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Janet Veach

Janet Veach

Janet Veach is the Communications Specialist for Amerifirst Home Mortgage. As the former Communications Director with the Alzheimer’s Association in Central Illinois, she believes that building strong relationships leads to dynamic partnerships that can dramatically improve our neighborhoods and communities. The mother of three sons, she has heard many a good story, and specializes in creating content that educates, communicates our core values and promotes genuine relationships with our customers.

Recent Posts:

Why Choose a Conventional Loan?

  • Fri, Oct 18, 2019
  • 14 min read

Good credit, low debt, and a steady income could get you low interest rates and terms.

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Six Smart Reasons Why You Might Refinance Your Home Mortgage

  • Fri, Aug 16, 2019
  • 5 min read

With interest rates still near all time lows, you may be thinking about refinancing your existing mortgage into a new one. As a homeowner, there are good reasons to consider this option: to get a lower interest rate, to drop private mortgage insurance, or to pull cash from your home’s equity to consolidate debt or make home improvements. The short answer, of course, is to have more money each month for groceries, car payments, and the orthodontic bill.   "You may have the potential to save hundreds of dollars on your monthly payments by refinancing," said Bryan Maddex, a loan officer with our Amerifirst Charlotte, N.C., branch. "While it's not right for everyone, it doesn't cost you anything to talk to a loan officer who can review your current mortgage and let you know your options."  

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Why are VA Loans so Popular?

  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019
  • 5 min read

While no one has ever said buying a home is a simple process, wouldn’t it be nice to reach out and press the “easy” button when it comes time to qualify for your mortgage. If you’re an active member of the military -  or a veteran - qualifying for a VA home loan might be the next best thing.

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Four Resources to Help You Buy Your First Home

  • Fri, Jun 7, 2019
  • 5 min read

With the U.S. homeownership rate around 65 percent, statistics show that owning one’s own home is still an important milestone and a part of the American dream.* Whether it’s a cottage on the lake, a sprawling home in the suburbs, or a condo in the city, owning a home continues to be an enduring symbol of family, security and prosperity.

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Five Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

  • Fri, Mar 22, 2019
  • 8 min read

        You’re buying your first house! No more fighting over parking spaces, unexpected rent increases or putting up with noisy neighbors. If you’re planning to make a move this year, here are five tips that can set you on a path that leads to your very own front door.  

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Conventional Mortgage vs FHA Loan

  • Fri, Jan 11, 2019
  • 5 min read

  Buying a house can leave you feeling overwhelmed and under-informed.  Not only are you spending every waking hour searching for your perfect home,  you also have to think about how you're going to pay for it.  And when choosing a mortgage, it's important to find one that works with your budget now, and also 15- to 30-years down the road as well. Because the world of home financing can be a confusing one, let's take a look at two of the most popular loans in the housing market: Conventional and FHA.

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HomeStyle Renovation or FHA 203(k) - which home loan is right for you?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

Buying a home that needs some love can be overwhelming. It can also be a smart investment. If you're thinking about buying a fixer-upper, you already know that it's going to take a little elbow grease to make it livable. You probably also know that these types of homes can often be snatched up at bargain prices and in neighborhoods where you want to live. And once it's yours, you can paint, remodel and refresh the property to make it your own. Gourmet kitchen, movie room, home office, party deck  - the possibilities are endless. 

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