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

What's the HomeStyle Renovation Loan?

  • Fri, Apr 12, 2019
  • 5 min read

Have you found a neighborhood where you'd like to live but the only house for sale is a fixer-upper? Unsure what to do? You could: 

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DIY Home Decor: How HGTV is Affecting the Housing Market

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 5 min read

We live in an instant-gratification society. We want what we want, and we want it now. Some of this is simply human nature. Some of the fault for this lies at the feet of our mass media. We're trained to think a complicated murder investigation can be solved and prosecuted in an hour TV show. Such is the case when it comes to all things home related.   Thanks to networks like the DIY Network and HGTV, we have become accustomed to seeing home renovations wrapped up in a single episode, by homeowners just like you and me. However, that's not how real life works. In real life, remodeling projects take time and a lot of work. Sometimes, they even take the work of a professional!

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Home Improvement Financing or DIY: What Works Best

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house.   Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.

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5 Facts You Need to Know About the HomeStyle Renovation Loan

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

Buying a house and making it a home used to mean you had to spend your nights and weekends doing DIY work, spending your earnings or using a credit card to pay for it all. Everyone calls it sweat equity. While DIY work can be rewarding and save you on labor costs, most of us are too busy to deal with it. 

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Unfinished Basement? No Garage? FHA 203k Renovation Loan to the Rescue!

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 3 min read

As a home buyer sometimes you’ll find a house that’s missing a key component that every other house in the neighborhood has in this case a garage, but it doesn’t have to make you overlook this house in fact it can actually help you take this house and turn it into a home with a renovation mortgage.

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Should I go with FHA 203k or Conventional for a Home that Needs Repairs?

  • Fri, Dec 28, 2018
  • 4 min read

Questions are the fuel to our communications here at AmeriFirst. We love them. It allows to help hopeful home buyers better understand the process. One person's question is very likely the same question for many others. In other words, you're never alone in your questions about the home buying process.   This question came from a reader, so we thought we'd share the answer.

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