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 Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

What is a Renovation Mortgage Loan?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

If you could design your Dream Home, what would it look like?  

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Wells Fargo Lowers FICO Scores for FHA Loans: What Does it Mean?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 6 min read

There’s talk in the news and throughout the housing market industry that lending giant Wells Fargo is lowering credit scores it requires for prospective home buyers financing with FHA loans. While this may seem – on the surface at least - like great news for Americans looking to buy a home … we approach this move with cautious optimism.

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How USDA Rural Development Will Change America

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 2 min read

Can the USDA save the American housing market? Besides stamping the beef in America, the USDA has another project that affects many people (even vegetarians). There's an agency within the USDA called "The Office of Rural Development." Part of its mission is to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

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Don't Wait 90 Days for Your Mortgage Loan to Close

  • Wed, Dec 26, 2018
  • 4 min read

How long is taking for your mortgage loan to close? Did you go with a bank or a company that had the lowest rate? Maybe the mortgage lender you're with is someone your mom or dad recommended. And now it's been 90 days or more and your mortgage still isn't closed. That's not the case at some places. For instance, at AmeriFirst Home Mortgage our closing times are much lower according to the numbers. Let's take a look at a specific loan type: renovation mortgages.

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When Did the Housing Bubble Burst?

  • Wed, Dec 26, 2018
  • 3 min read

Since the early 2000s, everyone from analysts to experts predicted the burst of the housing bubble. So, even contestants on a game show could have trouble quickly answering the question regarding the date. The bubble didn’t actually burst until late 2007. Typically, a burst in the housing market occurs in certain states or regions, but this one was different. It happened across the entire US.  

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Is the Current Housing Market Really Considered Strong and Improving?

  • Tue, Jan 5, 2016
  • 3 min read

How is the 2016 housing market shaping up? According to at least one expert source it's looking good! According to mortgage investing giant Freddie Mac, fewer mortgage delinquencies, paired with stronger home purchase applications and a growing economy point to a favorable year for housing. This is good news for buyers, sellers, homeowners and real estate professionals. 

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When it Comes to Your First Home, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

  • Thu, Nov 12, 2015
  • 3 min read

The Not So Big House In the “bigger is better” world that we live in, it can sometimes feel like a small house is just not going to help you keep up with appearances. Far from being low-budget knock-offs of the American Dream, a small house can be a very sound investment, especially as your first home.

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