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The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

Being able to purchase a home is often tied to how much of a down payment you have saved. If you have never bought a house before, you may not understand what a down payment is or why it is so important. Here’s the basics you need to know as you save up for your first home. A down payment is a portion of the purchase price paid up front to your mortgage lender. It is very important to lenders because it shows them you are serious about the purchase and committed to paying off your loan.  How Down Payments Affect Your Mortgage The size of your down payment can affect your mo...

January 2nd, 2019 | VA Loans, FHA Loans, Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

The Top 4 Reasons You Should Get a VA Loan

If you are a military veteran or are currently serving active-duty, there is an incredible mortgage loan available to you through the Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA loan. VA mortgages are made through regular lenders but backed by the Department of Veteran Affairs, reducing the risk to the lenders themselves. Here are the top 4 reasons you should look into buying a home with a VA loan: Lower Interest Rates VA mortgage loans were designed to give veterans a leg-up in the home buying process as a way to thank them for their service. One of the loan perks is that the interest...

August 1st, 2018 | VA Loans, The Top 4 Reasons You Should Get a VA Loan

What is the Difference Between Pre-approval and Pre-qualification?

When it comes to mortgages, there are two similar sounding terms that often confuse potential homebuyers: pre-qualification and pre-approval. While they are alike in some ways, their purposes are different. If you are looking to get a mortgage, here’s what you need to know about pre-qualification and pre-approval. Pre-qualification A home loan pre-qualification is an informal estimate of how much you can afford and how much a bank would be willing to lend you. It can take place on the phone, in person or even online. The lender will ask for relevant mortgage information, ...

June 27th, 2018 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, The Alpine Team, thealpineteammortgage, VA Loans, Pre-Approval, Purchase Loans, First Time Homebuyer, What is the Difference Between Pre-approval and Pre-qualification?

4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Know About Mortgage Brokers

Buying a home in Utah, whether for the first time or the last, is an exciting event. Yet before you even take a look at a single home for sale, it is a smart idea to have your mortgage financing lined up. While it is possible to get a home loan directly with your local credit union or bank, the most common mortgage-makers are mortgage brokers. If you are ready to apply for a home loan, here are 4 things you need to know about mortgage brokers before starting the process. A broker is a middleman Mortgage brokers act as go-betweens for you and many different potential lenders. Instead o...

June 20th, 2018 | mortgage brokers, thealpineteammortgage, The Alpine Team, Pre-Approval, Down Payment, VA Loans, First Time Homebuyer, 4 Things Every Borrower Needs to Know About Mortgage Brokers

Should I Rent or Buy?

While homeownership has long been the American dream, buying a home is not necessarily the best choice for every person or every situation. There are many factors to consider in determining if a home purchase is the right decision for you right now. Can you Afford It? If the cost to own a home – mortgage, homeowners insurance and property taxes included – if less than roughly 28% of your gross income and you have few other debt obligations, you can probably afford to buy. Do not underestimate the additional costs of maintenance though. Replacing appliances or paying for a plu...

June 14th, 2018 | Purchasing a Home, thealpineteammortgage, The Alpine Team, Purchase Loans, Down Payment, First Time Homebuyer, VA Loans, Pre-Approval, Should I Rent or Buy?

Credit Do’s and Don’ts in the Mortgage Approval

Credit Do’s and Don’ts in the Mortgage Approval Process While pre-approval allows buyers to know how much they are qualified to borrow for a new home before they start shopping, and it can speed up the mortgage application process once they find a home they like, prospective homebuyers need to keep in mind that pre-approval is not final approval. Events and decisions affecting a borrower’s financial profile that occur after pre-approval but prior to closing can determine whether or not the loan is ultimately approved. Especially now, as the mortgag...

June 10th, 2018 | Down Payment, First Time Homebuyer, Purchase Loans, Pre-Approval, Reverse Mortgage, VA Loans, The Alpine Team, Credit Do’s and Don’ts in the Mortgage Approval

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