Overall Guidance on the Homebuying Process

Dec 13, 2019 6:29:31 PM / by Jeffrey Che

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fanniemae.com: The KnowYourOptions section of the Fannie Mae website provides
a variety of resources, including several calculators and lists of housing counselors and lenders.

freddiemac.com: Freddie Mac provides an interactive homebuyer guide, My Home by Freddie Mac®, as well as information
on maintaining healthy credit habits. The CreditSmart
® guide is available in both English and Spanish.

Housing Counselors.

hud.gov: HUD’s website includes lists of agencies that are approved by HUD to provide housing counseling.

knowyouroptions.com: This website created by Fannie Mae provides links to housing resources and credit counseling.

Real Estate Owner (REO) Properties.

hud.gov: With the HUD website, you can access lists of homes for sale by several federal agencies, as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Considering moving into a smaller space?

Dec 11, 2019 6:08:23 PM / by Jeffrey Che posted in consumer, home ownership, before you buy, buying a home, moving checklist, homebuying

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Are you planning on moving into a smaller space? If so, begin your search by asking yourself 10 critical questions and taking these first key steps.

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Why co-signing on a loan is probably a bad idea

Dec 9, 2019 4:00:12 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Home Loan, cosign, loan

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Lots of people – even those we love – don’t make good on promises; your credit takes an immediate hit

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Want to help your kids buy a house? Check this out

Dec 6, 2019 8:01:12 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in buying a home

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Tips on limiting your risk and encouraging adult children’s independence

Real estate tips for young adults

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Five key estate planning documents: not just for the rich

Nov 29, 2019 5:25:44 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, buying a home, online home buying

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A will isn’t enough

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HomeTraq Update + STL Startup Week Events

Nov 4, 2019 8:32:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in St. Louis, STL, innovation, startup

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What's happening? We are excited to announce that our newest version is now live and features active listings with MLS access! Please check it out and let us know your thoughts. We are also very proud to be involved in the first ever STL Startup Week which celebrates new innovative companies in the region. Learn more below, hopefully you may be able to join us at one of the local events.

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4 reasons why buying a home with cash may be a mistake...

Oct 8, 2019 4:49:14 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Mortgage, Pre-Approval, Pre-Qual, Lending, Home Loan, Pre-Qualification, Approval, professional, home purchase, financing contigency, FHA, closing costs, homebuyers, home ownership, PITIA, financing, capital, payments, mortgage payments, emergency funds, boosting credit, income, asset, myths, credit bureaus

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There’s a common misconception out there that buying a home with cash is always a faster and easier option than financing. If you have the funds to buy a home in cash (congrats on that saving, by the way), financing might actually be a better option. Financing your purchase with a qualified lender offers homebuyers a host of unique advantages that cash buyers just can’t enjoy. If you’re weighing your cash vs. financing options, consider the following:

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5 steps to get ready for your home search

Sep 15, 2019 7:43:00 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Pre-Approval, home shopping, house hunting, home search, homebuyers, housing market, step-by-step, Credit, first-time, homeownership, home tours, home ownership, financing, before you buy, buying a home, moving checklist, homebuying, boosting credit, loan

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In a competitive market where homes can fly off the market in a week or less, it’s essential that buyers come to the table prepared. Here’s a list of steps every home buyer should consider in their search.

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Check out these historic neighborhoods

Sep 9, 2019 8:41:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in listing, St. Louis, home for sale, buying a home, Oakville, Chesterfield, the hill, neighborhoods, historic, soulard, central west end, lafayette square, STL, lafayette farm, glencoe

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Explore a new (or old) neighborhood...   Each area in St. Louis has its own history, architectural styles, community and story to tell.  From Soulard to The Hill to Whitmoor, there are 100s of distinct areas in the St. Louis area.  Check out these homes in some of the area's most popular neighborhoods. 

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6 game-changing FHA home loan features often overlooked...

Aug 31, 2019 8:39:00 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Lending, FHA, Back to work, homebuyers, housing market, millennials, renovation, step-by-step, training, 203k, Credit, Credit Score, first-time

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