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75 Years of VA Home Loan Benefits

How we help those who have served our country… We salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice. 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings through the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill. Since 1944, this law has created opportunities for …

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Mortgage Rate Changes & Moving During A Pandemic

Where Are Mortgage Interest Rates? In case you haven’t heard, mortgage rates are at the lowest point in history. For the best qualified borrower rates and firmly below 3%. If your interest rate is in the mid 3’s or higher, it is worth reaching out to us to see if refinancing might make sense. Remember …

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Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning whether home values will be impacted. The price of any item is determined by supply as well as the market’s demand for that item. Each month the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real …

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Is Refinancing A Better Alternative Than A Mortgage Forbearance?

By now, If you are a homeowner and have a mortgage, you most likely have heard about the option for mortgage forbearance. The government, in their infinite wisdom, came up with this plan to allow homeowners to skip monthly mortgage payments for up to six months assuming that you have had a hardship related to …

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3 Things To Consider Before Requesting A Mortgage Forbearance

Our job is to help you navigate through one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make—purchasing or refinancing a home. Your trust in us is something we take very seriously as a mortgage professionals and because of this, we wanted to reach out and address a topic that we’ve seen a lot of …

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Thinking of Selling? Now May Be the Time.

The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3.5%. The Census Bureau also just reported the highest homeownership rate since 2014 for people under 35. This is evidence …

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Property Taxes and Homeowners’ Insurance Increasing

With property values in much of the country up over 20% year-over-year and more and more catastrophic weather-related situations, real estate property taxes and homeowner’s insurance are likely to be significantly higher this year. If you are a homeowner and you escrow as part of your monthly payment for taxes and insurance, you receive an …

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Buying A Home Is Still Cheaper Than Renting In Metro Atlanta

According to recent data from Redfin, Atlanta Metro’s median monthly rent is currently $2,095. That’s $392 higher than the current median mortgage payment in Atlanta, which is $1,703 (*includes 5% down payment).  Redfin’s Chief Economist, Daryl Fairweather, states, “Those who choose to rent may save money in expensive housing markets in the near term, but …

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Should I Wait to Buy a Home Until the Market Slows Down?

With home inventory at record lows and property values increasing significantly over the past few years, you might be wondering if it makes sense to wait until things calm down to buy a home. The media would have you believe that we are in another 2008/2009 scenario where the market might crash. The reality is …

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Achieving the Dream of Homeownership

Homeownership has long been considered the American Dream, and it’s one every American should feel confident and powerful pursuing. But owning a home is also a deeply personal dream. Our home provides us with safety and security, and it’s a place where we can grow and flourish. This week, we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther …

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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Appraisals and Inspections

Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market. But is that the best move? Buying a home is …

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5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer

In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams. Below are five things to keep in mind …

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Pre-Approval Makes All the Difference When Buying a Home

You may have been told that it’s important to get pre-approved at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market, with rising home prices and high buyer competition, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your budget so you stand out to sellers as a …

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