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Indiana Home Buyers Enjoy 3rd Lowest Closing Costs

According to our AmeriFirst branch in Fort Wayne, Indiana home buyers can rest assured they'll pay some of the lowest closing costs in the country. Here's a look at the numbers. The average closing costs (which include things like a title fee and origination fee) for a $200,000 home run a little over $4,000. Last year that figure was a little over $3,700 - an 8% jump. But in Indiana, the average closing costs total about $3,400.

What is a Renovation Mortgage Loan? [Selling the Dream]

In today's episode we're answering the question "What is a renovation mortgage loan?" so you can explain 

7 Ways a Rural Development Mortgage Will Change Your World

Since a rural development mortgage funds 100-percent of the appraised value of a home, a buyer doesn't have to have a down payment. Sounds pretty simple. There are several life-changing factors that could come with a mortgage loan like this. Think about what a zero-down payment mortgage would do for you!

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

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.

How USDA Rural Development Will Change America

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.

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

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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