place like home.

 

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5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known About the Home Buying Process

You are ready to take the next step. You have decided you are ready to buy a home. Before you open up that web browser and tackle the home listing websites, there are a few things you should be doing.

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How to Buy a Home in Your 20’s

Whether you are just finishing up college or have been out for a few years, getting your feet underneath you with a new career is typically priority number one! But as time moves forward some millennials could consider making a financial investment in their futures by becoming a home buyer. It’s not as intimidating as some may think.

 

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Now Could Be the Time to Buy

NOW Could Be the Time to Buy

Setting down some roots in a home and a neighborhood that works for you can be one of the most important decisions you ever make. If you are wondering when a good time to buy is, it may be now. With the sun shining, it may be the time to pack up those boxes and start your future. 

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The Steps to the Mortgage Loan Process, a Timeline

The mortgage loan process doesn’t need to be complicated for you as a first-time homebuyer.

 

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Answers to Your Questions About Locking in an Interest Rate

Interest rates fluctuate and are impacted by economic data, inflationary pressure, the stock market, the federal reserve, geo-politics and other global events. Therefore, you may have questions as to whether now is a good time to lock in that rate. American Pacific Mortgage is here to answer those questions.

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Using Discount Points to Lower Your Interest Rate

Lenders offer discount points to buyers to lower the interest rate and make the mortgage more affordable. A discount point is like prepaying interest for a lower interest rate. One point usually translates into .125 to .25 percent less on your loan rate. Another consideration: discount points are typically tax deductible.

 

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The Ins and Outs of a Credit Score

A credit score is more than just a financial “grade.” The rating represents something much more important, and could have a big impact on your wallet. Many first-time homebuyers are curious about improving credit scores, and how that will come into play when applying for a loan.

 

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The Top 5 Home Buying Myths

Does it seem like all your friends are in the process of buying a home? You may be at the point in your life when all of your friends are transitioning into the homeownership realm. There will likely be no bigger or exciting purchase in your life than a new home. Maybe it’s your turn too?

 

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Managing Your Spending When Buying a Home

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably crunched the numbers time and time again. Undoubtedly, you know a thing or two about the components of a mortgage payment, including the principal and interest you will pay. While it’s prudent to know about your monthly mortgage bill, there are other expenditures associated with homeownership that you’ll pay before and even during the life of your loan.

 

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Three Things Buyers Can do to Help Assure Closing

Buying a home is a transaction with a lot of moving pieces. Both the buyer and seller have power to control some aspects, but a bump in the road can appear when you least expect.

 

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