2018 Conforming Loan Limits and FHA Loan Limits Increased

On November 28, 2017, it was announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, that for 2018 the baseline loan limit for conforming loans will increase from $424,100 to $453,100. This is due to raising house prices and real estate appreciation. According to the FHFA, from the third quarter of 2016 to the third… Read more »

USDA Mortgage Repair Escrow Program

What is a USDA Mortgage? The USDA loan, or Rural Developmental loan, allows for homebuyers to purchase a home with a zero down payment.  This is great for people that want to live in a rural area and get a loan that is truly zero down.  Benefits of getting a USDA loan is that you… Read more »

The Mortgage Process: What Happens After Pre-Approval

Congratulations! You passed the pre-approval stage for getting a home, but what happens next? Once you have a pre-approval letter from your lender, you can start looking for a home to purchase. Keep in mind that the letter is only good for 60 to 90 days, depending on the type of approval you received. Why… Read more »

What’s the Deal with Credit Scores?

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The History of Credit Scores Credit reports and scores have played a large part in many Americans’ lives, but what do we really know about credit scores?  Before the use of credit scores, it was up to lenders to decide whether a person would be granted a loan.  This method was not always the best… Read more »

How to get pre-approved for a mortgage

Things to avoid when buying a home in Michigan.

If you are new to the home-buying process, you are probably aware that one of the best first courses of action is to get pre-approved before you start house hunting. So, you head to your bank or financial institution, but you have no idea what goes into the process of pre-approval. What do you need… Read more »

How a HELOC Can Help You Become Your Own Boss

Michelle Huizinga is a hairdresser in West Michigan, but you won’t find her at a retail salon near a grocery store. Instead, Michelle, like many enterprising entrepreneurs, works from her own home. Through a room she renovated in her home, Michelle now sees her clients and her children with no travel time. “I started working… Read more »