How to be a Professional Home-Owner

Feb 12, 2020 12:12:57 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, foreclosure, payments, mortgage payments, maintenance, emergency funds

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It's right around the corner; The paperwork is done, the insurance is paid, you are moved into your new home. The power is turned on and the movers just set down the last piece of furniture. Finally, you have time to rest right?

You're almost there!

By following the expert's check-list provided by HomeTraq, you can guarantee that you manage your new home or property like a professional!

 

 

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6 Things You Can Learn About Credit Right Now!

Feb 8, 2020 7:48:17 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Lending, millennials, Credit, Credit Score, homeownership, baby boomer

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Whether you are a millennial just starting to think of possibly applying for a loan, or if you are a baby boomer getting ready to refinance your 3rd house, its always good to keep track of what is going on with your credit and your credit score. Here are some quick highlights as to why it is so important and how you can monitor one of your most important assets.

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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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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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Rates are falling... What does it mean for your home search?

Aug 28, 2019 9:30:52 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Insider, Mortgage, Pre-Approval, Home Loan, Approval, homebuyers, housing market, St. Louis, housing demand, financing, loan, rates

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Confused by all the home buying lingo?

Aug 17, 2019 9:02:00 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Insider, Mortgage, AUS, real estate, FHA, closing costs, HOA, 203k, MLS, PITIA, before you buy, buying a home

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Buying a home can be a high stress time and it feels even more stressful when you don’t understand the lingo being tossed around. From abbreviated words in listings to acronyms used by real estate agents and loan officers, sometimes it can feel like everyone is speaking a different language.  Knowing these acronyms will keep you on the same page as everyone you are working with.

 

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Cellphone & utility payments can now "boost" your credit score

Jul 12, 2019 8:32:00 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in Mortgage, Credit, Credit Score, home ownership, credit profile, payments, mortgage payments, boosting credit, credit bureaus, experian, cell phone, utilities, bills

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5 common FHA appraisal issues: how to fix them

Jul 11, 2019 5:02:07 PM / by Jeffrey Che posted in Mortgage, Home Loan, Approval, Underwriting, home inspection, appraisal, FHA, do it yourself, buying a home, homebuying, myths, paint, windows, safety, utilities, water

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3 myths of traditional vs online mortgage lenders

Jul 10, 2019 7:16:00 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in Mortgage, buying a home, myths

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Deciding to buy a new home is one of life’s most important decisions. Once you’ve given yourself the green light—and after the euphoria and surge of adrenaline spikes and subsides—you need to identify your specific financial capabilities and goals, and what you require from your mortgage lender.

 

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5 red flags within the online home search

Jul 8, 2019 8:58:00 PM / by Jeffrey Che posted in Mortgage, before you buy, buying a home, online home buying

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Real estate websites offer you convenience and control when you’re looking to buy a new home. They feature home search options that let you customize your choices at a granular level, including price range, square footage, bed and bathroom count, and acreage, among other filters. And if you know what to look for, these sites can also clue you into potential problems that homes of interest may have.

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