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Homeownership Costs to Consider Before Purchasing

May 23, 2019

There are many obvious costs when it comes to purchasing a home that people are generally aware of. The purchase price, the homeowners insurance, the property taxes, and of course closing costs and fees are pretty well-known expenses, even for a first-time homebuyer. Beyond these expenses, though, come additional costs that should be calculated in […]

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The Benefit of Using a Mortgage Company vs. a Big Bank

August 01, 2018 Safety Deposit Box Numbers

Even before you begin house hunting or consider the length of your home loan, you have to make a more basic decision: Where to obtain your mortgage. Many different entities in America offer home loans, but most can be reduced to one of two categories—a mortgage company or a big bank. Banks can have their […]

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How to Prepare for a Home Appraisal

May 11, 2018

Whether you are looking to refinance or to sell, the appraisal that comes in on your home can have a huge impact on the amount of equity you can pull out. In some cases, the appraisal can even put the sale of a home in danger if the appraisal does not come in at or […]

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How to Qualify for a Mortgage When You’re Single

January 14, 2018

People get married for countless reasons. Love generally plays a crucial role, but so do dreams of family, companionship, and a sense of security. Qualifying for a mortgage isn’t a common incentive to tie the knot, but it’s often an added benefit. With two incomes and double the credit history, married couples can sometimes qualify […]

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: A Mortgage Down Payment?

January 02, 2018

Tis the season for giving, and what better gift to give than a gift to last a lifetime in the form of down payment assistance for a close family member? Not everyone can afford to offer this kind of generosity, but according to the National Association of Realtors, 14% of all homebuyers and 24% of […]

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5 Questions You Should Ask Before You Get a HELOC

March 11, 2014

Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) are becoming quite popular among homeowners, especially those who suddenly need some extra cash. Despite the fact that they’re relatively commonplace, many people don’t entirely understand them, because they’re different from most other loans. If you don’t understand them, HELOCs can appear too good to be true. At First […]

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Strategies for Preparing to Purchase Under New Lending Guidelines in 2014

December 20, 2013

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to purchase a home in 2014? With the economy in recovery and more stability and predictability in the housing market, you’re not alone. But like any other large financial or life goal, preparation is required to make your resolution come to fruition. If you’re preparing to purchase a […]

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