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Welcome to a warm, friendly, and most importantly unbiased place to learn about mortgages, ideally before you make contact with a real estate agent or lender. The more you know, the better you’ll feel, and hopefully all that hard work will help you snag a lower mortgage rate too! View all mortgage help topics to get started or check out the latest mortgage tips and news below.

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What Is a Good Price for a First-Time Home Buyer?

What Is a Good Price for a First-Time Home Buyer?
February 12, 2019 No Comments »

Buying your first home can be pretty nerve-wracking. Regardless of what you pay, whether it seems like a little or a lot, there are going to be some sleepless nights early on. The first time I bought a place, I ... Read More »

Academy Mortgage Review: Big on Customer Service

Academy Mortgage Review: Big on Customer Service
February 6, 2019 No Comments »

Academy Mortgage recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, having been founded back in 1988. It began as a humble family-owned company opened by Duane Shaw, and remains one today with his son-in-law Adam Kessler in charge, serving as CEO. With three ... Read More »

Marriage and Mortgage May Not Mix

Marriage and Mortgage May Not Mix
February 4, 2019 No Comments »

So you’re planning on getting married this summer, and you just have to find a perfect house to call your own before that magical day. Or very soon thereafter. There’s no possible way you could continue to live in an ... Read More »

The Cost of Property Taxes and Hazard Insurance

The Cost of Property Taxes and Hazard Insurance
January 29, 2019 2 Comments »

As home prices continue to flirt with record highs nationwide, the cost of property taxes and hazard insurance can be the tipping point. For example, if you purchase a one-million dollar home these days, you can expect to pay around ... Read More »

5/1 ARM vs. the 30-Year Fixed : Pros and Cons

5/1 ARM vs. the 30-Year Fixed : Pros and Cons
January 29, 2019 No Comments »

Here we go again…it’s that special time where I compare two popular home loan programs to see how they stack up against each other. Today’s match-up: “5/1 ARM vs. 30-year fixed.” Everyone has heard of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage – ... Read More »

How to Pay for Home Renovations: Pros and Cons to Different Methods

How to Pay for Home Renovations: Pros and Cons to Different Methods
January 24, 2019 No Comments »

Most homes require work, even newer ones. And just about everyone knows that home renovation projects aren’t cheap. This is generally the case regardless of whether the job is a small one or a large one. It’s going to cost ... Read More »

15 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Funds

15 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Funds
January 22, 2019 No Comments »

Getting a mortgage can be pretty exciting, especially if it’s your first time. It can also be a very daunting process fraught with the potential for errors and missteps. I’ve already discussed what to do before applying for a mortgage. ... Read More »

Chase Launches Free Biweekly Mortgage Payment Option

Chase Launches Free Biweekly Mortgage Payment Option
January 22, 2019 4 Comments »

In an effort to make life a little easier for its mortgage customers, Chase has launched a new suite of “flexible automatic payments,” including a biweekly option. If you happen to have a home loan serviced by the banking giant, ... Read More »

What Is a Non-Conforming Mortgage Loan?

What Is a Non-Conforming Mortgage Loan?
January 16, 2019 No Comments »

If you’ve been doing some mortgage shopping/research lately and happened to come across the phrase “non-conforming loan,” you might have some questions. At first glance, you probably understand that the loan in question doesn’t conform, but to what exactly? Well, ... Read More »

When Should You Start Looking for a House?

When Should You Start Looking for a House?
January 10, 2019 No Comments »

The short answer: Immediately. That is, if you want to buy a home at some point in the next year, or anytime thereafter. We’ll get into the specifics in a moment, but there’s really no sense in waiting if you ... Read More »