24 Apr

A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvalsThinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start? Well… that’s where a mortgage pre-approval comes in. Start here. Just like you wouldn’t go into a restaurant without having enough money to buy your meal, so you shouldn’t start shopping for a home without an understanding of how much you can afford. So let’s have a conversation about a mortgage pre-approvals so you can get this house hunting party started.

Although a pre-approval is the best way to get started, we have to be honest about what a pre-approval is and what it’s not.

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21 Apr

Determining the Best Mortgage…For YOU!

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Determining the Best Mortgage…For YOU!So you have saved, and saved and you are finally ready to start house hunting…but before you do, there are a few things that you should be looking into BEFORE you start buying. Namely, your mortgage options. Did you know that there are various mortgage products? Or that each mortgage product has it own personality? They all do, and there is a mortgage product that is just right for you…we just have to find it first!
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12 Apr

Why You Should Speak To Your Mortgage Broker Before You Sell Your Home

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Why You Should Speak To Your Mortgage Broker Before You Sell Your HomeWhile many people will speak to a mortgage broker before buying a home, few people call a mortgage broker before selling a home. Calling could save you thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights.

Why? Brokers understand mortgages and ask the right questions. How long do you have remaining in your present mortgage? Do you know if it’s portable to a new property? Have you heard of increase and blend? A mortgage broker can help you to anticipate a penalty to break your present mortgage and see if porting or taking your mortgage to your new property is a good idea. Need more money? Blend and Increase will allow you to increase your mortgage amount and blend the old rate with the present day rate and save you thousands in penalties.

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6 Apr

Your Mortgage Is More Than a Rate

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Your Mortgage Is More Than a RateThe mortgage process can seem huge and overwhelming. It can be an emotional process because a mortgage is the loan you are taking to buy a home for yourself and your family which makes it infinitely more than just a loan. Or it may represent the loan you are taking to refinance your home to invest in business dreams or to clean up some debts after life has thrown you sideways.

Likely you will head out to get your loan and, if you are human, are probably nervous about the whole process and whether you will even be approved. The new guidelines brought into place by the federal government have made it harder and you may even feel that you deserve a medal by the end of the process after jumping through all the hoops. The other part of the process is that we are inundated with information and we want to make sure that we are choosing the best mortgage that will protect us now and in the future. The easiest measure of mortgage ‘victory ‘seems to be the interest rate we are offered. What rate did you get is a hot topic after a home is purchased and it seems a no brainer that the one with the lowest rate is the clear cut winner in that conversation, but it is time to challenge that assumption and to do so we are going to look at just two normal situations. The fact of the matter is that you need to look beyond rate. Of course it is important as the lower the rate, the lower your payment but at the end of the day there is more to it than rate.

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