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6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Forgoing an Agent Some homebuyers think they can navigate the buying waters alone, but as complex as the real estate market is today, that strategy is risky. One of your first steps should be to find a trusted real estate professional who will represent your interests. An agent’s experience can give you valuable insights into things like which neighborhoods are good and bad, or how to craft an attractive offer for sellers. Even if you are buying a new home from a builder, a real estate agent could help you make sure you are getting the best deal and terms.   Overlooking Mor...

November 6th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, 6 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Happy Halloween

Here at Western Mortgage, we'd like to thank all of our customers and partners for sticking with us. We wish you a happy and safe Halloween. Best Wishes, Western Mortgage

October 30th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Government Loans, VA Loans, Happy Halloween

Jumbo Loans for Veterans

If you are a veteran or a servicemember, you are probably well aware of VA mortgage loans. These loans offer excellent benefits, including no down payment or credit score requirements as well as allowing borrowers to forgo mortgage insurance premiums.  But what happens if you are looking to buy an expensive property or you live in a pricier area of the country, where home prices exceed the standard VA loan limits? Is it still possible to take advantage of VA mortgage financing? Thankfully, the answer is yes! You can apply for a VA jumbo loan. Jumbo Loan Defined A jumbo loan is for a...

October 24th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Government Loans, VA Loans, Jumbo Loans for Veterans

6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Home prices have been on the rise for a while now and news stories abound with first-time homeowners being priced out of the market. As breaking into the housing market seems daunting today, some people may ask themselves if reaching for the goal of homeownership is truly worth it. The answer is yes! And here are the top 6 reasons why: Pay Yourself, Not a Landlord One of the most frustrating parts of renting for many people is the feeling that they could be using their monthly rent costs to invest in their own place rather than giving it away to a landlord. When you buy a home, your mo...

October 16th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Mortgage Advice, Purchasing a Home, 6 Reasons to Become a Homeowner

Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

You are selling your home but have already moved into your next place. You might think that an empty home would sell faster than a currently lived-in one. It’s more convenient for tours and it’s easier for buyers to picture their own things in the home, right? Actually, no. The truth is that vacant homes stay on the market longer and sell for less than their furnished counterparts. A recent study from Redfin found that homes that were no longer occupied sold for roughly $11,000 less and took six days more to sell than similar occupied homes. The reasons for the disparity include...

October 2nd, 2019 | Sell, Don’t Move Out Before You Sell

Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

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