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The AmeriFirst Home Buyer Learning Center

The Monthly Mortgage Payment: What Costs are Included

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make. If you’re thinking of making the move, it’s important to estimate your monthly mortgage payment before making a commitment. This knowledge will help you better gauge if a property will fit within your current budget.

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Topics: mortgage payment, mortgage escrow, PITI, homebuyer

Six Tips on Choosing the Right Neighborhood for Your New Home

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Dec 22, 2017

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll also be looking at the neighborhood. In fact, the character and amenities of the neighborhood may be as important to the property value as the house itself. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood with large houses and expansive lawns, or a modern condo in a thriving downtown area, there are characteristics that make up a great living area. Wondering what to look for? We suggest the following:

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Topics: neighborhood, Choosing Neighborhood for New Home

Buying Your First House? How to Choose a Realtor that's Right for You.

Posted by Janet Veach on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

If you're buying your very first house, you're most likely searching for your dream home on one or several apps or taking virtual tours via online listings. While online house searching can maximize your ability to compare and contrast homes by the features that are important to you, do they, or can they, replace the services of a professional Realtor? We've put together some FAQs about the services of local Realtors®. Read on!

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Topics: Realtor, real estate agent, First time Homebuyer

5 Reasons to Get Pre-Approved Before You Begin House Hunting

Posted by Janet Veach on Fri, Dec 8, 2017

In today’s housing market, it’s no secret that the number of buyers searching for their dream home greatly outnumbers the inventory of homes for sale.  This has created a competitive marketplace where buyers need to do all they can to stand out.  You can show home sellers and real estate agents you are serious about buying your dream home by getting pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. 

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Topics: mortgage pre-approval

Home Values Increasing for Second Straight Year

Posted by Janet Veach on Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Looking to buy a home in 2018? If so, you’ll be able to apply for a larger conventional mortgage with the recent announcement that we’re increasing our single-family loan limits to $453,100 in 2018.

Home values are rising across the nation. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), an independent regulator of the secondary mortgage market including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, housing prices have risen 6.8 percent over a year’s time.

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Topics: AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, Home values, 2018 Loan Limits

Important Steps for First-Time Homebuyers

Posted by Janet Veach on Wed, Nov 29, 2017

You’ll only buy your first home once!  With the right preparation, you can shop for a house, apply for a mortgage, and close the deal with confidence.  Begin your homebuying journey by following these important steps:
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Topics: pre-approval, credit, first-time homebuyers, mortgage

4 Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas to Wow your Guests

Posted by Janet Veach on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Thanksgiving is a day devoted to family and food and for giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, even in today’s fast-paced world. If you’re planning a feast for family and friends, you can cut down on the frenzy by taking some time to plan and set your Thanksgiving table before the crowd arrives.

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Topics: Thanksgiving, table settings

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