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How Do VA Loans Work

The Veteran Loans, or VA loans, lending program is an incredibly useful tool if you have a military background or are the spouse of someone who has been in service. Tens of millions of service members have been able to … Continue reading

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Five Predictions for the 2017 Mortgage Loan Market

Near record-low mortgage rates makes now a great time to purchase a home, but the mortgage market can turn on a dime, and pressure on the Fed to raise rates and the incoming Trump administration are throwing some variables into … Continue reading

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10 Reasons the Amish Are Right About Mortgages

Financial savvy is hardly the first thing that most of us think about when we think of the Amish. Known for their rejection of technology and their simple, down-to-earth lifestyle, many may find it hard to believe that their philosophy … Continue reading

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A Steak That Costs More than Your Mortgage

For many homeowners and aspiring homebuyers, assessing the cost of a mortgage can sometimes feel confusing or overwhelming. However, taking mortgage expenditures into account often requires a greater context. Did you know that the world’s most expensive steak actually costs … Continue reading

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Renovation Lending Aids the Property Search Given Available Inventory

One problem facing buyers in the current market is the lack of available inventory. Sellers continue to bide their time. However, buyers do not need to miss out on low interest rates or the ability to purchase in their target … Continue reading

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TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

TaxSmart is a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program that provides a federal income tax credit to qualified homebuyers. A tax credit is a direct reduction of taxes due. Under the program, a homebuyer would receive a MCC to reduce income … Continue reading

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Neena Vlamis Talks Homebuying and Credit with Bill Moller on WGN News Radio

In order to maintain the absolute best credit score make sure to set your bills on auto pay for the minimum payment.  This way when you are out of town you won’t miss a payment!   Listen to Bill Moller … Continue reading

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Borrowing Against Your Home May have its Benefits

  Did you know there are two types of home equity loans: fixed rate and lines of credit. Both loan types are offered with loan terms that generally range anywhere from 5 to 15 years and require the borrower to … Continue reading

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Is Mortgage Fraud on the rise even with the new Fannie Mae requirements for QC?

While commercial loan origination and median home prices have been trending downwards, mortgage and property fraud rates have been steadily increasing, up 75% from pre-recession peaks. According to the CoreLogic Fraud Index, $12 billion worth of originated loans were found … Continue reading

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What Does 25 Percent PMI Coverage Actually Mean

Question?   What does 25 percent PMI coverage actually mean Answer:  25 percent coverage actually means that the MI company will pay out 25 percent of the loan amount and total expenses to the lender when a property goes into foreclosure … Continue reading

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