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First Time Homebuyer

What Are Closing Costs and How Much Are They?
What Are Closing Costs and How Much Are They? 1024 536 Lori Curley

During the long process of house hunting, mortgage closing costs are sometimes an overlooked factor until it’s time to pay. Understanding and preparing for closing costs in advance will prevent sticker shock at the end of your home buying journey. Ideally, these fees will be…

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Tax Benefits of Buying a Home
Tax Benefits of Buying a Home 1024 536 Lori Curley

Knowing what tax benefits come with home ownership is an important step in painting the picture of how your finances will look when you decide to buy. Tax advantages for homeowners are not exclusive to certain types of homes. Everything from a condominium to a…

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Grants & Down Payment Assistance Programs
Grants & Down Payment Assistance Programs 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

A 2017 Zillow survey of 10,000 American adults found that two-in-three people who were then renting identified saving for a down payment as their biggest obstacle to homeownership. If you want to become a homeowner, but you don’t have enough cash for a down payment,…

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5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall
5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers. If you’re in the…

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Moving Checklist & Planner
Moving Checklist & Planner 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

Let’s face it, moving is stressful. Moving all your belongings from one place to another is hard, and so is relocating your life in general. But, let’s not forget that moving to a new place is an exciting time! We scoured the internet looking for…

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Thinking About Buying a Home?
Thinking About Buying a Home? 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

One of the first steps in the homebuying process is fully understanding your finances. Here is a checklist to help you prepare. Avoid making changes to your financial story that could hurt your ability to qualify for your home loan. Do Make and stick to…

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To Do After Closing On Your Home
To Do After Closing On Your Home 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

After you finish signing at the closing of your new home, you’re handed the keys and the house is officially yours! But, there some things you should do to make sure the transition from your old place to your new address goes as smoothly as…

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Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step
Getting Pre-Approved Should Be Your First Step 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

Many potential homebuyers underestimate their purchasing power and overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. Completing a quick and easy pre-approval is the first step in determining all mortgage options available to you. Benefits of being Verified by…

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What’s the Point?
What’s the Point? 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

Your financial house is in order and you’re ready to make your dream of homeownership a reality. Now it’s time to get a mortgage. So what are these so called “points” and is there a point in paying them? A “point” equals one percent of…

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Not Ready to Buy a Home? You Should Still Talk to a Lender.
Not Ready to Buy a Home? You Should Still Talk to a Lender. 1024 536 Vellum Mortgage

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might think you’re not ready to purchase a house. Perhaps you’re concerned about your job situation, your previous credit history, or your high monthly expenses. Whatever the circumstances, every borrower and financial situation is unique. Unless you’re a…

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