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Mortgage Questions: Where Can My Down Payment Come From?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

Class is in session! It's time answer your mortgage questions. Questions about home loans can come from all kinds of home buyers. Whether it's your first home, or you're looking to upgrade as your family grows, the housing market can be daunting to even the most seasoned buyer. The housing bubble burst of 2007-2009 still has many folks a little gun shy. One mortgage question we hear from folks is "Where can my down payment come from?" 

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What Do I Need to Bring to my Mortgage Loan Application and Other First Time Home Buyer Questions

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

Someone buying their first home will have a lot of questions. We see it time and time again. Sometimes, those questions get answered by family and friends. Other times they're answered by a real estate agent. But when it comes to the financial side of buying a home, asking a mortgage expert might be in your best interest.  We hear a ton of questions about mortgage loans, and this is a big one. Everyone hears that it's a mountain of paperwork to apply for a mortgage. Yes, it takes quite a bit of information, but it's not insurmountable. 

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Is it Rural? USDA Rural Development Eligibility

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

If you've already heard of the zero-down mortgage loan option USDA Rural Development, then you probably know the house must be in a specific area. As we've said here at AmeriFirst before, rural doesn't have to mean farm.

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Mortgage Questions: How Can I Reduce My Escrow Payment?

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 3 min read

We get a lot of mortgage questions. Some of the questions come from buyers before they actually get a house and a mortgage. Other questions come from homeowners who already have a loan and need something answered to make the home ownership situation more clear. Both situations prove helpful to prospective home buyers, and we wanted to address one question that may help you decide whether you can afford to buy a house. It also will help current homeowners in a similar situation.

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Mortgage Questions: Do I Save for a Down Payment or Pay Off Some Bills?

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 6 min read

From blog comments to social media posts to emails, we get lots of questions about buying and financing a home. We do our best to answer them privately and publicly, in hopes of helping the person asking but also anyone looking to buy. We recently received the question below:    My wife and I are currently beginning to think about buying our first home. Would it be in our best interest to save for a down payment or pay off some bills before a purchase is attempted? 

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What Does 203k Mean in Real Estate?

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 6 min read

If you've heard the term 203(k), FHA 203k, 203k loan or 203k renovation mortgage, then you're one step ahead of most Americans. This special product offering from HUD for fixing up housing stock has been around since the late 1970s, yet many real estate agents know nothing about it, and the public is in the dark.    Even if you've heard of the 203k, you may not know much - if anything - about it. That's all okay. We're here to let you know what it means and how it can help home buyers (and even sellers!).

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What is a USDA Rural Development Mortgage?

  • Thu, Dec 27, 2018
  • 3 min read

  Where's home for you?   Is it living in a quiet suburb with friendly neighbors, just a car ride away from your favorite Italian restaurant or movie theater? Or have you always longed to live in a more secluded and natural setting, miles away from your nearest neighbor? 

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