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Author Archives: Aaron Gitler
First-time homebuyers will tell you that it’s more fun to drive around looking at houses for sale than it is to sit in a mortgage broker’s office in Chicago going over your financial situation in painful detail. Continue reading
Over the last decade, extreme weather events have become a common occurrence across the United States. Recently, a series of nor’easters pounded the northeast with blizzard conditions and record-breaking snowfalls. Last year, Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented torrential rain and deadly flooding far beyond Houston’s recognized flood plain areas. Continue reading
FHA (Federal Housing Authority) loans on single and multi-unit properties are designed for borrowers who are unable to make large down payments. Instead of the traditional 20% down payment required by banks, FHA loans only require a 3.5% down payment … Continue reading
The home loan landscape has changed dramatically since the financial crisis of 2008. In 2010, loan originations from non-bank lenders represented a 10% market share. By 2017, their share skyrocketed to 50%, presenting a new challenge to traditional banks. Responding … Continue reading
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2018 will increase. In most of the country, the 2018 maximum loan limit for one-unit properties (for single-family homes) will be … Continue reading
In the aftermath of devastating hurricanes like Harvey and Irma or other natural disasters, it’s important to access the resources you need to return to normalcy and safety as soon as possible. These are key actions to take: 1. Contact … Continue reading
Investing in a home that needs work might seem like a great way to save money on your first home, but buying a fixer-upper home as a first-time buyer is not always the right choice for some people. Not everyone … Continue reading