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  • Do You Know These 5 Minimum Property Requirement Pitfalls?

    Do You Know These 5 Minimum Property Requirement Pitfalls?

    The Department of Veterans Affairs established Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to ensure that our service members were buying homes that were safe, structurally sound, sanitary and up to code. Buyers often complain when a MPR is pointed out during an appraisal, but if complaints happen to you, know that these safeguards are really there for your benefit, and for the benefit of your home. Here's an outline of …

  • Should ‘For Sale By Owner’ Scare You?

    Should ‘For Sale By Owner’ Scare You?

    You've found your dream home, but there's just one catch – it's for sale by owner (FSBO). You can usually identify these homes by their signs and listings, as they will be noticeably vacant of real estate agent information. Some are even handmade. Many homebuyers shy away from purchasing a home that's a FSBO property for a number of reasons: advice of their real estate agent, advice of a friend or lack of familiarity with the transaction process. FSBO homes may offer a deal you can't res…

  • Using Your VA Loan Benefit To Buy a Condo

    Using Your VA Loan Benefit To Buy a Condo

    Many service members and veterans are looking to take advantage of their VA loan benefit but aren’t quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. A condo may have amenities and benefits that better fit your lifestyle. The VA offers the same guaranty on condominium purchases as they do for traditional home loans. Veterans are offered a less vigorous application process and lenient credit requirements helping …

  • 5 Common Reasons Homes Fail The VA Loan Appraisal

    5 Common Reasons Homes Fail The VA Loan Appraisal

    While the VA loan process consists of multiple steps, the appraisal process can prove the most frustrating for some service members. The VA utilizes a set of Minimum Property Requirements that must be addressed before a loan can receive the agency’s guarantee. Those MPRs cover a range of important things and are in place to ensure the safety and health of military home buyers. The VA wants homes to be “move…

  • 7 Tips for Crafting a Captivating Home Buyer’s Letter

    7 Tips for Crafting a Captivating Home Buyer’s Letter

    In a competitive buying market like we’re currently experiencing, making your offer stand out could make the difference between being a happy new homeowner and a buyer still in the market for a home. Unfortunately, sellers aren’t just going to hand over the keys to their home. So how can you set yourself apart from the competition? One answer: A letter. More and more homebuyers are writing personal letters to sellers to make their offer stand out. This letter is a chance for you to shine …

  • Should You Save Your VA Eligibility and Go FHA?

    Should You Save Your VA Eligibility and Go FHA?

    The past few years FHA loans have been enormously popular. This is largely a byproduct of the fact that FHA financing is a known quantity; these loans have been used by more than 41 million borrowers since the 1930s compared to 22 million borrowers with VA loans since the 1940s. No less important, FHA is especially geared toward first-time and low- to middle- income borrowers. Like VA loans, an FHA mortgage allows…

  • How Does Your DD 214 Help You to Get a VA Home Loan?

    How Does Your DD 214 Help You to Get a VA Home Loan?

    So you're ready to buy a home, and using your VA loan sounds like a smart idea. Even if you don't have a home picked out, or even know how much home you can afford, one of the first steps to using your VA benefits is determining whether you're eligible for the program. For many veterans, your DD 214 can help you get the ball rolling on the VA home loan process. Who is issued a DD 214? Only veterans of the r…

  • Save Money By Knowing the Difference Between APR and Interest Rate

    Save Money By Knowing the Difference Between APR and Interest Rate

    Understandably, many first-time homebuyers are confused when it comes to interest rates. Complicating the issue further, potential borrowers are bombarded with a lot of information, and it can become difficult for them to know when they are getting the best deal. You want to make sure you're getting all of the correct information when making one of the biggest purchases of your life. By doing so, you ensure you're…

  • 5 Tips to Avoid Being House Poor

    5 Tips to Avoid Being House Poor

    The price of a house is perhaps one of the most crucial factors in the purchase process, though it can be all too easy to neglect its weight once the home search begins. $15,000 of cushion can become a $50,000 compromise in a matter of minutes. By determining absolute price points before you even step foot inside the first house, you can confine your interest to houses in an affordable range, making it that much …

  • Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

    Everything You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance

    House fires happen -- an average of about 357,000 per year -- and when they do the home and just about everything inside are damaged or destroyed. Without homeowners insurance to cover the cost of repair and replacement, the homeowner loses hundreds of thousands of dollars effectively overnight. Therefore, having homeowners insurance is probably one of the most important policies you can have. Homeowners insuranc…